Bishop of Corfu, Mr. Nektarios: “Going to Church is life”
In the church of Saint Nikolaos in Sinarades in the middle of Corfu, on the morning of Sunday, December 8, 2019, His Eminence the Bishop of Corfu, Paxos and Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios did the Divine Liturgy.
Speaking to the people, Mr. Nektarios spoke from Sunday’s gospel reading and emphasized that Christ was often visiting the Jewish synagogues to show them that He was the Messiah proclaimed by the prophets. He was the sponsor of the law and the Messiah himself as God. There was no need to pray. But it shows us that it is also our duty to imitate Him in church, especially on Sundays, in which we remember the Lord’s resurrection and that we are His children. The life of man has no end, but extends to eternity. God, when he created man, enabled him to become a little god. Man of course got used to it, and as a result he deified himself. Particularly in our times, with the advancement of technology, man trusts his own strengths alone, and progress is the work of God’s enlightenment. Man is thus led to loneliness, estrangement from God and self-condemnation. Sleeping on Sunday is a kind of death, because when a person has no excuse but prefers to care for the church, he is separated from the love of God.
Christ in the temple saw the overwhelming woman. Christ sees that all of our ailments, the destruction of man, are the result of our downfall, our capitulation to the adversary. And this deterioration has passed, and it has spread to the building. That is why, together with man, the building is in a state of rebellion. Those who struggle to abstain from sin, to recognize God, to do the will of God, then everything changes. In this way man’s relationship with nature also changes. By healing the sick woman, Christ heals her nature from sin and saves her! And so does those who believe in Him. It resurrects us from corruption and evil.
But the gospel and selfishness and malice appear on the faces of the chief steward and the Pharisees. They were looking at the letter of the law. They criticized Christ for healing the woman and considered the miracle work contrary to God’s will. Christ revealed their hypocrisy. We need to be straight ahead of our brothers. To be true and to see their faces with love, not to resort to hypocritical reasons to look superior.
So let us honor our saints by fighting for the change of our lives with the weapon of our Orthodox faith!
The Divine Liturgy was also attended by the Corfu MP Mr Gikas.