“Crushed questions to the Savior for the last two thousand years. We are coming to the temple, don’t ask us what to do to inherit eternal life. We ask: what do I do with this? How can I improve family relationships? How can I raise children? Do I need to do the operation? Should I emigrate? Maybe another job would be better? Whenever we ask God questions about God and about ourselves. We play with God in the lottery, wanting to match 5 out of 36, or 6 out of 45”. Sermon of Archpriest Alexander Abramov per week 26th after Pentecost.
- We paved his soul and put it over the barbed wire
- Dead to sin and alive to God, we will be able to say: beware, this is not a game
- Read me the prayer of absolution, and I’ll be OK
- Not ask Christ to leave, or do you also need “God in a box”?
- “The Lord has given a long-awaited child, thanks to a couple of months”
And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tempted Him, saying, Master, what must I do to inherit eternal life? He said to him: in the law what is written? how readest thou? He answered, ‘ love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and with all thy strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself. Jesus said unto him, thou hast answered right; this do, and thou shalt live. But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus: and who is my neighbor? To this Jesus said: a certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. By chance a priest was going down that way: and when he saw him, he passed by. Also a Levite, being at the place, came and looked, and passed. A certain Samaritan journeyed, came where he was and saw him, he had compassion and went to him, bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an Inn and took care of him; and the next day departed, he took out two denarii, gave to the innkeeper and said to him, take care of him; and if spendest more, I, when will return, will repay you. Which of these three do you think was a neighbor that fell among the robbers? He said, he that shewed him mercy. Then said Jesus unto him, go, and do thou likewise.
LK. 10: 25-37
Since the Savior is strong and not for the better changed the religious life of mankind, the life of believers! We hear today’s gospel reading, and because there is nothing it does not scratch. What is happening to us seems a natural: a man comes, the Savior asks. He replies: keep the commandments, and cites the example of how three people met in distress. And only one took care of him. And we are all clear. When taking care of us, we always clear.
But I want to draw your attention for this very parable, and in its beginning. A man comes to Jesus and asks: “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Crushed questions to the Savior for the last two thousand years. We are coming to the temple, don’t ask us what to do to inherit eternal life. We ask: what do I do with this? How can I improve family relationships? How can I raise children? Do I need to do the operation? Should I emigrate? Maybe another job would be better?
Whenever we ask God questions about God and about ourselves. We play with God in the lottery, wanting to match 5 out of 36, or 6 of 45.
In the fifteen years of his priesthood, I on the fingers of one hand can count the number of times when coming the person said, and what would I serve God? What He can amiss? What must I do to inherit eternal life?
Coking in ourselves leads to the fact that we are losing the ability to see and hear Christ, when He visits us. And our reading of Scripture — reading tangent. We get tired, irritated and not getting a response, run away. And running this is even more absurd than uninspired parish.
How to get out of this unhealthy cycle? You need to choose somehow one day, or several days, or a week, and defer generally defer to all sorts of thoughts about those or other personal problems. And we make sure that these problems are as real milk: it is open in the refrigerator for six months and nothing happens, it doesn’t taste bad. These problems in what do not pretend, because they mean nothing.
Each of us visited, perhaps, in his youth, in such a situation: quarrel with someone and think it’s for life. Lost a friend. And then everything is back to normal, everyone’s made up and the argument has already do not remember. Why were these strong feelings? Why so much time was spend on thinking of this empty conflict? Is not it. All gone, abolished.
I must say to myself: I have no problems today. And all will to resist: how not? How not? I need to earn. Not just to earn but to earn a lot. And so on.
But if this race continues, nowhere is God with us. We will still be perceived as invisible to us by our desires.
And then we sooner or later come to unbelief. Because not only that He is invisible, but still not all wishes on the list performs.
Instead of attempting to serve God we will survive the happiest moments in my life. And, returning to their everyday work, make sure part of the problem, which we painfully thought will go away due to the fact that we are not just time and money devoted to Christ and sacrificed themselves. How much can a day for an hour and a half, but fully. Otherwise accepts Christ.
From the book “whosoever will may come. Conversations on Sundays and feast the gospel reading,” published in the publishing house “Nikea”