The Primate of the UOC: the Path to salvation is self – criticism, not a condemnation of others

His Beatitude Metropolitan of Kyiv and all Ukraine Onufry

The path to the Kingdom of heaven lies through the judgment of self and the exaltation of others, even those whom we consider sinners, says his Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry.

Self-condemnation, repentance, and love to the people around us is the path which teaches us about John the Baptist. About it his Beatitude Metropolitan of Kyiv and all Ukraine Onufry said during the sermon on the day of the Nativity of John the Baptist, according to Information-enlightenment Department of the UOC.

The Primate said that John the Baptist was preparing people to accept the son of God, our Saviour, and today he speaks to us, the contemporaries, in the pages of Scripture with these words: “Repent! For the Kingdom of heaven.”

The Archbishop said that St. John the Baptist prepared people to meet the Saviour through repentance. “When the person who sinned, he says: “Forgive me, o Lord!” he updated. As the blind cannot see light until it corneal are cleared, and the human soul related sins, can’t feel God, to understand God until you repent,” – said his Beatitude the Archbishop.

The Primate said: “all it is Now fashionable to criticize, to condemn, and to put yourself above others.” They say, “all bad, and I’m good.” According to His Beatitude, this is a kind of pride. People should not criticize someone and himself.

“John the Baptist said that people should condemn and humiliate himself and others, neighbors to elevate. Even if they are, in our opinion, don’t deserve it … If a man does, doing the right thing. Because God created man pure, and the Kingdom of heaven prepared for those who purify themselves from their sins,” – said his Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry.

At the end of the sermon, His Beatitude called on all to lead a life of self-criticism, self-judgment, repentance and love to the people around us, because “this is the path which teaches us that John the Baptist, the path that leads us to Heaven.”

July 7, Metropolitan Tikhon celebrated the divine Liturgy in the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Holy equal to the apostles Princess Olga.

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