Fifth Sunday of Lent in the H. M. of Corfu
On Sunday, April 14, 2019, his Eminence, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios did the Divine Liturgy in the H.C. of Virgin Mary of Stereotoi (Virgin Mary of the Foreigners). In this Divine Liturgy, students and their teachers from the fifth High School of Volos were present.
In his preaching, the Bishop of Corfu analysed the Gospel’s reading of the day underlying the difficult situation in which the Disciples of Christ were, listening to their Lord talking about what would happen to Him. He described everything that would happen, His Passion and on the third day His Resurrection. The Disciples waited and expected Christ to lead the way, since they recognised a supernatural human. The Grace of the Holy Spirit was not part of them yet and thus they weren’t able to understand the Duality of Christ. Thus, two of them, Jacob and John, came there and ask Him to put them on His left and on His right on His second coming. They were confused regarding His power. They thought He was a ruler of this world assigning roles and offices. They believed that after His Resurrection, He would rule the world. The Lord asked them if they could drink from the cup, he was about to drink. They replied positively, without realising what it was exactly. Saint Maximus the Confessor underlines that God became human and took the human condition, the one before sin. With His Crucifixion, Christ took the sins of the world. Weird events happened. The earth was shaken, the Church was split into two, many dead ones became alive again. With His Crucifixion, sin was wiped out and Christ offered us eternal life and love with God. The cup that Christ was talking about is the Cross and the sacrifice.
In his closing, his Eminence wished to the loyal ones to experience the events of the Holy and Great Week and do not simply see them sentimentally. After all, the Christian way of life is the experience and the relationship between people.
By the end of the Divine Liturgy, Mr. Nektarios offered lunch to the students and their teachers.
He welcomed them to Corfu, expressed his deep joy and explained briefly the late history of the island underlinying the patriotic and religious action of the Corfiots in power. Their selfless love is a characteristic that we should keep today for our homeland.
On behalf of the teachers, mr. Pantazis Fasoulidis thanked Mr. Nektarios and then gifts were exchanged while the latter blessed the students.