Bishop of Corfu, Mr. Nektarios: In the faces of our fellow people, we see Christ Himself
On Sunday, March 3, 2019, his Eminence, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios did the Divine Liturgy in the Holy Church of Saint Disciples in Vitalades village.
In his preaching, the Bishop of Corfu analysed the Gospel’s reading of the day, underlying that our Lord describes exactly the way that the world will be judged when He comes gloriously. This part aims at awakening the Christians and stressing the continuous spiritual awakening that they should be in. Humans will be judged based on how much they loved and served their fellow people. In the faces of our fellow people, we see Christ Himself. This offer towards the fellow people is no social activism, but a renewal of our own self and offering of our loving heart.
In addition,his Eminence said that depending on the life of humans, paradise or hell is foretold. In the first case, the faithful human with the spiritual struggle they have, try, together with God, to eradicate sin and to realize the will of the Heavenly Father in their life, lovingly communicating with their Creator. On the contrary, hell, life in other words away from the Grace of the Holy Trinity, is experienced by the ones who chose only themselves and remain unrepentant. We are all sinners and we are constantly falling. It is important, as the Fathers of our Holy Church teach us, to rise again, through the recognition of our mistakes in front of Christ and our sincere repentance, during the confession. The time of our present life is a time of repentance and struggle against the wicked. By the way, we on our own judge ourselves for the way that we will follow in eternity, either the Kingdom of Heaven or the limestone fire.
In his closing, Mr. Nektarios invited the faithful ones, while we are entering with Lord’s Grace to the Holy and Great Lent, the stage of virtues, to intensify their spiritual struggle, namely prayer, repentance, charity works and, above all, participation in the mystery of mysteries, the Divine Communion.