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Homily on the Third Sunday of Matthew (Archpriest Rodion Putyatin)


 Third Sunday of MatthewMatthew 6:22-33

By Archpriest Rodion Putyatin

“Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all this will probably be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).

Christian Listeners! Why do we now have so many dissatisfied individuals at present? A number of dissatisfied! Dissatisfaction turns into virtually a standard illness. Who is pleased now? The peasants are largely dissatisfied; the burghers, retailers are additionally dissatisfied, and the richest of them are dissatisfied; nobles, officers and all workers are largely dissatisfied; even we who’re non secular will not be all the time happy. But what number of conveniences for all times at the moment are, all kinds of enhancements, transformations for the higher in all components!So, why will we reside no higher than earlier than, regardless of all of the enhancements in life? This is why, listeners: we neglect the principle factor. What? God, God’s kingdom, God’s reality. Yes, what do we would like for ourselves, what will we care about, what are we in search of? Just in order that we now have a spot to reside, what to eat, what to drink, what to put on and how one can have enjoyable. But about God, about attaining His Kingdom, about justification earlier than Him, about this primary factor, we don’t think about and don’t take into consideration even somewhat, as if we’re born and baptized with a view to reside to have enjoyable solely. The Kingdom of God is inside us, that’s, our peace, our contentment is in our soul, and in it we would not have peace, contentment, as a result of we would not have sufficient of it. Our actual, true meals, which actually nourishes us, is non secular meals: God, His Kingdom and justification earlier than Him, and we largely feed on earthly, sensual meals. Yes, sure.

Why, it appears, ought to wealthy, noble individuals not be happy? They have all of the conveniences for all times, however they’re very, very dissatisfied – extra dissatisfied than us poor individuals, generally extra dissatisfied than the poorest of us. This is exactly as a result of their soul, these wealthy and noble ones, is just not happy, as a result of their soul is just not full, they don’t give it non secular meals, that’s, they don’t take into consideration God, they don’t search the Kingdom of God, they don’t search justification for his or her predicament. God cares. Jesus Christ mentioned for all individuals, for all instances: “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all this will probably be added to you,” that’s, primarily search the Kingdom of God, need to be proper earlier than God, strive, take care – and you’ll all the time be full, calm and proud of every little thing in life. Without it, by no means.

Yes, the rationale for our dissatisfaction with life is in ourselves. From all the present enhancements, we are not any higher than earlier than, as a result of in our souls we don’t enhance, we don’t turn into higher.

Therefore, to begin with, search the Kingdom of God, and primarily reside in the best earlier than God, then you may be happy along with your earthly kingdom; then you’ll not be upset by human untruth. Our discontent is a illness of our soul, and nothing else. Amen.

 

 

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