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Laziness and Excuses: Lent Series, Short Contemplation on Spiritual Infirmity

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Changes can bring different responses. For example, if we change to a new car, we enjoy the experience of the test drive, the smell of the new car, and the up-to-date technology, but once that first bill comes, we don’t like the change so much after all. We also get comfortable with our lives, we accept the status quo, and after a while, we are too comfortable to even question it or to think of changing it. In the gospel of the sixth week of the reading of the Great Lent, according to the Coptic church lectionary, the miracle of healing the paralytic man in John 5 is read. This man, although we don’t know his name, his exact age, or any of his circumstances, waited patiently for the water at the pool to be moved for thirty-eight years, but once the Lord stopped by him, he got up, picked up his bed, and walked. He accepted the challenge and the change, left his infirmity behind him, went to the temple, and preached Jesus, the man who had healed him.


Most of us, myself included, struggl…

Prodigal living: Lent Series, Short Contemplation.

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Considering all what is said about the parable of the Prodigal Son, in my opinion his most grievous mistake was not asking for his inheritance, wasting his resources, working with the swine, or even being with the harlots but leaving his father’s house and wanting to be his own master. Before we talk about the son and his father and their incredible story of return, acceptance and love, let’s first talk about prodigal living. Prodigal living is wasteful living, not necessarily sinful, but just wasteful, without a purpose, guidance and simply careless, which could include and lead to sinful living. It is a broad spectrum, from the depth of sin to the deceptive careless way of depleting time, energy, and gifts. The Scriptures do not tell us much about the prodigal son’s life away from his father’s house except that it was wasteful and left us to contemplate on this word for our own lives.
For the younger son, prodigal living included working with swine, an unclean animal according to Mo…

Do Not Compromise: A Short Contemplation on the Lord’s Temptation

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According to ancient mythology, evil spirits resided in both water and in deserted places, so the Lord went down in the water of the Jordan to be baptized and went out to the wilderness to be tempted by Satan, thereby gaining victory for all of us over Satan. The Lord accepted being tempted by His enemy for our sake. He was willing to be put to the test by Satan to show us how to overcome him but also to demonstrate that we may attain victory through His victory as we are His body.
After forty days in the wilderness, He was hungry, so Satan came to tempt Him. Satan saw Him in His bodily weakness, and he moved with the intention to make the Lord fall and sin. So it is with us; we are tempted through our weakness and in our hunger. I don’t necessarily mean hunger for food; we might be hungry for compassion, kind words, friendship, money, recognition, physical touch, attention, promotion, relationship, etc. Some of these items are not wrong to desire; however, we must be careful in how t…