And if She said, “I don’t want any temple to go”?

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We are building so much in my Christian fate on the bans. All we do is worry around them: Ah, so something did not have time to proofread, do not eat, do not go looking. And not because we are busy in that way that want to become more pleasing to God. And because you want your vegetable garden to keep intact. Sermon of Archpriest Alexander Abramov, the feast of the presentation in the temple of the most Holy lady Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary.


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In continuation of their way He entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received Him into her house; she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus ‘ feet and heard His word. Martha was cumbered about much serving and came to him, saying, Lord, or You not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? tell her to help me. Jesus said to her: Martha! Martha! you are worried and troubled about many things, but one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken from her.

LK. 10: 38-42

When He had said this, one woman, raising his voice, said to Him: blessed is the womb that bore You and the Breasts that fed You! And He said, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it.

LK. 11: 27-28

Archpriest Alexander Abramov

The mother of God is clear today in the Church is and does all for Christ. The day before the vigil for the first time in the post Christmas is sung: “Christ is born — glorify him”[1].

The event is so well known that we his own reflection, not often covered. In fact, born to a childless Girl. We are familiar with such cases. And This Girl is introduced to the temple to be dedicated to God. But the high priest marveled at the fact that She is not in the temple, and in the main sanctuary, to the altar in the Holy of holies. And we in hindsight realize that this is the future mother of God, surrounded by the wonders from the very beginning of His life, and it behooves us to pay Her worship.

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But it is not so! Why is It included in the altar? Why She enters into the Holy of holies? Just because She doesn’t know what can’t go in there. All of Christianity consists in this: Christian does not know that this or that is impossible.

The mother of God, entering the temple, trembling with some inner joy about God: willing and skonchaetsya My soul to Thee, o Lord[2]. And She, the little Girl did not know that the altar is a forbidden place, that is where once a year the high priest enters and is doing a prayer for the people. Her in this is seen God’s altar, the hearth, the place where the heat of God’s flame flared. And that flame could not burn Her heart and warmed it. And She was happy there.

We are building so much in my Christian fate on the bans. All we do is worry around them: Ah, so something did not have time to proofread, do not eat, do not go looking. Your Christian time we have these empty pseudonegative the hassle spend. Waste. And not because we are busy in that way that want to become more pleasing to God. And because you want your vegetable garden to keep intact. The garden, which we recently heard in the Sunday gospel reading. Wheat-I have many, and all will be well: eat, shower, drink, and be merry.

And want to eat, drink and be merry so God is not touched. We had a special pasture, where we rule deducted, candle set, something else to do. But for that fence Him from entering is not necessary.

This sharp demarcation between the supposedly “our” and “Gods” cannot be called life in Christ.

Available to you experience all the time will set you — this is our addition — bad. You know you are deceived, you will use, you would react badly. After all you’ve experienced in life. And more than once he acted towards others. The joy of today’s celebration is that we can break this familiar paradigm. You kidding? Act like you don’t know what is a fraud. Do what you must. You use the person that you’re sure that he, in turn, never on your request will not respond? Still help him. You are helping Christ himself. You’re tired, you’re exhausted, you do not want to see, and I want to lie on the couch and suffer their fate? Don’t just lay on the couch, do not suffer. Do what God has called you to. You have a lot of talents, you have gifts. Should not these gifts go to waste.

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And if you imagine that This Girl has knowledge about what It expects: and You a sword will pierce your soul (LK. 2: 35)? If It touched the evil experience of the human race? It may be said, “I don’t want any temple to go. What then will happen? Where will it all end? I want to be a wife and mother. Want somewhere in the corner to hide so no one ever didn’t know about Me”. The story of human salvation would have gone the other way. But he didn’t! Because the mother of God, thank God, was deprived of what we call experience. And Her heart was open to the wind of faith. And nothing left that is superfluous, secondary, temporary. It remains only the eternal, the one thing necessary[3].

The feast of the Mother of God in the temple is the story of how man can put the main higher secondary, to value the eternal more than the temporary, Christ is more of Belial.

And that we, as Christians, should not know that we can’t. As the Scripture says: “All about me things through the Lord Jesus”[4].

[1] “Christ is born — glorify him! Christ from Heaven — credite! Christ is on earth — otnositsya! Sing unto the Lord, all the earth, and gladness sing, ye people, like a glorified” (Irmos of the Canon of the Nativity of Christ, tone 1).

[2] Wishes and skonchaetsya my soul for the courts of Yahweh: my heart and my flesh vozrastala on Bose Givet (PS. 83: 3).

[3] the Single also is needful (LK. 10: 42; hwt.-seq.).

[4] can All things through Christ (Phil. 4: 13).

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