The Consolation of Commending All Our Lives to Christ (Sat. August 21)

The word of the day is “Lord’s.” In good times we are apt to forget that we own neither the present nor the future. We begin to construct a life for ourselves without reference to our Creator and Redeemer.  But in times of misfortune, when things do not go our way, we see the futility of our efforts to live for ourselves. At these times, it is a great comfort to believe that everything is in the hands of God. In today’s reading of Romans 14:6-9, St. Paul writes, “Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s” (vs. 8).  At the end of every litany in the Divine Liturgy, we “commend ourselves and each other, and all our…

The Comfort of Commending Ourselves and One Another to the Lord (Sun. June 13)

The word of the day is “commend.”  It isn’t easy to part with loved ones.  At times of leave-taking, we know that we will no longer be present with our beloved.  And they will not be able to care for us nor we to care for them.  Yet there is one thing  that can give us comfort.  We can commend those we love to the Lord. In our reading of Acts 20:16-18;28-36, Paul meets with the elders of the church in Ephesus for what was likely to be the last time (Acts 20:25).  He gives his farewell instructions that they are to take care of the flock to which they have been entrusted.  Then he commends them “to God and…