The Head of UGCC: "Discover and realize our dignity is possible only when we encounter the living God"

Monday, 28 November 2016, 15:35
We must tell ourselves that never compromise with evil. We now choose to be free children of God, we choose to live in God and with God. And only then will be able to build independent, capable and happy life free Ukraine.
Said the Father and Head of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church His Beatitude Sviatoslav during a sermon to the faithful in the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ in Kyiv.
The Primate said that today's Gospel tells us about God the Redeemer ... Experience the Lord who frees and saves, is the foundation of Christian faith ...
His Beatitude Sviatoslav recalled that this week we celebrated the Dignity and Freedom Day. Humanity, he says, from the very beginning of its existence asks himself, what is human dignity, on which it is based, which is its source? On the other hand - and what freedom, what it means to be free and a free man?
"In today's Gospel Jesus gives us the answers to these fundamental human questions ... Very often modern people think that dignity is a personal capacity and power to conquer the world, buy a lot of expensive watches or have a fleet of expensive cars, as shown electronic declaration of our officials . Someone thinks that in this lies their dignity, which they can give themselves. How many times have we felt that it was he who feels the complex of inferiority, is a dictator, enslaving other people trying to grow their own eyes, but spiritual pygmies remains will ever be able to win even his own conscience of that dignity, which wants. Today Jesus tells us that the dignity of the human person is not derived from its ability to conquer the world. Dignity is God's gift. For God created man in His own image and likeness, gave him something that he has only ", - said the preacher.
The dignity of the human person, says the Head of UGCC, is granted each of us in our time of the creation. "Therefore - he said- in dignity all people are exactly the same: rich and poor, powerful and weak, sick and healthy, regardless of race, religion or political affiliation. Each of us is a beloved daughter or favorite son of our great God. "
"True freedom is the ability of man to choose the good, the good, which in itself is the Lord God, the gifts that He wants to give us. He is the highest good, "- said the preacher.
His Beatitude Sviatoslav said that these days we commemorate millions of Ukrainian citizens in 1932-1933 died in a terrible artificial famine. "We see - said the spiritual leader of the Greek Catholics - as different" liberators "who came to our land in the name of this or that human ideology ... eventually became enslaving systems, sacrificed his own atheism millions ".
"We must not forget the innocent killed artificial famine. For historical event history is only when we experience it in our heart. But our historical memory can be life-saving for us and liberation only if it will affect our personal choice. We must tell ourselves that never compromise with evil. Today we choose freedom of personal choice sons of God, we choose to live in God and with God. And only then will be able to build themselves independent, capable and happy life free Ukraine ", - said the Head of the UGCC.
UGCC Information Department



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