Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos and Agiou Vlasiou
This is said to the miracle we heard right now. The miracle of the therapeutic of the blind to see the sunshine of the solar, and of the deaf to listen to sound and to talk, has a reference to the opposite miracle of gaining eyes to see the Light of God and gaining ears to listen to the voice of God.
There is a distinction between God and man. God is uncreated, that means He has no starting and finish, whereas man is created, he was created by God. When God seems to folks He seems as Light, God is Light, however He is completely different from the sunshine of the solar. The Prophets, the Apostles and the Saints noticed Christ within the Light. However, after they needed to talk about God who’s within the Light, in addition they used the idea of the created solar or the picture of the glory of an earthly king.
The earthly king, the emperor, offered himself to the folks with magnificence, with honors, he wore shining garments, he was surrounded by troopers, he lived in vivid palaces. When he had dinner all the pieces was illuminated, sensible. His son’s marriage ceremony was the most important occasion within the empire. Therefore, each Christ and those that noticed Christ within the Light used photos from the king’s life to indicate the uncreated glory of God. Thus Christ spoke of the Kingdom of God as if it was a powerful dinner, the marriage of the King’s son.
The Gospel, due to this fact, of the Kingdom are the phrases concerning the glory of God, His heavenly Light, and an exhortation to folks to accumulate a relationship with this Light, to be intoxicated by the divine Light, to see this Light and the glory of God. Thus, Christ taught us to beseech God saying: “Thy Kingdom come”, in different phrases, that this Light might come inside us and in our society. A situation for this Light to return is repentance, and because of this Christ, Saint John the Forerunner and the Apostles exhorted folks: “Repent, the dominion of God is at hand”, and the results of the approaching of the Light is that the satan and his energies are banished.
This is the content material of the church sermon, which is why it’s referred to as a “prophetic” sermon. The Orthodox sermon is a manifestation of the glory of God, and an exhortation to share on this glory, to take part on this glory of God. Unfortunately, right now the preaching of many people refers to ethical and social points, it’s socialized and politicized, in order that will probably be trendy.
Therefore, folks right now, who’ve religious blindness and deafness they usually can’t see God and listen to His voice, they should be healed in order that they will see the glory of God. When a Church doesn’t meet this function, it’s secularized and loses its mission.
Source: Translated by John Sanidopoulos.
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