JUNE 13, 2021 – THE SUNDAY OF THE HOLY FATHERS OF THE FIRST ECUMENICAL COUNCIL (325). PRAYER OF JESUS

(John 9:1-38)

 

Christianity addresses the person. It focuses on the three soul qualities: knowledge, love and will.

Bible verses:

1. Knowledge of the Holy Trinity – this is life eternal life (John 17:3).

2. “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and make Our home with him” (John 14:23).

3. “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48).

Here then are the three features of the soul: knowledge of God, as a condition for eternal life; love, a precondition for the deification of man; and the will, as a condition for perfection.

We are not asked to do impossible things. Perfection should not scare anybody. In each individual resides, although hidden, his own level of perfection, which can be reached. Each received at least a talent with which he can achieve his salvation.

We are only asked to focus all our soul-powers on Jesus, in Whom are hidden all the treasures of knowledge and wisdom.

He is the way and the door to the Kingdom.

The word of God, “For where two or three are gathered together in My Name, there am I in the midst of them,” according to the Holy Fathers, can be understood in different ways. It can be understood to mean human beings, the three above-mentioned powers of the soul can be understood by it, and it can also refer to the two (or three) parts of a human: the soul and the body.

We emphasize how important it is that our whole being concentrates around God, or that our whole being is surrounded by God. The way we focus on Jesus will determine the quality of our spiritual development as Christians.

The Christianity, which focuses on only one of these three traits of the soul is deficient. For example, Christianity is not just knowledge, for this leads to rationalism, to a diminishing of itself according to the measure of the human mind, which is limited and helpless. It is not only love or emotion, because this leads to mysticism; in most cases this is unhealthy and ends in fanaticism. It is also not just the will, because with this quality alone you end up with activism and authoritarianism, a sort of dictatorship in the name of Jesus.

Therefore, as long as his soul qualities do not converge in Christ, man will not be focused on God, and his Christianity is sectarian or capable of producing sects.

Even in confessionalism there is something sectarian when the differences are exalted and are given an importance that they do not have.

A harmonious combination of the soul's traits – this is what Christianity pursues for creating the new human, for this is how they were in Jesus.

Where do we find Jesus?

1. Hidden in His commandments.

2. Covered by His Mysteries.

3. Unseen in any cross of life.

4. Whole in the Church, in the great Church community.

We can only know God through Jesus Christ, Who is our path to the Father. And we cannot gain Jesus without His commandments, Mysteries, Cross and Church, through which our being transcends from the turmoil of the world to the peace of the kingdom which is to come.

Finding Jesus we find ourselves, our destiny, and our eternity.

 

Excerpt from: Vader Arsenie Boca - "Living words", Publisher Charisma, Deva, 2006, pp. 100-101.

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