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EASTER REFLECTIONS. HOLIDAY OF ETERNAL LIFE: HOLY EASTER OR RESURRECTION OF CHRIST
Meeting with God transforms our lives and restores us. Clears upour mind, makes the heart, strengthens the will and faith.Fills the heart with love for God and people. Opens the way to the kingdom of heaven!
Therefore, - for our salvation, - with sincere repentance and great joy, with faith, hope and love, open our hearts to the resurrected Jesus Christ!- andThis Light, enlightening and sanctifying the whole world! to the foe of God who tookonHimself the sin of the world(John 1: 29),lying in evil(1 John 5: 19),Own the propitiation for our sinsand not only for ours, but for the sins of the whole world(1 John 2: 2)!Which thestands at the door of our soul andknocking!For it is said in the Scripture: "behold, I stand at the door and knock: if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and heby me ”(Rev. 3:20).
At the same time, a person is required only to open the door of his soul, into which the Lord knocks (Rev. 3:20). It would seem so simple and easy!But there is nothing more difficult than defeating yourself, or yourself in yourself.FROMat. right John of Kronstadt says: “It is difficult to conquer yourself. There is no harder victory in the world, as a victory over oneself, but one must surely conquer oneself, that is, one must overcome evil, nesting and acting in our hearts and in our flesh or the various passions of the flesh and the spiritual, fighting against our flesh every day ”(1: 23 ).
Archim. John (Krestyankin) writes: “The self-sacrifice of fighting with oneself begins. ANDthe victory over oneself is the hardest of all victories because of the strength of the enemy, because I myself am my own enemy. And this struggle is the longest, because it ends only with the end of life. The struggle with oneself, the struggle with sin will always remain a feat, which means it will be suffering. And she, our internal struggle, gives rise to both, even moregrievous suffering, because in the world of evil and sin a man who follows the path of righteousness will always be a stranger in the life of the world and will encounter hostility towards himself at every turn. And every day the ascetic will more and more feel his lack of resemblance to others and painfully experience her."(Cited by 2).
According to the German satirical poet Friedrich von Logau: “Fighting with yourself is the most difficult fight. Victory from victories - victory over oneself. ”
Here the fact is that in man acts descent (evasion of sin, or reproachful passions), which is a consequence of original sin. This damage to human nature is transmittedto alldescendants of Adam and Eve, and is fertile ground for the appearance of sins, passions and evil, leading to death. On the other hand, Divine grace is in man, leading to salvation. The presence of sinfulness and grace is the joint presence and intense struggle of two fundamental forces opposite in their spiritual orientation.
The holy Apostle Paul says: “For in the inner man I find pleasure in the law of God; but in my members I see another law, warring against the law of my mind, and making me a captive to the law of sin, which is in my members ”(Rom. 7: 22, 23). This struggle, or internal battle, characterizes the dynamics of spiritual Christian life - the joy of victory and the drama of defeat. In other words - our movement to God or from Him.
Thus, the earthly path of the Christian, including earthly inconveniences and sorrows, is not in peace and quiet, but in spiritual warfare.Only our victories, conditioned by the grace of God and personal acts, bring us crowns. However, they are not easy to earn. “We must try to be worthy of life with Christ. And we can achieve this only by a kind, Christian feat. It was not in vain that the apostles and holy martyrs suffered, and, keeping faith, they renounced the very temporal life itself. It was not for nothing that the desert devotees left the world and chose for themselves unconditional humility, perfect chastity and complete non-attachment. By humility they defeated the schemes of the devil, by chastity - the lusts of the flesh and non-possession - the delights of the world. We will also be strengthened by the grace of God, imitate them in patience and deeds, so that we will receive victorious crowns from the righteous Mzdovozdatel of God. O our God, glory to Thee! ”(Archpriest V. Nordov) (quoted in 3: 349).
In general, in the earthly life of a Christian, one of the foundations of spirituality, the spiritual core, or spiritual foundation, is faith in the Kingdom of Heaven and the hope of eternal Life in Him. This directs us to the love of the Savior, who “by a dear price” has opened the kingdom to us.
These virtues (faith, hope, love) are due to the grace of God and the Holy Gospel - testifying of salvation in Christ - written "The living Spirit of God, not on the tablets of stone, but on the tables of flesh of the heart" (2 Cor. 3: 3) . At the same time, awareness of the purpose of life, - BLESSDOWN IN CONNECTION WITH CHRIST, - organizes inner wholeness in a person and creates a clear and directional dominant that harmonizes the mental powers of the soul - mind, feelings, and will. And then already in the life of the earth there is no room for slavery to the passions, which can become for man false and deceitful gods, destroying his soul and body. "After all, for God there is no irreparable - the Resurrection of Christ is a testimony to that. Only one thing is irreparable: unwillingness of people to admit the obvious. And, above all, your own sin ”(4)
Congratulations to all the Orthodox with the Great and bright holidayTHE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST!
CHRIST IS RISEN!
1. From the teachings of the holy righteous John of Kronstadt. Fulfill the commandment of love. - M .: Otchiy dom, 2001.
2. Site "Orthodox Church Calendar."
3. Year of Soul: Orthodox calendar with reading for every day 2005 / comp. I. Smolkin.- Moscow Patriarchate; Moldavian Metropolis; Edinet-Briceni Diocese.
4. The site "Bible - Center". Thinking out loud on Acts 2: 36, 37.