Bishop of Corfu: Church remains the big family
On Sunday morning, October 6, 2019, his Eminence, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, did the Divine Liturgy in the parish of VIrgin Mary the Odigitria in Alepou.
Addressing the large congregation of families of young people, Mr. Nektarios referred to the apostolic reading of the day, through which we receive messages about our own lives. At the time of the second letter to the Corinthians, people lived in a mess and in confusion. The preaching of the resurrection that the apostle Paul put forth came to a world drained of sin.
Preaching has changed people’s lives. Paul points out that the change is accompanied by the responsibility not to be blamed for the life of Christians. Consistency of words and works is much needed. This is unfortunately still the case today.
Christian means love for fellow human beings. Christian means denial of injustice and evil. This requires a change of mindset. We need to be deacons to God. With our reason and our lives we need to subvert the spirit of blasphemy and blame.
And let’s be patient with grief and evil, without being distressed. To experience the joy of God’s presence, to associate with Him, when the Holy Spirit comes and burns our lives, cleanses our hearts and our minds. We go through all sorrow and distress and strive to become imitators of Christ. So we need to make a decision. God expects us to make a spiritual beginning, to acknowledge our mistakes, and to fight.
At the end of the Divine Liturgy, Mr. Nektarios dedicated his sanctuary to the cathedral’s parish meetings and saw the participation of many children, which is hopeful, at a time of religious discoloration! He Praised Pastor Spyridon Triantafyllos, a new clergyman who shares the bishop’s visions.
The parish’s catechetical effort shows that in a time when spiritual education is being challenged, the Church remains the large family that parentally brings sickness under its wing, struggling to nourish people spiritually!