“What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory” RM9:23
Dear Parishioners, Pascha 2014
There are many aspects of today’s society that create a false spiritual life. Through media and technology, in fantasy, one may live vicariously through Marvel heroes like Captain America or Thor and think that this is the way justice and power are dispensed. Actors and Actresses promote certain spiritualities that are disguises for arrogance, self-promotion and other vices.
Socrates once said, “…have complete knowledge of the Incorruptible which is, I take it, no other than the very truth.” Jesus in the Gospel of John teaches the following about truth. “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” JN14:6.
There is a truth, that as Christians, one must come to terms with, as one contemplates on the resurrection during this time of Pascha. One, the resurrection is real. St. Luke as author of the Book of Acts writes, “to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs…” Acts1:3
Second, the natural state of one’s being is not the biological understanding of life. Instead, hear the words of St. Paul as he teaches something a little different. “In the same way, someone who has been born again through holy baptism has received the ability to be fashioned like the glorious body of the Son of God.” Phil3:21.
Third, this reality will be witnessed in its fullness when the general resurrection takes place at the Lord’s second coming. “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.” 11TH4:16 St. Gregory Palamas proclaims the following, “…when , in the resurrection, this potential progresses to realization, he will have, not by faith and hope but in truth and reality, a glorified and incorruptible body such as Christ had after the resurrection.”
As Christians prepare to celebrate Pascha, the reality is that Jesus Himself wields justice and power through the crucifixion and resurrection. The justice is seen in the act of the Word of God taking on the method of deliverance by being born in the weakness of our nature. The power is exercised in His glorious three day resurrection. As St. Paul says, “It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.” 1Cor15:43
May your Pascha be filled with the joy that accompanies the justice and the power of the resurrection! Peace, love and joy to you and your family!
In Christ’s Ministry,
Fr. John K. Lardas