Make yourselves clean;
Remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes;
Cease to do evil, learn to do good;
Seek justice, correct oppression;
Defend the fatherless, plead for the widow
If you said to yourself "Gee I just don't know what to do for Great Lent!" the Orthodox Church comes out and tells you the very first day from the very first Scripture reading. (Here's Isaiah 1:1-20 if you want to read it in context). "Cease to do evil, learn to do good".
So since this seems to be the command, I am proposing the following for the 7 weeks leading up to Easter (or Pascha as we call it in Orthodox Christianity). Each week we should focus on fulfilling a Chief Corporal Work of Mercy. Here's the list:
- To feed the hungry
- To give drink to the thirsty
- To clothe the naked
- To ransom captives
- To shelter the homeless
- To visit the sick
- To bury the dead
Week 1 is easy enough to fulfill...every town has an organization that collect foods. Take a second to google and find out their greatest needs and do what you can. Or, look to your own neighborhood. Do you know a family that is struggling? There are plenty of people having a rough go of it right now. Ask your priest or pastor if there is a family in your church that you can anonymously help out with a gift card to a food store. If there are other less obvious ways that you can think of, drop a comment and let me know.
Now, I'm going to be checking up on you all...I'll publish another post in a few days, probably with a mid-week meditation from someone über-holy, so don't think you can get away with doing nothing. I've got my eye on you!!!
Best wishes for a beautiful, fruitful and blessed Lent.