Bishop of Corfu, Mr. Nektarios: “We should find our courageous spirit”
On Monday morning, November 25, 2019, his Eminence, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios did the Divine Liturgy in the Holy Church of Saint Eleftherios in Corfu.
Addressing the church, the Bishop of Corfu emphasized that our Church has always been a martyred Church. So in the first three centuries of the great persecutions, so people could not understand what the presence of Christ meant in their lives, as they followed either the idols or the Jewish tradition and were expecting another redemption, not that of the kingdom of heaven, and afterwards, especially during the years of Turkish rule in the Balkans, as well as the great atheism of the 20th century, Christians have been victims of martyrdom in blood gnats. One leventia characterized them, especially the young, who did not become thrifty.
So St. Catherine was a wise human, not only because she knew all the wisdom of the world, but mainly for the wisdom of God, made her heart receptive in Jesus Christ, she remained indefatigable in front of the horrible torture of the wheel and made the valiant prudence work.
Mr Nektarios commented on the speech of the apostolic reading of the feast, in which the apostle Paul, addressing the Galatians, stresses that we live in the age of grace, we live in freedom and there is no discrimination, no Jews, Greeks, Scythians, barbarians and female, but we are all images of God. For this reason St. Catherine was supported. It transcended its nature and showed such courage which has been admirable for centuries.
So it is not enough for the “Holy One of God to be in favor of us”. We are called to imitate her life by witnessing to our conscience, to be incompatible, not to discount our lives, our faith, but to wisely and bravely confess Jesus Christ to the challenges of our times.
Finally, we are called upon by the Metropolitan of Corfu to rediscover the valiant mind, which is Christ’s life, the Theology, transcending the knowledge of door-to-door education. Above all is the theology, above the testimonies, the threats, the perceptions of the people.
Whoever stands strong is strengthened by Christ who empowers us!