The Feast of the Nativity of Christ celebrates hope for salvation, for forgiveness of sins, for the triumph of peace and goodwill. With a feeling of deep spiritual joy, I wish you all to consolidate your faith and rejoice in doing good in the name of Christ, Who is always with us. We know from the Holy Scripture that only God is unchangeable. As changes have become an integral part of our daily lives, a serious-minded clear-headed individual, particularly a believer, should ponder on them on a daily basis. Apostolic teachings tell us to proceed with caution, not as fools, but as wise men, and value time because the days are evil. The Apostles teach us not to waste time, but to grow spiritually, no matter what the circumstances are or could be. This is what matters, whilst changes come and go, as before. As long as we see the meaning of life, we’ll never veer off course. What fills our lives with meaning is staying with Christ in His Holy Church. Despite a series of tragic events in Russia that led to a mass departure from faith in the 20th century, these days, we’re witnessing a spiritual revival as people are rediscovering God and are returning to faith. The best that we can do today to redeem the sad legacy of the past is to preserve the Love of our Lord Jesus Christ in our hearts and live a life of good deeds to the glory of God.
6 January 2013
Metropolitan Yuvenaly Poyarkov
Voice of Russia World Service
Today, we see Nativity messages on Russian state media and communists flocking to churches. Need I say anything else? Compare that to godless America and its smarmy “evangelical” religiosity. Draw your own conclusions…