Bishop of Corfu, Mr. Nektarios: “We should seek God’s mercy”
On Sunday morning, December 1st, 2019, his Eminence, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios did the Divine Liturgy in the Holy Monastery of Platytera. By the end of the Divine Liturgy, Mr. Nektarios did the annual memorial service for the resting of the soul of the late abbot of the Monastery, Archimandrite Methodios Metallinos, who was a close partner of Mr. Nektarios, since he was the Chancellor of the Holy Metropolis until his death.
Speaking to the audience, Mr. Nektarios was inspired by the Gospel’s part of the day, referring to the healing of Jericho’s blind. He pointed out that the Gospel shows us what Christ came to offer to us. Through the Gospel our faith and our spiritual progress are increased, which we receive through the Church, its mysterious life, each one’s personal struggle.
Jericho’s blind man exclaims: “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me”. Jericho is the world in which we live. Others in this world are conscious of the presence of God, and others are conscious of their apostasy and have chosen the works of sin.
The blind was looking for the light. Not only did he lack the perceptible light, but also the spiritual, of the presence of God. The miracle of Christ’s healing is twofold. People today are looking for miracles to believe. But the blind man had faith and did not wait for the miracle to believe.
Faith is expressed through prayer, confession. “Have Mercy on me” is a cry of prayer. It is the recognition that Christ is the Lord, who can lift us from the depths of the fall. The mercy of the Lord is power, compassion, love, salvation. It chases all of us throughout the day of our lives. Whoever does not feel mercy is poor spiritually. The seeker is actually rich in his life. Material goods are not our problem. The rich spiritual depository is the demand. In the past, the path of seeking God’s mercy was shown to us and left to us by parents, teachers, spiritual fathers, the spirit of the Prophet. Today, there is a shortage.
The cry of each of us must be “mercy on me”. This is cultivated in the monastic fraternities. It is an approach to the unconditional grace of God. People who struggle daily to erase sin and harmful desires from their minds and hearts live it and constantly confess the name of God.
Mr. Nektarios thanked Professor Timothy George for the opportunity to co-operate and commemorate the blessed Abbot Methodius Metallinos, who stood out for his true and unflinching character, who was turned to God he confessed, he benefited with the mystery of the sacred confession, and with the wisdom and bravery of the mind and heart of the people.