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Lenten Meditations: Saturday 16 February

Feb 16
am: Ps 30, 32
pm: 42, 43
Deut 7:17-26
Titus 3:1-15
John 1:43-51
SATURDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY – St Pamphilus the Martyr & his Companions, 290 (Eastern Calendar)
LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY: Today on the Eastern Church calendar we remember Saint Pamphilus persecuted for the faith during the reign of Maximian, in the year 290, in Caesarea of Palestine, and was put to death by command of Firmilian, the Governor of Palestine. His fellow contestants' names are Valens, Paul, Seleucus, Porphyrius, Julian, Theodulus, and five others from Egypt
MEDITATION OF THE DAY: The story of Nathaniel is one that captures our attention in this jaded world, often because of a simple phrase in the King James Version, which reads in whom there is no guile“, (the NIV translates it as “in whom nothing is false.” What a charism to have, what discipline and spiritual purity must have been deeply part of the person of Nathaniel! In Nathaniel l, what you see and hear is what is there. You know where you stand. Not that he cannot be persuaded otherwise, for he quickly endorses Jesus once he feels known by him. Perhaps that is why he expresses what so many thought, but did not say, when he says, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” He wasn’t being mean spirited but simply going on what he understood and was willing to be corrected if wrong. The fact is that we are very much like Nathanael — many of us start out skeptical; we need to meet Jesus personally for him to change our lives. He was open. He was willing to “Come and See”. Once he did he fell on his knees and declared: “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.” The key he found is to do so not only with ones lips but with one’s life. Not unlike the Saint from the Eastern Church calendar we remember this day. It is about the life we live and the choices we make.

PRAYER OF THE DAY: Father, I turn to you to ignite my inner self and all the energies within me with a presence that transforms me into the image of Your Son. Help me be better, do better and live better. The fire that dwells within me seeks to transform into something beautiful, radiant and wonderful. I ask this through Jesus Christ's Precious, Pure and Holy name I pray. – Amen!

Lenten DisciplineGet 2 sheets of paper and a pen, on one, write your behaviors, habits and choices that have been authentic and life-giving, and, on another, those that have duplicitous and deprived you or others of life. Make a plan with a spiritual partner and the Lord to root out just one of those that are from the spirit of death.

ANCIENT WISDOM/PRESENT GRACE:  “In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.” - Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Life Together).

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