October 26

Adam could not blame himself, but instead attributed the responsibility for his transgression to God. He thus made himself unworthy of the gift of repentance, and God allowed him to suffer exile so that he might discover it.

We must therefore cling to the example of Christ, the New Adam, and voluntarily take the blame for everything through self-condemnation. This process joins us to the very Cross of Christ, for it was undertaken voluntarily, not for His own benefit–since the Lord was ‘without blemish and without spot’ (1 Peter 1:19) and therefore had no need of repentance–but for our salvation.

~Archimandrite Zacharias

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