The Head of the UGCC in Boryspil: “Mission of Christians in the world is to be a voice of consciousness of their nations”

Monday, 18 January 2016, 14:49
Sin is the strongest enslaver which keeps us in its captivity. It leaves a person without an ability to be free. External freedom doesn’t mean everything. A person, first of all, must become free in his or her heart. A delivery from a power of sin and death grants the One Who will baptize not only with water but with the Holy Spirit and fire.

On the 17th of January, the Father and Head of the UGCC His Beatitude Sviatoslav said about it in his homily at the parish of Saint Volodymyr and Olga, equal to apostles in Boryspil, near Kyiv.

Proceeding with the homily, His Beatitude Sviatoslav added that all of us bear in ourselves “a voice of one crying in the desert” what is a consciousness: “it is a moment when person in all their nudity in a heart stands before God. That voice says truth about a person”. Thus, how important it is not to smother the voice of our own consciousness.

“We know that John the Baptist is the last from the prophets of the Old Testament who paid his life for his prophetic mission. We know a godless ruler cut down his head”, - explained the preacher. However you can make a prophet be quiet but you cannot make God be quiet, for he speaks to a heart and consciousness of everyone. Long ago the Church Fathers taught that all of us will be judged and acquitted in accordance with our consciousness. “So let us learn how to listen to the “voice of one crying in the desert” of our life and mission”, - asked he.

The Head of the UGCC believes that a mission of Christians in the world bears a prophetic task: “We are called to be a voice of consciousness of our nation”.

“Today it is not so easy to wake a prophetic voice in our country; voice that tells the truth, does not make a compromise with evil, calls us to the desert of our life and tasks in a new year. There are things above person’s strength, as well as for a Saint John. He could not make a saint from a sinner but he could call the one to repent”, added he.

“Wish us all to live in accordance with a consciousness, listening to God, because His voice comes through the voice of our consciousness, Church and God’s word. Wish us to go through the days of Epiphany in a sacred way and feel that the One Who comes and delivers is among us. The restoration and rebirth of our land and nation is a fruit of baptism with the Holy Spirit, we must proclaim it in a society”, said His Beatitude Sviatoslav.

The UGCC Department of Information

 

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