The Service of the Bridegroom in the Holy Metropolis of Corfu
On Sunday afternoon, April 1, 2018, his Eminence, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios did the Service of the Bridegroom in the Holy Church of Virgin Mary the Eleousa, in the Koinopiastes village.
In his preaching, the Bishop of Corfu stressed that with His crucified Sacrifice, our Lord made a new agreement with the people, which includes the obeisance of the divine will.
In the Gospel part of the day, three things are highlighted. Firstly, it is mentioned the parable of the dried fig tree. Jesus Christ as a perfect God and perfect man, had the so-called true passions, He was hungry, He was thirsty. At a time when He was hungry, He wanted to eat figs from a fig tree. However, seeing that it didn’t have fruit but only leaves, He cursed it, thus stating the importance for us Christians, of cultivating through the spiritual struggle, the fruits of repentance, prayer and humbleness, with the ridding of our own will and obeying the divine one.
Secondly, in the Gospel of the day, another parable is mentioned, in which a father having two sons sends the first to the field. He tells him that he will go immediately, but he does not go. The second son, initially refuses to go to the field, but eventually goes. And the Lord asks, which of the two sons obeyed to the fatherly will? The third parable mentions a man who made a vineyard and hires farmers to cultivate it. Farmers, however, took the fruits forgetting to pay the share to the owner of the vineyard. Man choose other farmers, but they also did the same. Then, the man sends his son to cultivate the vineyard, a move that made the farmers killing his son and taking the heritage.
The conclusion is that God abandons the hearts of those that are not fruitful and pure. In this case, He moves and goes to other people who are willing and receptive. So Israel refused and crucified the Lord of Glory. It is up to us, the new Israel, to manage the gifts that God has given us. Otherwise, God will settle in other people who are thirsty for the truth, such as the peoples of Africa, where the Gospel of truth is proclaimed and hundreds of people respond to this call of the Lord every day.
In his conclusion, Mr. Nektarios asked the faithful to consider the aforementioned thoughts and let them become a reason to open their inner parts, experiencing repentance, and then the Bridegroom Christ will be forever in their hearts.