We ask God to come into our lives

Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh

In one of the Gospels, which was read about the healing of two possessed in the country of Gergesene, there is a short story about Christ crossing the sea of Galilee together with His disciples. In the course of their journey a storm broke out. And as the Gospel puts it, Christ was peacefully asleep with His head on a pillow. And the apostles cried out, not in a prayer, but in indignation: Do You not care that we are perishing? Christ awoke, and He stood up, and looked at them sadly, and said: ‘O men of little faith!’ Then He turned to the storm and commanded it to be still.

Isn’t that what happens so often to us? We feel that we are in danger, we are in need, we turn to God, we claim His attention, we want things to be the way we choose – and there is silence; God seems to be asleep; and we suspect that He does not care, that He is like Christ, sleeping peacefully with His head on a cushion, while we, His creatures, cry, wail in our agony…

Isn’t there anything that we can learn? Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Pay attention to three phrases.

Metropolitan Antony of Sourozh 

I should like you to pay attention to three phrases of today’s Gospel.

The first one is a tragic word of a man who for 38 years had been ill, without receiving any help from those from whom he hoped healing. 38 years he found not one person to help him to receive wholeness and healing. This is an image and a reality. It was reality because it happened to that one man, but isn’t it an image that should reach all of us? How many people nowadays are in desperate need of wholeness, of physical health, of support, of spiritual healing – and there is not one person who is prepared to give it: not unable to, but not prepared to, because no-one realy looks in order to see another man’s needs. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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Sacrament (Mystery) of Unction

Jesus Healing a Blind Man. Batik. Dr. P. Solomon Raj, India.

Jesus Healing a Blind Man. Batik. Dr. P. Solomon Raj, India.

 

Healing

The Orthodox Church has always viewed body and soul as inseparable thus stressing the necessity for preserving both in good health, following Jesus Christ’s exhortation to his disciples to «heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons» (Matthew 10:10). This follows Christ’s ministry to «heal the brokenhearted, and to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind» (Luke 4:18; see Is 61:1), and to heal «all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease (Matt. 4:23). Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »