|Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes - Spiritual Nourishment for the Soul - May 1999|
Peace & Good Will Among All Men
"Peace of the soul is the fruit of the Spirit" (Gal. 5:22).
All God Loving Christians responsibility is to speak of peace and good will among all men, nothing to the contrary should be then be expressed. A great deal can be discussed when it comes to a time of war and what comes with war, despair, sufferings, hunger-stavation, death, and horrific reports of destruction of homes, churches, cemeteries, monasteries, and historic places of a country one loves.
Sadly enough political opinions are discussed and then again expressed in misconceptions which comes along with war, and finally lies are told. All of this is simply called war, where we have people escaping from their beloved homeland to the forest and to the mountains, and finally if anyone would take them in a another country. What person has not heard of the war in Yugoslavia and Kosovo?
At times the borders are open, and then closed. The massive exiles within the country get out of control that it becomes such a burden to help and becomes overwhelming, however in the meantime nothing is so important for us as Christians to care for all suffering people no matter who they are and not what is the problem at hand. No man, women, or child should be neglected is the christian conception of love for one another.
In speaking about peace and good will among all men, we might be accused
of one thing or another, but let this despair you not, from the moment
of the incarnation of the Son of God, peace and love have been granted
to the world. The Lord Jesus Christ Himself is Peace and Love.
Yet at the same time, the peace brought by Christ the Savior does not act
within us. This is because we ourselves do not give it room in our
hearts, do not actualize it in our lives.
From the history of the Church we see that the Church of Chirst our Lord is the Kingdom of Peace. All where one, as the Church is one, all loving one another, and all caring for one another, all had one heart, and one belief, all reached out to care for one another even during the times of sufferings. This Christian act must continue onward in caring for others who are now in need of our love and assistance, and who are suffering. We can in some special way ease some of these sufferings by helping and doing what we can as responsible Christians.
The apostle Paul states
"That it pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell; and, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven." (Col. 1:19-20)
In further speaking about peace among our suffering brethren in Yugoslavia and Kosovo, let us remember we have the right to cry out for peace and good will among all men, we need to continue on in our prayers for them every time we begin our prayers, and every time we walk into the Church, by lighting a candle, and once we find the place for prayer then continue onward in this prayer. Finally when we say our morning or evening prayers continue before the Lord our God, the Mother of God, and His saints for peace and good will among all men. Then again we can ask our parish priest to have a special service for the much sufferings that we are hearing, and cannot neglect as true Orthodox Christians.
We must at the same time also reach out in anyway we can to assist these sufferings in perhaps give further assistance to the causes that give food, and shelter, as well as medical assistance. Within the Eastern Orthodox Church we have several organizations that help in these causes and are assisting at this hour. The I.O.C.C. -the International Orthodox Christian Charities, the OCMC -the Orthodox Christian Mission Center, and the Decani Monastery Relief Fund In Kosovo. If you would like to have more information about these great Christian causes you can email me, I will forward you further information.
Good and loving Christians, let us entreat the King of peace, our Lord Jesus Christ, to endow us with His Grace filled peace, and for all those who are suffering at this hour, to send His right hand and bless them with His love, and means of comfort.
Now let us live and act upon our Christian charity, and open up our hearts to help those who need our love, our assistance, and above all our prayers.
In conclusion we must not forget that at our Lord's Holy Nativity Feast, we just do not cry out for peace and good will among men, only at that time, but always, and this must be applied spiritually throughout our lives in calling for and praying for peace, and good will, toward men.
Peace be unto all!
Thank you my good friends in Christ our Lord!
TRULY HE IS RISEN!
Humbly In The Love Of Christ Our Lord,
+Very Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
Glory to God in the Highest, and on Earth Peace, Good Will Toward Men!
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