Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Η πηγή των δύο υδάτων..

Άγιος Νικόλαος Βελιμίροβιτς

Η πηγή με τα δύο νερά είναι ο άνθρωπος. Με το ένα νερό ζωντανεύει, με το άλλο νεκρώνει. Μ’ ένα πλένει, με το άλλο λερώνει. Και τα δύο νερά ρέουν ἀπό το ίδιο στόμα. Ο ἂνθρωπος μπορεῖ με το στόμα να παινεύη την αρετή, αλλά μπορεί και να τη μαλώνη, μπορεί να δοξάζη τον Θεό, αλλά μπορεί και να Τον υβρἰζη, μπορεί να σηκώση τον πεσμένο, αλλά μπορεί και να ρίξη τον όρθιο, μπορεί να ενθαρρύνη, αλλά μπορεί και να αποδυναμώση, μπορεί να οδηγήση, αλλά μπορεί και να αποπλανήση.

Metropolitan Hierotheos Vlachos- On Holy Priesthood & Spiritual Therapy

 By Bishop Hierotheos Vlachos, Metropolitan of Nafpaktos and St. Vlassios; excerpt from his highly esteemed book "Orthodox Psychotherapy."

The priest has a double task. One is to perform the sacraments and the other is to heal people so that they can worthily approach and receive Holy Communion. We have further pointed out that there are many priests who are priests outwardly and perform their function unhindered but in essence have defiled the priesthood, and that this is apparent from the fact that they are not able to heal. They perform the sacraments, and the gifts are sanctified through them, but they cannot cure others or save their own souls.
On the other hand, there are laymen and monks who do not have the sacramental priesthood but can heal people because they have spiritual priesthood. We should like to dwell briefly on this point.
Through baptism and the effort to keep Christ’s commandments all Christians have put on Christ, and in this way we share the royal, prophetic and high priestly office of Christ.
This teaching is recorded in the texts of the New Testament. In the Book of Revelation John the Evangelist writes: To him who loved us and washed us from our sins in his own blood and has made us kings and priests to his God and Father... (Rev 1:5). The Apostle Peter says: You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, his own special people. (1 Pet 2:9). And the Apostle Paul writes to the Christians of Rome: I appeal to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. (Rom 12:1).

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