Spiritual Reflections of Fr John Brian

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Monday, April 18, 2011

The End of the Journey?

The End of the Journey?
Journey of Lent 7 or The Jounrey of Holy Week...

As we approach the Holy Week before the greatest event in history, we fast for this week too, remembering where Christ has been in our journey and what is to happen.

First, Fr John Brian reflects on how much of this story is not what it seems - how much it is not the way of this world.

Did we notice the journey of Lent has not ended? Even as Jesus Christ arrives in Jerusalem, the journey has only begun! So this is could be called the seventh sermon in
the Lenten Journey of 2011 or the first sermon of Holy Week 2011.

This week, Fr John Brian reveals how everything we think should happen for our benefit only happens the way God intends, showing us that God's way is not of this world.

The Lenten Journey is a journey to the cross. This week we think we have arrived only to see the hard part of the journey is before us. Nevertheless, we rightly and truthfully join the chorus, "Hosanna is He who comes in the Name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!"

This sermon lesson uses the readings and services appointed from the Malankara Syrian lectionary and was given on Palm Sunday, April 17, 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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