Bishop of Corfu, Mr. Nektarios: “The Holy Cross is the measure of God’s love”
On Sunday afternoon, March 31, 2019, the Third Vesper during the Lent took place at the Holy Church of Saint Spyridon the Wonderworker, with his Eminence the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios.
In his preaching, his Eminence talked about “The eternal dimensions of the Holy Cross”. Our Holy Church presents the Holy Cross of the Lord in the midst of the Great Lent and invites us to worship and rest in his shadow, to draw strength and to receive thanks to the sacrifice of Cavalry. The Cross has eternal dimensions. The Holy Cross is mounted on the heart of our Church and is at the center of the history of the world. With His incarnation, the Lord divided history into two parts, pre-Christ and then Christ. He separated the Old from the New Testament. All centuries before Christ expect His time.
The Crucified Christ is the center of the history of the world. The Cross always marks the Church in its course in the present world. And in the time of the O.T. we will see the Holy Cross template. When the Israeli left the country of slavery, Egypt, and traveled to the Sinai desert, they encountered many difficulties. God once again told Moses how to deal with these difficulties. First of all, when they arrived at the Red Sea, the Pharaoh’s army followed and pursued them. Then Moses was commanded by God, and with his rod, he made the sign of the cross, so that the Red Sea opened and the wealthy people passed. The Pharaoh’s soldiers stumbled.
When the Jews traveled through the desert, they met the enemy people of Amalek. Then God commanded Moses again and formed the cross with his body and hands. As long as he was in this position, they defeated the Israeli. When the people of God were thirsty in the desert, Moses formed the cross on a stone from which it sprinkled water. And in another case, when the Jews were bitten by the poisonous snakes, they perceived a bronze snake on a column that Moses had made and were healed. At the N.T. time and His Incarnation, the Lord through His Crucifixion and His Resurrection, defeated sin, crushed the devil’s state, abolished death and opened the gates of Paradise to humans. This joyful event was proclaimed by the Holy God from the beginning of the creation of the human race.
But the Cross also exists in the eternal plan of the Lord. Giving salvation through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ is a mystery that has been for centuries. The Cross of Christ, however, exists at the end of the history of the present world. The Holy Cross will seal the end of our history. During the Second Coming, when the Lord comes in to judge the world, the Cross will first be seen in the heavens. Christ informs us that when the world is over, the sun will be dark, the moon will not give it light and the stars will fall from the sky. Moreover, the celestial powers of the Angels will be scattered, from their deep emotion, to what will happen during the Second Coming. As the Apocalypse of St. John the Theologian tells us, the Presence of the Lord will precede the sign of the Son of Human, the True and Living Cross in the sky. Then Christ will look every human at the eyes, even those who have crucified Him and lied to Him. The Lord will not only have the Cross, but also the signs of His wounds.
In addition, the Holy Cross has to do with eternity. The wounds that caused the nails and the lance, the signs of the Cross, will be brought by the Lord, the Lamb of the Revelation, and after the end of history, to the endless eternity. These marks will not bring them as the plagues of a battle that he gave and defeated, but as a memories of a cosmopolistic victory, which secured eternal life in the people’s genesis. These signs will bring them to eternity to remind of His eternal triumph over death. In eternity, people will study the incomprehensible Mystery of the Cross, the eternal miracle of Divine Love. The Holy Cross is the measure of the love of God. The magnitude of God’s love is revealed in the magnitude of His offering and in the redemptive effects of this offering. The infinite love of the Lord, the infinite and the dimensions of the Cross.
In closing, Mr. Nektarios emphasized that human walks in the present and eternity under the shadow of the Holy Cross and in the Light of Divine Love. The Divine Love seals with the cross of every page of our history. It illuminates prehistory and posthistory. We, for our part, have to set up the Living Cross of the Lord in our hearts. How is this going to be done ; A) By studying in silence and in an atmosphere of prayer in the depths of our soul, the love of God and the Mystery of the Cross. B) By studying it with faith and with deep gratitude. C) With love to the sufferer and buried and resurrected from the dead Lord. D) By loving our crosses, sorrows, tribulations, illnesses, difficulties in our lives. E) And by knowing that everything leads us to resurrection and eternal life.