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Recently, St. Gregory Palamas has let me know through various means that he wants to me to get to know him. I decided to begin this endeavor by reading his homilies and already he is becoming a real inspiration. I wanted to share a passage from his second homily because it puts into words far better than I can an explanation of Genesis 4:7 in context of Christ. Cain is contemplating the murder of his brother Abel when God confronts him:

If you are doing right, surely you ought to hold your head high! But if you are not doing right, Sin is crouching at the door hungry to get you. You can still master him.’

I take great strength from this passage. Even when all seems dark and hopeless, we have the power to overcome sin! How much more so now that we have our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ:

The unseen patron of evil is full of evil ingenuity. Right at the beginning he can drag away, by means of hopelessness and lack of faith, the foundations of virtue already laid in the soul. Again, by means of indifference and laziness, he can make an attempt on the walls of virtue’s house just when they are being built up. Or he can bring down the roof of good works after its construction, by means of pride and madness. But stand firm, do not be alarmed, for a diligent man is even more ingenious in good things, and virtue has superior forces to deploy against evil. It has at its disposal supplies and support in battle from Him who is all-powerful, who in His goodness strengthens all lovers of virtue. So not only can virtue remain unshaken by various wicked devices prepared by the enemy, but it can also lift up and restore those fallen into the depths of evil, and easily lead them to God by repentance and humility. — St.Gregory Palamas, Homily II

Amen!