Bishop of Corfu, Mr. Nektarios: “The mission of Christians is to carry the cross and help the fellow people”
On Holy Friday’s morning, April 6, 2018, his Eminence, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios did the service of the Royal Hours and the Vesper of the removal of the Body of Christ from the Cross in the Metropolitan Church of Virgin Mary the Spilaiotissa.
In his preaching, the Bishop of Corfu referred to our Lord’s complaint in the garden of Gethsemane, before being arrested, when the sweat flowed into His face, as blood clots descending upon them. Three times Christ found His disciples by saying to them, Are you sleeping and resting? What did these words of the Lord hide? Whether it is the Divine Complaint, whether it is the question and the surprise, or His concern, the fact is that Christ addressed these words to His disciples. And these words of Jesus do not only refer to His disciples but t hey are addressed to all the people of every age. Are you sleeping and resting? He asks the clergy and the people. The Saviour’s complaint refers to the weakness of a part of the clergy to bring back again to the church the people in the modern times and their inability to assimilate the words of the Disciples.
Instead, the darkness of confusion, heresy, atheism, and zeroism is at stake. The Lord finds every one of the Orthodox Christians trapped in their ego and autonomous, passively observing all that is presumed, both in our homeland and in the whole world. On the contrary, the mission of the Christian is the missionary action, the imitation of the Lord, the lifting of the cross, and the ministry of his brothers. The life of the Christian is the Cruciferous testimony of the Resurrection in the world. The present life is a continuous spiritual struggle against wickedness and sin.
Concluding, Mr. Nektarios called on the faithful to turn their hearts to the Crucified Lord and to recognize their mistakes, making their self-criticism. Though we are all sinners and we constantly make our Lord sad, we eventually resort to Him asking for His rich mercy, said the Eminence.