Bishop of Corfu, Mr. Nektarios: “People who love Christ, overcome every obstacle”
On Sunday, January 21, 2018 his Eminence, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios did the Divine Liturgy in the Church of the Holy Trinity, in Kontokali.
In his preaching, the Bishop of Corfu analyzed the day’s Gospel reading, emphasizing on the fact that Zacchaeus met our Lord even though he was a chief collector. He was responsible for collecting taxes. Just like today, then these people had a very bad reputation because they received big amounts of money and kept a part of them for themselves.
Zacchaeus sought to see who Jesus was, but could not, on account of the crowd, because he was small of stature and felt his unworthiness. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was to pass that way. Two elements are worthy of attention. Firstly, Zacchaeus did not take into account his position in society and occupation but he did everything possible for Christ’s love. His first concern was to meet the Lord. He did not care about what others would say when seeing him. Secondly, Zacchaeus, though small in the crowd, immediately found a way to realize his desire, to see Jesus by going up to the tree. The aforementioned elements indicate the fact that people who love Chirst, will overcome every obstacle as long as they are willing to do it and trust God.
Moreover, his Eminence pointed out that people today face many difficulties. Especially, when they want to come to Church, many people judge both them and the priests and Bishops. However, people do not come to the temple for the priests or the Bishop. They come to communicate with the Triadic God. The Church is the Body of Living Christ, with Him as its head. It is the manifestation of God in the world. The Clergy is God’s servant. Furthermore, people do not need to pay attention to the accusations or the comments of others, but they need to listen to the voice of their conscience. The one who silences his/her conscience, “closes the door” to God’s Grace. In short, he/she condemns his/her own self.
In his closing, Mr. Nektarios underlined the fact that we too, are confronted with various obstacles and difficulties on our daily life. However, if we follow the example of Zacchaeus and meet our Lord, Jesus Christ, the only answer that we have, we can overcame every single one of them.