Bishop of Corfu, Mr. Nektarios: “God is discussed with hypocrisy”.
On Holy Monday’s afternoon, April 2, 2018, his Eminence, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios did the service of the Bridegroom in the Holy Church of the Holy Trinity in Garitsa.
In his preaching, his Eminence talked about the three religious groups of the Jewish people, Herodians, Sadducees and Pharisees, who teased Christ, targeting Him. Herodians asked Christ if they would have to pay the tax to Caesar or not. And Christ replied, holding a denarius, to render the things of Caesar to Caesar and the God’s to God.
Sadducees asked the Lord the question on the resurrection of the dead, using as an example a woman, whose husband died without leaving a descendant. Then she married, according to the law, her husband’s brother who also died. The same thing happened to the other brothers. In the resurrection of the dead which man’s wife will she be? Jesus Christ replied by saying that in the resurrection of the dead there will be neither relationships, nor marriages, nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of God n heaven.
Moreover, the Pharisees were not able to answer Him a word to the question about Christ that He asked them. Prophet David mentions that Christ will be Lord, denoting the God-man Jesus Christ and not a simple man.
Then, the Lord spoke to them using the following “woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!” for they are like white-washed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.
Unfortunately, the same happens within our Church too, continued the Bishop of Corfu. Unfortunately there are quite a few phenomena of hypocrisy. Some people approach the ecclesiastical events, only on the surface, without being internally renewed and living in Christianity. However, God is discussed with hypocrisy. Hypocrites are condemned on their own in spiritual death.
In his closing, Mr. Nektarios called on the faithful to experience the great events of the Holy Week in order to experience, being spiritually renewed, the glorious Resurrection of the Saviour Christ.