Bishop of Corfu, Mr. Nektarios: ” The secularised spirit is translated into progressivism”
On Sunday, March 10, 2019, his Eminence, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios did the Divine Liturgy in the Holy Church of the Holy Trinity in Argyrades village.
In his speech, his Eminence referred to the eviction of protoplasts from Paradise, an event which, if anyone is afraid of the Divine Grace and has not been initiated into the Sacraments of our Holy Church, characterizes it as a fiction or, in the best of cases, as an allegory. But the eviction of the protoplasts from Paradise is a reality. When Adam and Eve were asked by their Creator, because they ate the forbidden fruit, they shifted responsibility. Adam pointed out Eve as the responsible, while Eve accused the serpent of deceiving her. The element that was lacking in the protoplasts and is presented today by our Church is apology and repentance. If Adam and Eve repented, the Lord would not expel them from Paradise, the spiritual state where man loved God.
Speaking of today, the Bishop of Corfu pointed out that modern humans do not differ in anything from the forefathers Adam and Eve. Instead of sorrow and repentance, human stay in their fall and not only that, but also transfers responsibility to his weakness that can not resist and surrender to the secularized spirit, now translated as progressivism. On the contrary, Christ comes to us as an affectionate Father and gives many opportunities to man to repent, to understand his error and through the Sacrament of Sins, the sacred confession to return to Him. The time of present life is nothing but an occasion of repentance and reconciliation with God. As the Apostle Paul says: “the night has gone forth, and the day has come.” The night that is past, represents the works of darkness, fall, and sin. With the resurrection of the Lord came the new day, the incessant Light that bathes every heart thirsty for the realization of the divine will. It is enough for a person to become a seeker of Divine Mercy. There is no greater opportunity to return to Christ, from the stage of virtues we enter, to the Holy and Great Lent.
In his closing, Mr. Nektarios invited all the fiathful to make amends with Christ and their fellow people, while wishing that the God Lord will bless them and strengthen them in their spiritual fight.