“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
A request and a fulfillment.
My dear Christians, today’s Gospel has two strong elements that define the essential relationship of the suffering human with Christ over time.
Faith and trust.
Faith in Christ and trust in His power are given generously because of His mercy and infinite love for mankind.
The modern man has very little faith and trust in God. If there is a sentence that we keep constantly repeating, in the services and divine liturgies are «and our whole life to Christ our God». But surprisingly, no one actually delivers his life to Christ. Nobody puts God as their driver. We say it, we repeat it, but we don’t make it reality. We are suited to our selfish ability, we try to rely on what we can do leaving Him out of our every progress. Blinded by the arrogance of some technological and scientific successes, we stop believing in and trusting Christ, and blind ourselves while acting in a formal relationship we created with the church.
My dear Christians, out of the approximately 500 people that attended today’s liturgical congregation, how many of us were prepared to commune the body and blood of Christ with respect, loyalty, trust and genuine love? How many of us with our everyday problems immediately, after Holy Communion today, will still desire, as soon as possible, to be reunited with our Christ and become one with Him? How many of us are ready to put aside the two elements that dazzle our selfishness and arrogance, asking the Lord for our salvation, the cure “of our soul and body”?
How many of us confessed all these barriers that keep us away from the big challenge in the Joint Bank during holy confession?
How many of us wait for His intervention in our lives and requested Him with warm faith and full trust?
I wish my brethren, and I pray to the Most Merciful God, for Him to claim us as His own because alone we cannot succeed in anything; to give us the light and relieve us from our selfish blindness and lead us to the “path towards salvation.”
Christ touches people with his hand where there is pain, the blind eyes of these people, He gives them the blessing and mercy of God that shows beyond the sensitivity of God to the suffering of man. God’s will take the pain and suffering away from people. It’s one thing to talk to the patient and another to clean his wounds with your hands. The pain can’t be shared, not even with good words, it can be shared with acts, with acts of compassion and love. The messages of the current holy gospel are many and vital. Redemption is the source of life, the very life-giving Lord. His quest is our responsibility and our opportunity to look for Him in the streets and neighborhoods, everywhere where there is pain, mourning, sadness, and misery.
To look for Him in the bereaved mother who lost her child in an accident, in the family living a drama with a drug addict and other situations like that. In the suffering situation of cancer patients, of paralyzed people, and of weak people. Christ is everywhere, He behooves our responsibility to seek him, to find him, and to operate. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all of you. Amen.