Wednesday, May 16, 2012

4th Sunday - Sunday of The True Light



CHRIST is Risen- Truly He is Risen
Khristós Anésti! Alithós Anésti! 

 
Sundays of the Holy Fifties

Meditation on Church reading during the Holy Fifties:

The fathers of the church arranged and named Sundays of the Holy Fifties as they did with the Sundays of the Great Fasting.


4th Sunday - Sunday of The True Light:

Our Lord Jesus Christ is the True Light "In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men. And the Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it."  John 1:4-5
Jesus said “I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."  John 8:12

"That was the True Light which gives light to every man coming into the world."  John 1:9
"A little while longer the Light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the Light, believe in the Light, that you may become sons of Light."  John 12:35-36 
"I have come  as a Light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness”  John 12:46

In the Orthodox Creed we declare our faith in the Holy Trinity "The Father, The Son & The Holy Spirit."  

We also pray in the Orthodox Creed, "Light  from Light."
"That you may proclaim the praises of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous Light.” 1Peter 2:9
“A Light  to bring revelation to the Gentile”  Luke 2:32

In the Old Testament the word LIGHT denotes the prophecies about the Divine Incarnation, our Salvation by the 1st coming of the Lord our Savior  “The Lord is my Light and my  Salvation”  Psalm 27:1
“ I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, As a Light to the Gentiles.”  Isaiah 42:.6   “And He has given us Light”  Psalm 118:27   "The people who walked in darkness have seen a great Light;”  Isaiah 9:2.   "For with You is the fountain of life; In Your Light we see Light.”  Psalm 36:9

The word  LIGHT in the Holy Scripture also denotes the Light of the live words of  the Holy Gospel “Your Word is a lamp to my feet And a Light to my path."  Psalm 119:105
"lest the Light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them"  2 Corinthians 4:4 
It also denotes the true believers who follow the Word " You are the light of the world ..." Matthew 5:14
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."   Matthew 5:16

Prayer


O God Support us to deserve to be called "The Sons of Light."  Many times I am deceived by the adversary and I fall in the darkness of sin.  By Your Grace I get out of the darkness.  Please support me to stand again when I fall and to walk in Your Light .


You created eyes for me to see the  material light.  But I want to enjoy Your True Light. Please open the eyes of my heart, O Lord Who said: "Let there be light."  Genesis 1:3
Let "Your Light" shine on us to see by our hearts. Enlighten our path to clearly see the path through  the narrow gate.  Amen!

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