For our dear mother Church, today is the last day of the year.
It is the ideal day to meditate on the Day–the last day, the end of time.
As we have noted before, St. Basil explained Christ’s words as well as anyone ever has.
The Lord said, “Take heed of yourselves, lest…the day come upon you unawares” (Luke 21:34).
St. Basil explained:
Every animal has within itself certain instincts which it has received from God, for the preservation of its own being.
Wherefore Christ has also given us this warning, that what comes to animals by nature may be ours by the aid of reason and prudence: that we may flee from sin as the brute creatures shun deadly food; that we may seek after righteousness, as they wholesome herbs.
Take heed of yourselves. Eat your Wheaties. Do good; avoid evil.