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7th Sunday of Matthew ( the Two Blind Men )

7th Sunday of Matthew ( the Two Blind Men )

 

The issue is not that people be healed of their illnesses, but that they be helped to believe in Christ

 

We do not have sorrow within us over not having faith. The question posed by Christ is: “Do you believe that I am able to do what you ask?” And I don’t know what the Lord would say about the different illnesses that each of us has. But the issue is not that people be healed of their illnesses, but that they be helped to believe in Christ, to believe that it is possible for us to be cured of our spiritual darkness and our spiritual blindess.

In some way the Lord asks both you and me and each of us: “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” And when you answer in the affirmative, immediately you are enlivened, immediately you are brought to action, immediately you follow the Lord. You believe that the Lord is able to forgive you, to purify you, to illumine you, to sanctify you,  to give you repentance, grace, humility, and every virtue. Consequently, it is impossible to answer the Lord with a “yes” and to remain as you are. Immediately you will be healed: you will start to think differently, you will start to feel differently. You will feel that now is the time of salvation.

The Apostle Paul says: “[we] also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain”(2 Corinth. 6: 1b). We were baptized, we have the grace of God but do we receive it in vain? It is the hour for us to hear the voice of God and to be energized, to respond, to use the grace that the Lord has given us and which we have within us.

 

 

 

Holy Hesychasterion “The Nativity of Theotokos” Publications.

Archimandrite Symeon Kragiopoulos

 

 

 

 

7th Sunday of Matthew ( the Two Blind Men )