God's love resurrects the world to eternal life. We are taking part in this resurrection, because we are members of the Church, and because the Church is our new world where Christ lives among us. When we forget about Christ in our lives or lose touch with Him in our hearts, we should not wait to repent and plead to Him: "Lord help us! We are going underneath! We are dying!”
Peter did the same, and so did the lepers: they touched His garment and were healed. So let us continue our journey forward with hope and faith in the power of God's love to heal us and give us strength. That way, we will overcome the many barriers and hurdles on our way.
We learn to reflect and make choices as we grow, and our world becomes quite different from the way it was when, as small children, we expected things to get done for us automatically. Our present lives look more like a never-ending race. Breaking free from the routine and the pressure to get things done ever more quickly is an uphill struggle. But with God, we are going to keep up. We get out of bed, we ask for God's help through the day and read our morning prayers. If we had slept in for work, we would feel rushed, so we might say on our way to work and have breakfast on the run. Other times, we have more time to slow down and reflect. We can have a more thoughtful conversation with God as we ask for His blessings for the day. Whatever our circumstances, we should always find the time to spend with God, share silence with Him, and put ourselves before Him.
Our lives are full of sorrows and troubles, but we should always make room for His love and His blessing. As we welcome God in our homes and embrace Him in our hearts, let us imagine ourselves having this honest conversation: "Let me know, O Lord, what you desire most. When you brought me into this world, what was your intent? Did I come to eat and sleep, or to resist the works of the flesh, to find You and live by You?"
May God give us the strength to move forward and not despair; may we have His help as we proceed. God's power is manifest in weakness. (2 Corinthians 12: 9). All we need is to be humble enough to put our lives in God's hands. He will not leave us. We are never alone. How can we be alone if we know God?
With God, we have His love in our hearts. A heart like this is big enough to embrace the whole world. The saints were praying for the world, they had no time to complain that no one loved them. They gave their love to everyone. If we want to be loved, we need to give our love, too. Frequently, however, we love no-one but ourselves. Sitting in the limited space of an underground cell, we have very little sense of perspective. But the Lord lifts us, we look around and see the boundless horizons of His love. Do not wait for love and sympathy from others, but share them generously, and be the first to do so.
The world is jealous. One finds God and begins to hold little value in its treasures – money, wealth, power, pride and much else. But the world will go to any length to keep us from abandoning its treasures for the love of God.
We all understand that it is very important to have an inner life, but sometimes this inner life can be rather poor, and then even external efforts produce results. When in difficult times a person constrains himself for Christ’s sake, God will…
Apostle Paul gives an apt description of the inner struggle that many of us will have experienced: "For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate to do I do". These words are very true, but in reality, our dilemma lies even deeper.
We should have a purpose to our lives, and do all we can to live up to it. Yet some lives look more like an abandoned corner of a field overgrown with weed. People seem to be living them without a sense of purpose, and some may have given up.
Let the Christians rejoice, even though few people want to talk about the joy and are preoccupied instead by the troubles and misfortunes of the world. Christ has overcome this world, and we are going His way to the Kingdom of Heaven.
Let us all be conscious and worthy of the honour to be called Orthodox Christians... and seek peace within ourselves, so thousands will be saved around us.
During the Great Lent, we abstain from certain foods and entertainments, but this fasting is not limited to abstinence; we aim at the the restoration of our inner peace.
We should all keep the fire of life within us, and not let it die out. A sparkle of this fire is present in each of us, we just need to let it grow. The Divine Liturgy is a shared blessing. We celebrate the liturgy just as we live our lives.