Continuing on the spirituality of Lent, this sermon examines the role of the Gentiles highlighted in gospel readings during Lent, including the Canaanitish Woman, the Samaritan Woman and the Roman Centurian. Often, as Orthodox Christians, we over-identify with the "chosen people" of Israel (except on Good Friday), but it seems the scriptures point to the adoption of Gentile humility instead. Fr John Brian's sermon uses the Gospel lesson from Matthew chapter 15, verses 21-28 and the morning gospel from Luke chapter 7, verses 1-10 bring us to understanding the emphasis on Gentile humility that brings greater spiritual health.
This sermon uses the readings and services appointed from the Malankara Syrian lectionary and was given on Sunday, March 7, 2010 by Fr John Brian Paprock at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Mission Chapel, Madison, Wisconsin.
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