A reflection on the sin of gluttony

Reflections of the day

Proverbs 23:20-21

Do not mix with winebibbers,
Or with gluttonous eaters of meat; 

 For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty,
And drowsiness will clothe a man with rags.

Galatians 5: 16-18

 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.  For  the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

Prayer should be the means by which I, at all times, receive all that I need, and, for this reason, be my daily refuge, my daily consolation, my daily joy, my source of rich and inexhaustible joy in life.

– Saint John Chrysostom

A reflection on the sin of gluttony

Heavenly Father,

Thou art the creator of thou world and all that is in it. Thou art almighty, and thou art most powerful, and thou art Our Heavenly Father, that knows all, and thou art Our Heavenly Father, who sees all. Heavenly Father, we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou hath created thou world that is a world that is full of wonder, and thou hath created thou world that is a world that is full of beauty. We acknowledge that there is much in thou world that gives a pleasure, and  we acknowledge that there is much in thou world that we can be thankful for. We are able to see in a way that is clear that there is much in thou world all can enjoy, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that there is much in thou world all can enjoy without a focus on one to the exclusion of another.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that for some a focus on a pleasure  means another pleasure is, and always will be put aside.We are able to see in a way that is clear that there is much in thou world all can enjoy, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that some demand a pleasure from another that is less than desirable, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that a demand for a pleasure that is excessive is what is described as gluttony .

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that a desire of gluttony is apparent in thou world that we live in, and that a desire of a nature that is gluttonous is one that is evident with a food that is eaten, and is evident with a drink that is consumed. We are able to see in a way that is clear that thou Scriptures teach all Mankind about a sin of gluttony. We are able to see in a way that is clear that for many it is perceived, and it is discerned, as an over-indulgence of food, and an over-indulgence of drink, and what is described by some as a misplaced desire of food, and a misplaced desire of drink. We acknowledge that much of what is said in thou Scriptures about a sin of gluttony is relevant on this day.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time of Lent we reflect carefully upon a lifestyle of a self, and we ask thou are able to guide all Mankind in terms of perceiving, and in terms of discerning, a sin of gluttony.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that many lead a life that can be described as busy, and that many eat at a time that is not considered by some as a time that is sensible. We ask thou to guide Mankind to eat at a time that can be described as a time that is needed to satisfy a hunger. We acknowledge that much of a food for Mankind in what is described as a developed world is available in a way that is immediate, and we acknowledge that some are unable to see in a way that is clear what should be eaten, and how much should be eaten at a time that is given.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we uphold to thouself, thou people of thou nations of Africa, who are in the main thou people who are poor, and who are in thou main thou people who are hungry, and we ask thou to provide a number of opportunities before all so that all needs can be addressed for thou people of thou nations of Africa.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that a drink of alcohol, and the use of a stimulant, is one that for some is imbibed to an excess. We are able to see in a way that is clear that for some alcohol is drunk in an excess, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that  for some alcohol is often drunk on a basis that is frequent. We hope and we pray that many will reflect carefully upon the perils of drinking alcohol in excess, and make a change in a life that is necessary so that an intake is one that can be described as moderate.

Heavenly Father, there has been much said in the media about the eating of certain foods, and there has been much said in the media about the drinking of certain stimulants in excess, and there has been much said in the media about the consequences of drinking alcohol in excess. We are able to see in a way that is clear that a food eaten in excess, and a drink taken in excess is likely to have an effect on a health of a self that is less than desirable.

Heavenly Father, we ask that the many who are unable to see a way forward in a way that is clear in terms of caring for a health in a way that thou intends all Mankind to care for a health, can be led to an understanding of what thou desires.

Heavenly Father, we ask thou to guide all Mankind to be moderate in the way a food is eaten, and to be moderate in the way a drink is imbibed, and we ask thou to guide all Mankind in all areas of a life to enable all to see in a way that is clear that thou desire is for all Mankind to live a life that is fitting. We hope and we pray that many will reflect carefully upon the sin of gluttony, and we hope and we pray that many will turn to thou.

Heavenly Father, we uphold to thouself, Our Heavenly Father, all that hath been spake in thou name of thouself, Our Heavenly Father, and in thou name of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, who together with thou Holy Spirit is, and was, and always will be, the most supreme, and the most absolute power and being, that governs over all who are of this earth that we live on, now and always, for evermore.

Amen.

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Posted on March 14, 2012, in famine, Lent, The ministry of Jesus, The sin of gluttony and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Daphne Williams

    Many of our young people are binge drinking and end up in Emergency Departments to be ‘dried out’. However much publicity about this is shown in the media, young people feel they have to keep up with their friends and do not seem to care about the long-term effects on their health. Middle-aged people are also imbibing alcohol to the detriment of their overall health. Father, we pray that they may see the error of their ways allowing them to lead a fulfilling life without all this ‘baggage’.

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