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2013-04-28 message

posted May 22, 2013, 2:34 PM by St. John's Webmaster

Yesterday in Orthros we sang, “Martha and Mary unto the Savior said: If You had been here, O Lord, then Lazarus would not have died. Then Christ, the Resurrection of those who in death have lumbered, resurrected from the dead the man already four days dead. Therefore, O believers all, come let us adore Him who is coming in glory to save our souls.”

In the Church, we often use the word “today” in hour hymns and this is not accidental. With God, time is transcended. Jesus was crucified almost two thousand years ago, yet St. John the Theologian speaks of “the lamb slain before the foundation of the world (Rev. 13:8). In the Divine Liturgy, we offer the bread and wine to become the Body and Blood of Christ not making a new sacrifice, but uniting into the once-and-for-all sacrifice of Christ. So we sing “today” because we join in those events we celebrate across the arc of time.

Over the next week, we have the opportunity to travel with Christ to His death and resurrection. We have the opportunity to be witnesses to the saving work of God. We have the opportunity to be drawn into that work, to reflect with the Church on the meaning of the Lord’s incarnation, suffering, and resurrection, and to bring or renew in our hearts the light of salvation. The hymn spoke to all believers and called on them to “adore Him who is coming in glory to save our souls,” I should rather say that the hymn calls to us to come and see the humility of God, the suffering of the Son in the flesh, the love that He has for everyone and that He shows even from the cross, and, finally, the glory and joy that is His and that He has promised to those who believe in and follow Him.

As He opened the minds of Luke and Cleopas as they traveled with Him to Emmaus to understand the scriptures, may the Lord also open our minds as we travel with Him the road of Holy Week.

With love in Christ,
+Fr. Peter