Bishop of Corfu, Mr. Nektarios: Let’s stop believing that we are Gods on our own
On Thursday morning, December 26, 2019, his Eminence, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios did the Divine Liturgy in the Holy Church of Virgin Mary the Eleousa in Kinopiastes village.
In his sermon to the faithful, the Bishop of Corfu pointed out that people offered God the Virgin to overthrow the one that separated people from God because of our downfall. So we commemorate the second day of Christmas the face of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who has already passed the post-mortem crisis and is in the Paradise of communion with God. The rest of us will pass judgment on whether we were close to God with our works and our faith. This crisis is already being experienced in the Church. If we follow the dictates of faith, then we follow the path of fellowship with God. Each of us must follow the faith and virtues of the Virgin Mary in our lives so that she can live in the presence of God.
Mr. Nektarios pointed out that beyond the face of Our Lady, the gospel of the day reminds us of Herod’s slaughter of infants. This massacre is continuing nowadays with abortion. Abortion is a sin and a crime and unfortunately, doctors and immature people contribute to it, killing children who make a silent cry in abortion. At the same time, there is also a problematic mentality from movements which supprt that women have the right to dispose of their bodies as they wish, without taking into account that they bring life to them. Like Herod, we think we are gods and can do whatever we want, which unfortunately means rejecting and missing God from our lives.
The gifts that Christ gave back as a gift to the gifts of the Three Kings was the stop of idolatry, instead of gold, resurrection and immortality instead of death, the true God as He exists and not as we would like Him to be. Let us live in the reconciliation and love of God, far from evil and sin!
By the end of the Divine Liturgy, his Eminence honored the abess of the Holy Monastery of Saint Paraskevi in Kinopiastes for her offering in materials in order to rebuild the front side of the church along with the people of the parish who worked voluntarily!