Bishop of Corfu, Mr. Nektarios: “The Witnesses of Faith are the guarantees that support our Church”
On Tuesday, December 4, 2018, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios, did the Divine Liturgy in the celebrated Holy Church of Saint Varvara, in the village of Sinies in northern Corfu.
In his sermon, the Bishop pointed out that Saint Barbara loved Christ so much that she did not even think her own life. In fact, she gave her blood with a bold admission of Jesus Christ, Crucified and Resurrected from the dead. The Holy Martyr of Christ Barbara took this power by the Lord Himself. Our Savior tells us in the Gospels that at the time of the apology of a witness before his accusers in a court, He will give word, spirit and wisdom to the martyr to confess the truth. Confession is nothing more than the presence of the living God in the lives of people.
In addition, the Bishop of Corfu stressed that the Witnesses of Faith dared us because they had the spirit of God, this inner power. With this power they did not calculate either the ephemeral or the biotic of this world. Their only concern was to unite with Jesus Christ and to love Him and be with Him in eternity. The witnesses of the Faith with their blood are the guarantees that support our Church.
Mr. Nektarios also stressed that our time is similar to that of Saint Barbara. The persecutions continue against the Church of Christ, in a treacherous way, through globalization and the New Order of Things. The modern man is trapped in his ego and in the passionate state, disregarding both his spiritual prosperity and his brother’s ministry.
In closing his Eminence urged the faithful to imitate the aggressive spirit of Holy Martyr Barbara and to acquire a proverbial thought in the harsh times we live, adamantly confessing Jesus Christ.