Spiritual Reflections of Fr John Brian

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Journey of Lent 4: Lent Warfare

Journey of Lent 4: Lent Warfare

This is the fourth sermon in the Lenten Journey of 2011. This week, Fr John Brian gives us a truly homiletic sermon - verse by verse - through the reading appointed from end of Romans Chapter 7 (verses 14-25).

This is discussed in context with the Gospel story of the Canaanite woman who would accept "crumbs from the table" which brings to light one of the paradoxes of the New Testament: how Jesus Christ came to Hebrew people specifically, yet died for all of us.

The Lenten Journey is a journey to the cross. This week we set up the cross at the top of the hill (which will become Golgotha) and we are renewed and refreshed by the healing power of the cross, reminded of Moses, arms held in cruciform to ensure safety of the people of God.

This sermon lesson uses the readings and services appointed from the Malankara Syrian lectionary and was given on Sunday, March 27, 2011 by Fr. John Brian Paprock at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Mission Chapel, Madison, Wisconsin.

"We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency may be of the power of God and not of us." 2 Corinthians 4:7.

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