Bishop of Corfu, Mr. Nektarios: “As Greeks Orthodox, we need to be united.”
On Monday, January 7, 2019, his Eminence, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios did the Divine Liturgy at the celebrating historical church of Saint John in Corfu Town.
In his short music, his Eminence criticized the attitude of the authorities against Jesus Christ and compared it with the actions of the ones in power at the time of Holy Prodromos. In every period, the word of truth causes the ones in power anger, while trying to either ridicule or make fun of it, or silence the ones confessing real God and tell the truth to people.
In any case, however, continued Mr. Nektarios, we as Greeks Orthodox, need to keep the communication with Holy Spirit and to be united as a whole. Our times are so difficult, that there is no space left for polarization and division. All these obstacles that stand in front of us will be overcome, only when we Greeks, under the shield of the Holy Trinity, are united.
The preaching during the Divine Liturgy was made by Protopresbyter father Themistoklis Mourtzanos, General Prelatic Warden of the Holy Metropolis. Based on the following speech by Prophet Isaiah (40,4) “Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low;”, he underlined that the valley is the souls surrounded by death and sin, and that by listening to the message of repentance, they are filled with Light of Christ and find meaning.
On the other hand, the mountains and hills are likened to those who have pride and vanity, and have so deified themselves in order to look as a butte.
Moreover, father Themistoklis underlined that our spiritual life needs three elements: a) self-awareness, which results the consciousness of our “being”, b) preparation of repentance to accept the invitation and voice of God; and c) renovation through water and spirit. Saint John Prodromos was a voice of calling in the wilderness. He was the gorge filled with the Grace of God, because he was conscious and accepted Lord’s invitation and was renovated by Him. On the contrary, the mountains and the hills are the Pharisees, the rulers of that time, the scholars who lived without God, without love, without the expectations of the Lord’s way. In short, the group of people who could look but not see.
Also, father Themistoklis stressed that we people of modern times resemble the mountains and hills that Isaiah mentions, looking at the darkness of the other. We have been defeated by the feeling that time belongs to us and without spiritual guidance, we become guides of ourselves. But our various trials, our mistakes, and death come and humiliate us.
In his conclusion, father Themistoklis pointed out that the Church’s path is lonely, ascetic and resembles a gorge. Love, repentance and trust in God’s will resemble also a gorge. The Forerunner’s speech is the meaning and the way to fulfill it.