Lock us up in a cell; feed us through a window on a few Prosphroras a day. Would that make a difference? Make some of us saints or ascetics, maybe? In our real lives, no one is locking us up. We are doing it to ourselves, voluntarily.
In a few moments, we will begin the Moleben for the preservation of God's creation. Our selfishness and exorbitant demands bring destruction to our habitats, our homes and ultimately ourselves. Floods, hurricanes and fires are all over the news. We hear about the number of fires put out or the number of planes and people involved. In the Moleben, we talk about repentance, reforming our lives and returning to God. We live in a Christian country, but we are not any more likely to hear any of these mentioned in the news. The news is rich in details and facts but leaves out the essential things.
There is no better time to pray for our schoolchildren and students than at the start of the academic year. They all need our prayers and support. Already, the world is telling us that one can teach without the teacher - a fast computer is just as good. But what will our children achieve without interacting with their teachers, and learning to trust and love them? The separation of students and teachers is a terrifying prospect.
To embrace God's endless love, we must humble ourselves. Instead, we indulge in our pride, tormenting ourselves and others. We isolate ourselves from God because we are too afraid to trust Him. We feel we do not know Him well enough. That is because we have not genuinely met Him. Yet having such a meeting is vital. Meeting God changes our view of the world. We begin to see it as a whole, not a collection of isolated fragments. Our life and our world extend beyond all imaginable limits. We begin our preparation for eternity by letting God in our present lives, and by doing so, we exist in two dimensions. "Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s," as we read in the Gospel. By giving to God what is God's, we move closer to our goal of everlasting life.
No written law diminishes the freedom of a Christian, but Christians are law-abiding. We are not constrained by any external limits, but we set limits for ourselves. Let us keep paying attention to what we do and how we live. Let us not lose from our sight the meaning of our life and every day of it.
And let us never stop giving our thanks to our Lord.
All of us are capable of becoming rich towards the Lord. To do so, there is no need to have abundant riches. Good intentions and benevolence are all that is needed. In the Scripture, Christ tells a parable about a rich man who reaped an abundant…
So where has our zeal for God gone? We still see our lives revolve around Christ. We still cannot imagine our world without Him. Why have we lost the ardour?
The Kingdom of Heaven is a place of unity, not of separation. In the Kingdom, people are called upon to give up their own selves, their privileges and desires for the sake of another. The original sin distorted the Lord's design for the world…
The people who do not know God will live different lives, which may even be quite exciting and filled with all sorts of pleasures. Their life journeys, however, will have the same endpoint – being buried in a grave and falling into oblivion.
The feast of the Exaltation of the Cross takes a special place among the Christian feasts. It is our chance to reflect on eternity, the victory of life over death, and the triumph of God's love.
Every human being is an infinite world, an immortal soul and a miraculous work of God, which He repeats with every new birth. The universe inside us is as fragile as it is beautiful. How can we keep it undefiled and sustain its beauty?
The reality is often different from our wishes. It is cruel to say to someone who is terminally ill, "You are going to get well." Instead, to talk to the person about their eternal destination is to express deep and genuine love.