|Many are called, few are chosen
||[Mar. 2nd, 2017|12:07 am]
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"Now we are in the period of life which we call spiritual spring. If a farmer is late in sowing, then there will be no harvest and, therefore, no bread. Likewise, if a person is late in acquiring sobriety, attention to his inner man, his heart, then he will be left without spiritual nourishment, in spiritual hunger. And if there is some kind of passion in his heart and he realizes it, then he will also understand that no one can drive out this passion except He Who created man. But for this to happen, preparation is needed. And this preparation is fasting and prayer.
(Rymarenko, A.The One Thing Needful (pp. 48–49).
The St. John of Kronstadt Press)
This makes me think of many things. The starving man is more appreciative of the bread for one. The penitent man who spent his whole life going to church will oft have less hunger for the Spirit, for God. The sinner is hungry, just look at the life of St Mary of Egypt as an example. A prostitute born in a foreign faith. In the eyes of man, in the eyes of the legalistic, a great sinner. Turned away from entering the church by the spirit of Mary the mother of God, she shed her old life and repented and then was allowed to enter. After this she shed all and went into the wilderness, living off anything she could find to eat in her desert area. Sleeping in open ground and interacting with nobody. She carried only what was on her back into the wilderness.
Years later she was found by a traveling priest and she was according to his account floating above the ground. He agreed to baptize her and give her communion, but she never lived to see that day. A powerful spirit, first misapplied and then redeemed.
Fasting makes one hungry, it makes one weak. Weakness is the beginning of the realization we need help and are not all powerful. Feeling weak is the beginning of our minds grasping the obvious.
We are imperfect, all living things are. I have been painfully aware of my imperfections for my entire life, as I inherited several extremely rare genetic issues. I would call them disorders or syndromes, but as they cause no real harm and perhaps benefit me in other ways I wonder if they really fall in those categories. All of us have some small flaw we were born with. Nobody is all powerful either, even KiM Il Sung or any other dictator, monarch or even a president. Mr. Trump, you may have millions of dollars but you could never buy me if I didn't agree with my job. Ms. Clinton I wouldn't do anything other than give you the time of day. Mr. Putin I would shake your hand for free.
Politics aside and other analogies aside, basically speaking needing God leaves you hungry. Military campaigns in the western Roman empire mean you desire to know what God gave you the title of Emperor to start with. When you discover the true God you desire to worship and serve that god, and protect the followers of it. In case you didn't notice I was just speaking of Constantine. He may have come to the vineyard late, but the wages of all are the same.