Bishop of Corfu, Mr. Nektarios: “Faith is not a static but continuous route”
On Sunday, March 18, 2018 his Eminence, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands Mr. Nektarios did the Divine Liturgy in the Church of All Saints in Corfu Town.
In his preaching, the Bishop of Corfu analysed the Epistle Reading of the Day, from Saint Paul’s Epistle to Jewish, noting that the testament that God made with Avraham, our Lord renewed it with his Crucified Sacrifice and the Resurrection from the dead bringing hope to humans. This hope is assimilated to an anchor and is our Jesus Christ. The ones who have their hopes to God, have nothing to be afraid of.
As Apostle Paul characteristically says, continued his Eminence, Jesus Christ is the eternal Archpriest, according to the Melchizedek order, entered the inmost of the vault.
On the other hand, we today engaged in our daily cares, do not take the step, so we can enter the innermost of the vault, the center of our Faith. Christ comes and reminds us that faith is not expressed only with external traits, but sacrifice and dedication of our whole self are needed.
Additionally, Mr. Nektarios stressed that Jesus Christ did not come to earth to establish a religion or a spiritual system. Lord has revealed to us. He is the Road, the uphill route, which we are called to follow in order to reach the Theosis (becoming Gods by Grace) and that’s why the first Christians were called “odites” (routers).
Therefore, faith is not a static, but continuous route. Christ was sacrificed in our favour, giving us three elements:
- Christ gave us food that is spiritually filling and settles inside the heart of humans.
- Christ gave us the medicine against sins, against evil, against the passionate state and is no more than the Divine Communion.
- Christ gave us immortality. Humans were made to live with God forever.
In his conclusion, Mr. Nektarios encouraged the faithful Christians to go along with Lord, the route leading to the Kingdom of Heaven.