Sunday of the Paralytic in the Holy Metropolis of Corfu
On Sunday, May 19, 2019, his Eminence, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios did the Divine Liturgy in the Holy Church of Virgin Mary the Phaneromeni (Virgin Mary of the Foreigners).
In his sermon the Bishop of Corfu underlined at three points of the Gospel of the day, the treatment of the Paralytic by the Lord in the Provanian bathing-house. In the first place, Christ went to a place of pain where the sick people were gathering, so that the first one to fall at the pool, which I was told in paraphrasing the water at regular intervals an angel, was doing well. The Evangelist John informs us that the Lord “knowing that the Paralytic has long been in time”, showing in this way that God is close to us in our sorrows, our illnesses and every difficulty we face.
The second point is the loneliness that the Paralytic expressed in Jesus, ” I have no human.” It is truly a terrible feeling of loneliness for man, since he has been created so that he is in communion with both his Creator and his brothers. In the Evening of the Paralytic Sunday, a hymn tells a very characteristic: “Because of the man you have and say, human man I have? “. The Lord became man for us and experienced total loneliness during the terrible moments of His Crucifixion, when He was abandoned by all. Therefore, even after His sacrifice, even loneliness was exalted. We have to understand that we are never alone. Christ is always on our side. But that does not mean that we rest and do not want to help and support our brothers being tested, because in their own person we see God himself.
And the third point is Christ’s incitement to the Paralytic after his healing when he saw him in Solomon’s temple and advised him: “Since you became healthy again, do not sin anymore, so it won’t get worse.” What we have to worry about is the cause of both sorrows and illnesses and other trials in our lives. The answer is sin, the cessation of the loving relationship with God and the perseverance in fulfilling the same will. God allows sorrows to every human being, insofar as man can, in particular, be purified, humiliated, repent, and saved.
In his closing, Mr. Nektarios wished to the loyal to be blessed by the Light of the Resurrection and become children of God.