Continuing on the spirituality of Lent, this sermon examines another great spiritual practice of Lent: having gratitude in our attitude by knowing the power of God. Fr John Brian examines the story of the man born blind (John chapter 9) with Chapter 8 of Second Corinthians and noting the prescription of bringing forth of first fruits in a basket to the temple priest in Deuteronomy 26:2-4.
"Jesus said to them, Neither did he sin nor his parents, but that the works of God might be seen in him." John 9:3
"God is able to make all goodness abound to you ... that you may be enriched in everything, for such generosity enables us to perfect thanksgiving to God. For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but it is also made abundant by many thanksgivings to God." 2 Corinthians 9:8-12
This sermon uses the readings and services appointed from the Malankara Syrian lectionary and was given on Sunday, March 21, 2010 by Fr John Brian Paprock at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Mission Chapel, Madison, Wisconsin.
"Thanks be to God for His incomparable gifts." 2 Corinthians 9:15
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