Celebrating Saint Eleftherios in the Holy Metropolis of Corfu
On Saturday morning, December 15, 2018, the Divine Liturgy was done with his Eminence, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios in the celebrating historical church of Saint Eleftherios.
In his preaching, the Bishop of Corfu connected the advice of Saint Paul to his student Timothy, regarding faith, difficulties but also the brave spirit that a real Christian should have and not be a coward when facing martyrdom, for Christ’s love. Saint Eleftherios not only did he follow these advice but he also preached them with boldness in front of the roman authorities and the idolaters. Notwithstanding his young age, he confessed as the only real God, the Crucified and Resurrected from the dead Jesus Christ. With his confession, coming from his deep faith and hope for Christ, he is now called a Saint, along with his mother, Saint Anthia.
Moreover, his Eminence underlined that our Holy Church shows and celebrates the Saints of our Faith in order for us to have strength and to renew our faith to the Triune God. Our only hope is faith and hope in Christ. These internal powers, that we keep with God’s Grace, the New Order of Things and Globalization try to take out of our hearts, in order to use the hearts of people, refugees or not, as tools, aiming to fulfill their nasty plans. Recently, the work of the Intergovernmental Conference on the adoption of the Global Compact on Immigration, which will be formally ratified on 19 December this year in New York, took place in Morocco. This pact makes it much easier to transfer and settle migrants, especially in Western countries with a demographic problem. In short, over the years the indigenous population, e.g. of our country will be replaced by people of another religion, other nationality, other customs and traditions. Finding this reality in our country, the not too distant future, is not racism. It is all too much to blame the Church for racism and intolerance, since every day it provides food to every distressed human, because in the face of every human, from everywhere he comes, he sees Christ Himself. Everyone is our brothers and images of God.
In his closing, Mr. Nektarios wished Saint Eleftherios to bless them, and he replied to those who accused him of using the pulpit of the temples to politicize him, making it clear once again that he never politically spoke or defended a party and accused someone else. For a Bishop, people are their spiritual children, and they have to correct the word of truth and lead them to salvation and to their union with Christ.