On this fourth week-end of our preparation for the Great Fast, we hear clearly spelled out what Jesus meant by “love of neighbor.” While cast within the context of the “Last Judgment,” what the Gospel is truly telling us that METANOIA really requires that we are fully aware of how God intends us to live as human beings in order to be His children. We cannot really change our attitudes and behaviors – change our hearts and minds – if we are not aware of what that requires. It requires that we learn how to treat others.
Those who desire to observe the Great Fast in accordance with Holy Tradition, this weekend marks the beginning of our abstinence from meat. That is why it is called Meat Fare. This should not be undertaken, however, if one is older or engaged in strenuous work. We must always be sensible about our faith.