Today is a glimpse into the life of the Church in its 14th century Eastern Orthodox monastic setting in Meteora.  This means that there are, obviously, no scriptures relating to this time, however, we are on our way to Athens, where we will begin the cruise portion of our journey.  We will spend more time in Athens near the end of our trip and will explore more about Paul’s work in that city and his famous speech at the Areopagus.

Of course, the work of the monk is prayer and service to God.  We too have a calling to such understanding and communion with God, even if we don’t become part of a monastic community like that in Meteora.  The Psalmist and the writers of Proverbs communicated this calling

Psalm 111:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!

Proverbs 9:10  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.

We pray:

Heavenly Father, as we tour the monasteries of Meteora, may the examples of commitment, love and sacrifice by the monks who lived and still live there, be an inspiration to our own piety, practice and study of your word.  May we be blessed by you to turn toward you more and more every day, and away from the worldly things that would distract us from your mission for is in building your kingdom.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.