Our Lord is coming to change us!
As we enter into the year-end holiday season, it's more important than ever to seriously examine our priorities. So many activities beckon us--parties, trips, children, entertainment--our schedules seem more packed than ever! Yet, as we approach the sacred time of Advent, and enter into the fast of the Nativity, it is imperative to spend a greater, not lesser, amount of time in pursuance of the "one thing needful". For despite the plethora of distractions that beset us all in this wonderful season, we must never forget that without the impending entrance of our Lord Jesus Christ into the history of humankind by His gracious choice to show His love for all of us in becoming a man, there would be nothing for the world to celebrate! It is precisely because of His presence among us that this time of the year is so important to so many people, whether for those believing in our Lord or those who ignore Him.
Who Is the Ancient of Days?
Fr. Steven Ritter discusses the mysterious figure in Daniel 7:13-14: "I beheld one coming with the clouds as the Son of man, and he came unto the Ancient of Days, and was brought near to Him. To him was given the dominion, and the honor, and the kingdom. His dominion is an everlasting dominion which shall not pass away."
St. Amphilochios on Avoiding Despair
Amphilochius of Iconium was a fourth-century bishop who was influential among the Cappodocian Fathers. It is to St. Amphilochius that St. Basil the Great dedicated his well-known patristic text "On the Holy Spirit." This story about resisting despair is attributed to him.