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The Kingdome of God is at hand


Mon­day. [II Cor. 5:10–15; Mark 1:9–15] The Lord began His ser­mon thus: The time is ful­filled, and the King­dom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the Gospel. At the end of the ages it will also be said: the time is ful­filled, the king­dom is at hand; but this state­ment will not be fol­lowed by repent ye, and believe but “come out to the judg­ment.” The time for repen­tance and labours of self-improve­ment is end­ed; let ev?eryone give an account of what good or evil things he did in his bod?y. And so, while there is time, hur­ry to use this time unto your sal­va­tion. The Father’s embrace is open for the accep­tance of all who come with a sin­cere feel­ing of con­tri­tion about the past, and with a desire to serve God hence­forth by zeal­ous fulfill?ment of His holy com­mand­ments. For each of us the end of this age is death: it is the door to the oth­er life. Look into it more often and deter?mine for your­self more tru­ly: what then? And hav­ing deter­mined this with­out pity­ing your­self, begin labor­ing to pre­pare what is not ready, to enter the place where joy is unend­ing. Labor to push aside all that could give the ser­vants of out­er dark­ness the right to pre­vail over us and car­ry us away to their realm, from whence there will no longer be a way out.

Saint Theo­phan the Recluse