Holy and Great Monday

In the morning, as he was returning to the city, he was hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the wayside he went to it, and found nothing on it but leaves only. And he said to it, “May no fruit ever come from you again!” And the fig tree withered at once. When the disciples saw it they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither at once?” Matthew 21:18-20

I love this reading. We want to be virtuous and have perfect prayer of the heart and tearful compunction and repentance. We want to master the spiritual life and be like the angels who are noetic bodiless wonders. All of this is like the leaves on the fig tree. What does a fruit bearing tree look like? A heart that is humble and broken. A person who has set his eyes on Christ Jesus and not on being something himself (like a guru) – that is a tree that bears fruit. Wanting anything other than Christ is just a leafy tree. Trees without fruit get cursed at. Got it.

See! The Bridegroom sets forth in the dead of night. And blessed is that servant whom he shall find on watch; unworthy the one he shall come upon lazing. See to it, soul, that sleep does not overtake you, lest you be given up to death and be shut out of the kingdom. Bestir yourself, then, and sing out: “Holy, holy, holy are You, our God; through the protection of the bodiless powers, save us.” Apolytikion

Jacob mourned the loss of Joseph, while the noble one rode in a chariot, honored as royalty. For having spurned the enticements of the Egyptian woman, he was in turn glorified by Him who knows the hearts of men and bestows an incorruptible crown. Kontakion


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