“The Son of God became man…that He might by the communication of life deliver us from corruption, becoming Himself the first fruits of our resurrection; and that He might renew the useless and worn vessel and, while calling us to the knowledge of God, might redeem us from the tyranny of the devil, and might strengthen us and teach us how, by patience and patience and humility, to overthrow the tyrant”.
Saint John of Damascus, in reflecting on the centrality of the resurrection, offers an insight into our own nature, which thirsts for strength and knowledge, for patience and humility, and for renewal of the “worn vessel” of our lives.
Life is filled with countless distractions. From time to time, all of us wonder if our endless activities actually produce anything of substance. Our culture equates productivity with being “busy” with overextending ourselves. The result is a preoccupation with achieving even more. The human vessel soon becomes worn thin, thirsting for a break, a breath of fresh air, a new beginning and a new life.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ renews the human spirit, tarnished through worldly concerns and demands. It reminds us that life – real life – indeed exists beyond those things which demand our time and attention. It challenges us to see that real productivity is achieved when we appropriate the image of our Savior in our lives and confront the tyrannies with which Satan deceives us.
How mercifully Our Lord shares with us His victory over death, while opening to us the real meaning of life! How lovingly He bestows strength and knowledge on us! And how graciously He renews us, useless and worn though we might be, with new life.
My dear friends, as we gather this year to celebrate the resurrection, let us accent the renewal which Jesus Christ’s victory offers and let us drink of the patience and humility which flows from the empty tomb, while seeking the means to overcome the tyrannies which take hold of our lives.
I, together with the Parish Council President and the Council members, pray that we may be found worthy of His Holy Resurrection as we wish you and yours a blessed, joyous and Holy Easter!
In Anticipation Of His Glorious Resurrection,
+ Protopresbyter Anargyros Stavropoulos
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