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2014-07-13 message

posted Jul 13, 2014, 7:56 AM by St. John's Webmaster   [ updated Jul 13, 2014, 7:56 AM ]

On Friday, the top story on the Sports Illustrated web site was a large picture of LeBron James, with the title “I’m coming home!” as he announced his decision to return to Cleveland to play basketball. There was a little reminder for me, of my father who, for all his travels working around the world, did not feel at home unless he was back in Romania. It also reminded me of what I heard a couple of priests say to new converts to Orthodoxy: welcome home.

This greeting has a special and rich meaning. In a short few words, it is a reminder to us that our true home, the home that our souls long for is with God. We were created to be in communion with Him and because of that, our deepest longing is to be in our true home, with Him.

The Church is the body of Christ, present at the same time on earth and in heaven and leading us from earth to heaven in each Divine Liturgy. The church building itself is an image of heaven, from the nave which surrounds us with the icons of the saints, to the altar, where Christ rests in the presanctified gifts. Ultimately, the Church is our truest earthly home, leading us to the permanent home in the bosom of Abraham, with the saints, in the kingdom of God.

With love in Christ,
+Fr. Peter