Sunday of the Last Judgment (Meatfare)

    • 4th Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of The Last Judgment Meatfare
      2007-02-11
    • 4th Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of The Last Judgment
      The Judgment Is All About Love
      Matthew 25:31-46
      2008-03-02
    • 4th Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of The Last Judgment Meatfare
      2009-02-22
    • 4th Sunday before Great Lent (HTML format)
    • Sunday Of The Last Judgment Meatfare
      2010-02-07
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      SYNOPSIS:Why is this scripture read today, two Sundays before Great Lent begins? What is its meaning? What are the two critical characteristics of those who will be saved? How are we to understand the things the righteous did and the unrighteous did not do, and their identical answers to the Lord? What must we do?
    • 4th Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of The Last Judgment Meatfare
      The Services Teach Us How To Pray
      2011-02-27
      SYNOPSIS:A short homily given after Vespers and before matins on the Eve of the Sunday of the Last Judgment. The services contain much dogmatic content, but also teach us *how* to pray - what our attitude should be. The Sunday of the Last Judgment has many prayers (in the first person!) which mention the terrifying judgments and our terrible sinfulness, and they always end with hope in God's mercy. We must learn to pray in this way - to consider ourselves the worst of sinners and in the same breath, the same thought, having great confidence in God's mercy. Several examples for the services for tonight are discussed.
    • 4th Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of The Last Judgment Meatfare
      Things That Are Repeated Are Important
      Matthew 25-31-46
      2011-02-27
      SYNOPSIS:The account of the last judgment in the Gospel of Matthew has a lot of repetition in it. In scripture, when things are repeated, they are important. Both the righteous and the unrighteous heard the same list of good works (fed the hungry, visited the sick and those in prison, etc), and their reactions were externally similar - they wondered when the events the Lord describes occurred. The righteous "forgot" about their good works because their works were because of their consuming love for God and neighbor. Let us look carefully at the list of works the Lord describes and understand their exact meaning, and the meaning of the responses of the righteous and unrighteous. The main criterion for the judgment will be whether we have fulfilled the two greatest commandments.
    • 4th Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Meat Commendeth Us Not To God
      1 Corinthians 8-8-9-2
      2012-02-08
      SYNOPSIS:Perhaps one of the best remembered scriptures among those who do not fast and do not read the scripture much is the well known phrase of Saint Paul: "But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse." We look at the context of this true statement, and its application to our day. The entire passage is about sensitivity to our brother's weakness, and how the phrase "when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ" is quite similar to the one in today' Gospel: " ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me" We also discuss why we fast - it is a natural requirement of our human nature, and is an easy and readily available way to train ourselves in self-control. Without self-control, we cannot make any progress in the spiritual life.
    • 4th Sunday before Great Lent (Word DOC format)
    • Sunday Of The Last Judgment
      Matthew 25-31-46
      2012-02-19
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      SYNOPSIS:The Sunday of the Last Judgment gives the 3rd piece of important information to us in our preparation for Great Lent. We have learned that to be saved one must not judge others, and feel the weight of personal sins and ask God for mercy. We have seen the process of repentance, from the onset of sin, its destructive affects, self-realization of sin, and the importance process to "arise and go" to our Father, and the critical detail, without which we would never complete our repentance and be saved - our Father will go to us, as we are trying to change, and comfort us and empower us to complete the good work we have started. Today's Gospel about the last judgment shows the end result of true repentance, and also the "flip side" - the outcome for those who do not repent. It is a frightening spectacle, and not a pleasant one to meditate upon, but absolute necessary for us to remember. Lets us talk about how Jesus Christ came the first time, how His second coming will be, and what we must do to hear the blessed words: " Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world".
    • 4th Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of The Last Judgment
      Inherit The Kingdom Prepared For You From The Foundation Of The World
      Matthew 25-31-46
      2013-03-10
      SYNOPSIS:Are you a glass half full or half empty person? How do you look at the Last Judgment story in Matthew 25:31-46? Many people concentrate on the condemnation of those who go to Hell, but the story actually emphasizes that we are eternal beings ("Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world"), and therefore every thing we do and every work of mercy must be eternal. It teaches us how to accomplish this: "Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me"
    • 4th Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of The Last Judgement
      Do Not Judge Repent Be Kind Forgive
      Matthew 25-31-46
      2014-02-23
    • 4th Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of The Last Judgment
      Do Not Judge Repent Be Kind Forgive
      Matthew 25-31-46
      2014-02-23
      SYNOPSIS:Why is the Sunday of the Last judgment celebrated today? The most common answer is that it puts us in the right mindset for the fast, but this is not the main reason. The Gospel of the Last judgment presents criteria for judgment, and they are actual things, and also indicating the nature of the God-man Jesus Christ. We are to learn to become like Christ. If we know this, Great Lent is not a somber time, but a time of joy, expectation and change.
    • 4th Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of The Last Judgment
      Matthew 25-31-46-1corinthians 8-8-9-2
      2015-02-15
      SYNOPSIS:Life is not orderly. Things happen all at once. The Gospel is like this too; it is not like a PowerPoint presentation which proceeds in a logical manner from point a to b to c. Classical homiletics teaches that there should be laser like focus on one point, and this is good most of the time, but it is not like we read the scripture, or how our services are, or how we live our lives. All theology and practice is contained in all these things, all at once. We look into the readings for the Sunday of the Last Judgment, known also as "Meatfare" Sunday, as we experience life, and like a bee, take from each flower the nectar it provides. There are many lessons today. Here are some: we see through a glass darkly, and the things we see are not as they seem. We must learn to think spiritually, and then we will be as the sheep, which in appearance in this life, differ very little from the goats. Everything has a purpose, and we cannot be victorious unless we understand this. There is a rule of life which will save us. It is based on love. We must see everyone as (not just "like") Christ. This is not a mind game or a mental exercise; it is the only way to fulfill the law of love. The Apostle and our Lord define it clearly for us. We must be vigorous in our promises! St Paul teaches this to us today.
    • Inner meaning of the Last Judgment Gospel. (mp3 format)
    • Sunday of the Last Judgment
      Matthew 25:31-46
      2016
      SYNOPSIS:First, and overview of all 5 Sunday Gospels in the preparation period for Great Lent, to see how they fit together. Then a discussion of the outer vs. inner teaching of this Gospel form Matthew about the Last judgment. Of course the immediately apparent teaching of this Gospel is that there will be a judgment and we will be judged if we are not compassionate. The inner meaning can be gleaned from understanding why the Lord referred to the "young kids" as being put on the left (the actual word means immature goats - "young kids", and His answer to the righteous when they question Him: "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." Putting these things together we see with excitement the possibilities before us in this upcoming fast: we are to grow towards maturity, so that, as the image of God within us becomes more apparent, we see Christ in everyone else. Christianity is not rules, or exercises. It is growth toward perfection. We are not to be "young kids", who are immature, foolish and selfish, but mature sheep and even mature goats!



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