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The greater our awareness of our weakness and our nothingness, and the stronger our self-denial in our downward journey to the place where Christ is, the more solid will be the foundations of the temple of God which is being built within us, allowing a more perfect dwelling of Christ in our hearts, upon which His heavenly image will be engraved ever more deeply.
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The words that proceed from the mouth of God, either through the Prophets or the Apostles, or the Holy Fathers who were well-pleasing to God throughout the centuries, cannot but make known the attributes of the Living Lord. They reveal His almighty power, the majesty of His holiness, His wisdom, and above all, the greater love of the Son of Love, Who, ‘while we were yet sinners, died for us’. The word of the Lord portrays our archetype who is the Son and Word of God, in Whose image we were created in the beginning.
Νot only does the energy of the word of the Lord portray the archetype and reveal the pre-eternal Council of God concerning man, but it also exposes the pitiful distortion of man after the fall. Man finds his truth not in comparing himself with other mortals, but in his presentation before the Lord Who speaks in his heart…
Who is he, however, who will hear the voice of Christ, the Word Giver, who will see His form, and will not be changed and will not repent or alter his path?
Who is he who will taste of the words of the Almighty Jesus and not burn until the end with gratitude?
Who is he to whom the Lord will entrust the words of His Father, and who will not love Him until the end, even unto self-hatred?
Father Zacharias studied theology at the Orthodox Theological Institute of Saint Sergius in Paris and at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has lived all his monastic life in the monastery of Saint John the Baptist in Essex where he serves as a spiritual Father and minister of the word of God to his brethren and the people that come to him. Read more…
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