Shevchuk: We ask God to teach us to love

“And in the present day, we ask the Lord our God, within the midst of this sea of ​​hatred, the ocean of ​​evil that has unfold over our land due to this conflict; we ask the Lord our God for the power of his divine love. , with which we will survive in all the things. Because Only those that love might be actually smart and brave, and simply and masters of themselves. We beseech the Lord God to teach us to love. For love produces heroes; hate, alternatively, produces criminals. offers beginning.”

Christ is Risen!

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, in the present day is June 1, 2022 and the Ukrainian persons are already dwelling the times of this nice and bloody conflict that Russia is waging towards the Ukrainian state. We thank our Lord God, we thank our Ukrainian Armed Forces for dwelling to this daybreak and having the ability to see the sunshine of day.

Ukraine is on fireplace… Ukraine is on fireplace… The heaviest combating is going down within the Luhansk area, and bloody clashes are going down alongside the whole entrance. According to army reviews, the conflict within the east is getting into its most intense section… however Ukraine stands. Ukraine is struggling.

Today, when the world celebrates Children’s Defense Day, it’s regrettable to say that, based mostly on official figures alone, about 700 Ukrainian kids have been victims of this conflict. Children who’re killed or injured. But what number of different kids have been victims of the Russian aggression to at the present time, I do not assume anybody is aware of. Because it’s exactly kids who’re the primary victims, they’re probably the most weak in any conflict, they’re the primary refugees, the primary wounded, who, as an alternative of going to faculty, share the destiny of refugees. Mental warfare and physics endure.

But we pray. We pray and that’s the reason we really feel that God is with us. He is the one who saves his kids, we entrust to him the care of the kids of Ukraine.

Today I would like to take into account with you a 3rd theological advantage. Virtue that’s exactly the head of human perfection. Virtue which most resembles God in man and which sparks the divinity in man. And this advantage is the advantage of charity. “God is love and he who lives in love lives in God”, says Saint John the Evangelist.

Today, the phrase “love” has turn into so devalued, disadvantaged of its which means, that typically we don’t perceive what love means. Therefore, the standard of love should be distinguished from emotions of sympathy, from some want or want, from one thing we like or admire, from the thing of our want.

Love, divine love, is the overall sacrifice of self, the overall give up of self for the nice of the one I love. This is the divine love with which God loves us all, and the fullest expression of the content material of this divine love which leads to sacrifice, are the phrases of our Savior who says: “For God so beloved the world, that he gave certainly one of his personal.” gave a son. a son, that whoever believes in him mustn’t perish however have everlasting life.” So that the revelation, the total revelation of our God, of the God in whom we imagine, now we have on the sacrificial love. The cross. The Savior, dying, commits his spirit into the fingers of the Father and says: “It is completed!” .

An individual who has acquired the present of God’s divine love lives eternally. Love is definitely the head of all human perfection. The apostle Paul says: “Though I had the present of prophecy, and I knew all mysteries and all data; Though I’ve the fullness of religion to transfer mountains, if I do not need charity, I’m nothing.”

Love is the divine power given to us by the Holy Spirit, who’s the Spirit of God’s love, which helps us not solely to partially fulfill, but additionally to fulfill the whole regulation of God to the tip. Because God needs us to love Him, not worry Him. That is why the Lord God tells us all: “Love the Lord your God with all of your coronary heart and with all of your soul and with all of your thoughts and your neighbor as your self”. Thus, on these two commandments of love, all legal guidelines and prophets rely.

It could appear shocking to us that true love leads to self-sacrifice… to giving. We really feel that once we sacrifice ourselves for others, we die. But the reality is that love is a life-giving power. A power that creates life. When we give up, we actually dwell, we dwell everlasting life. Apostle Saint Paul himself says: “Charity by no means ceases”.

Our individuals, amazed on the sacrifice of love of their little children, who give their lives for his or her homeland, spontaneously exclaim: – Heroes don’t die! – and it is true. For whoever offers himself out of love for his nation, for his kindred, fulfills the phrases of Christ, who says, “Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his associates.”

And in the present day, we ask the Lord our God, within the midst of this sea of ​​hatred, the ocean of ​​evil that has unfold over our land due to this conflict; We ask God our Lord for the ability of His divine love, with which we will dwell all the things. For solely those that love might be actually smart and brave, and simply and masters of themselves. We ask Lord God to teach us to love. Because love breeds heroes; On the opposite hand, hatred breeds criminals.

Oh God, give us your Holy Spirit, the Spirit of your divine love that we’re ready for. Oh God, give us the ability of victory with the ability of your divine love. Victory over evil, victory over the enemy, since you mentioned, “I would like mercy, not sacrifice.” O Lord, Thou who gavest Thyself for us, teach us to love as Thou lovest. And bless Ukraine together with your divine peace stuffed with love.

May God’s blessings and mercy descend upon you with His divine grace and love and be now and endlessly, Amen.

Christ is Risen! He is certainly risen!

Svyatoslav+
Father and Primate of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church
01.06.2022

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