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Bishop of Corfu, Mr. Nektarios “Our God is missing”

Bishop of Corfu, Mr. Nektarios “Our God is missing”

On Sunday, November 24, 2019, his Eminence, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios did the Divine liturgy in the historic church of Saint Antonios.

Speaking to the audience, Mr. Nektarios was derided by the Gospel’s reading of the wealthy lord seeking perfection. He pointed out that as much as we want to ignore metaphysical anxiety, this is a universal human anguish, which has been lived and lived by all of us since we came into the world. Humans realize that his life does not end with death. Death is a fact, just like everything else. But we were created so that our lives would not end. Death is also a limit to our freedom, but not the end. And so are the other boundaries that God has set in our lives, which the individual man transcends. And attachment to wealth is a sign that one becomes addicted and forgets God and fellow man.

This is especially the case in our times, which is characterized by greed, fraud, malice, but also moral freedom, and as a result people are strangled. He is destroying himself and the planet earth, having gone beyond the limits God has set for us, from the friendship and adoption He has given us. That is why it takes awakening and self-criticism. The rich one was missing. The same goes for us. We may not be rich. But there is selfishness. We are sometimes enriched by evil, in violation of God’s commandments. So our lives become ruins.

In contrast to the rich lord, an ascetic of our faith, Antonius the Great, when he heard this narration of the gospel, did what Christ demanded. He sold all his possessions, retired to the desert, lived the humiliation, the prayer, the theology, associating with God as he was. He lived God not for his own interests, but as a God of justice, love, authentic life. The truth of our faith causes people to wake up and seek for authenticity, to stop pretending, to open the nails of their hearts and to sacrifice them to God. This is especially the case in our time, and it has a lot to do with young people who are not happy with the free lives of passion and greed, but want to increase God’s gifts and share them with their neighbor.

Concluding, the Bishop of Corfu urged the faithful to seek God, for he is missing from our lives as part of their participation in the Church!

 

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