We have to be deeply established within the regulation of Christ and in love for Him. With nice pleasure and comfort we hear from the Apostle that God Himself establishes us in Christ, in His Law and in love for Him.
He anoints us for this nice service with a non secular anointing unknown to us, paying homage to the seen, materials anointing with which the prophet Samuel anointed Saul to reign over the individuals of Israel, and the prophet Elijah anointed his disciple Elisha for prophetic ministry. Having carried out this non secular anointing on His chosen ones, God seals them with the pledge of the Spirit.
These extraordinary phrases already deeply transfer us, for they depict the union between us and God, simply as each union between individuals is affirmed as a pledge of constancy.
This nice pledge consists in the truth that those that are established in Christ obtain the fruit of the Spirit, about which Saint Paul speaks thus: “ut the fruit of the Spirit is love, pleasure, peace, endurance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Gal. 5:22–23).
Do all professing Christians obtain this nice pledge of their communion with God? No, not all, however solely these about whom the Apostle Paul stated in his epistle to the Romans: “And whom He predestined, them He additionally known as, and whom He known as, them He additionally justified; however whom he justified, them he additionally glorified” (Rom. 8:29-30).
The omniscient God, who sees our hearts from the womb, even earlier than the delivery of an individual is aware of what the non secular disposition of an individual and the path of his life might be – with Christ or towards Christ.
In the epistle to the Galatians, the Apostle Paul writes about himself, that he was chosen by God from his mom’s womb and was destined for Christ to be revealed in him.
He acquired the thoughts of Christ. He burned with love for Christ and, in fact, was among the many associates of Christ.
Only those that are just like the Apostle Paul on this respect, solely those that are capable of turn into holy and righteous obtain the anointing from God and the pledge of the Spirit.
And those that solely cry out to Him: “Lord, Lord!” will hear from Him a heavy reply: “I by no means knew you; depart from Me, you who do iniquity” (Matt. 7:23).
The Martyr Mamas, whose holy reminiscence we now rejoice, belonged, in fact, additionally to the chums of Christ, was anointed by God Himself and acquired the nice items of the Holy Spirit as a pledge of union with Him. Among these items was a rare reward of loving communication with wild animals, understanding them and appreciating their non secular life.
Before the start of his life among the many animals, he was cruelly tormented for his religion in Christ, was drowned, however saved from the water by an angel, who confirmed him the mountain on which he was to reside with the animals.
When, after a very long time, troopers had been despatched after him, they didn’t dare to strategy him, fearing the animals round him, however he ordered the animals to maneuver away and surrendered himself into the palms of the troopers.
The tormentor Democritus, to whom he was introduced, requested him with what sort of magic he pacifies the animals, and acquired a solution that we have to bear in mind: “I’m not a magician, however a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. I most well-liked to reside with beasts relatively than with idolaters. Beasts worry God and revere the servants of God, however you have no idea God and ruthlessly kill His servants.”
The non secular lifetime of animals and wild animals is little identified and incomprehensible to us, however it’s undoubtedly a lot deeper than it appears to us. One may give many examples of their attachment to individuals for the assistance and good deeds rendered to them.
I’ll solely remind you of the closely struggling and groaning lion, to which the Venerable Gerasimos of Jordan took a big splinter out of his paw. The lion adopted him, didn’t go away him, tended his donkey and typically carried water as a substitute of him. When the Venerable Gerasimos died, the lion lay down on his grave, beat his head on the bottom, and died on the grave.
In the lifetime of the nice Catholic Saint Francis of Assisi, we learn a legend about how complete flocks of birds flew to a big tree, beneath which he preached to them for hours concerning the Lord Jesus Christ.
Why do these legends excite us a lot and lead us to quiet pleasure? Is it as a result of these are usually not legends, however true occasions?
We imagine, we imagine the martyr Mamas, that even wild animals have the worry of God. Let us reside in such a means that our hearts are crammed not with slavish, however with holy worry of God, and that we could also be vouchsafed to be anointed by God Himself among the many associates of Christ and obtain the grace-filled items of the Holy Spirit as a assure of this. Amen.
Source: Translated by John Sanidopoulos.
of the Mystagogy Resource Center.