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izgonirea1On this Sunday we start the LENT (the fasting time before Easter), remembering ADAM WHO WAS BANISHED FROM THE GARDEN OF EDEN because he ate from the tree that GOD commanded him not to eat from (Genesis 3,11).

Life in Garden of Eden was like living in heaven; everything was perfect, and if Adam and Eve had obeyed God, they could have lived there forever. But after disobeying, Adam and Eve no longer deserved paradise, and God told them to leave. No longer was everything provided for them; now they have to struggle against the elements in order to provide food, cloths and shelter for themselves and their family. Every human being ever born has inherited the sinful nature of Adam (Romans 5,12).

Tomorrow we start the journey of the Great Lent for 40 days. Fasting – going without food in order to spend time in prayer – is noble and difficult; it gives us time to pray, teaches self-discipline, reminds us that we can live with a lot less, and helps us appreciate God’s gifts.

Jesus says we should check our motives in three areas: (1) generosity : “Be careful not to do your acts of righteousness before men, to be seen by them”. (2) prayer :”When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites”. (3) fasting : “When you fast, do not look somber” (Matthew 6)

“This is the fast I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, to break every yoke, to share your bread with the hungry, to bring to your house the poor who are cast out; when you see the naked to cover him.”..(Isaiah 58,6)

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