The Lord teaches to do good to all people, even those who do not love or hate us said His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine in his sermon during the Divine Liturgy at the Church of St. Anthony and Theodosius of the Caves of the Holy Dormition Kiev-Pechersk Lavra on November 28, 2021, the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost, reports the Information and Educational Department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
“Kindness is a testimony of God. The Lord says: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). That is, by our good deeds, we must testify about God that God is Love, God is Good and our Father and Creator,” said His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry.
The metropolitan noted that we should do good to our brothers and sisters in faith, first of all, but also to all mankind.
“If we do good to our brothers and sisters in faith, we support them in preserving the purity of their faith. If we do good to a non-believer or a person of another faith, we testify that we are the creation of a good God, and also, we encourage everyone to know the True God,” His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry explained.
Good deeds, he continued, can be expressed in different forms.
“Literally it can be helping another person, but in a figurative sense it means to console, support someone, etc. The Lord favors such kindness. We must adorn ourselves with this kindness and imitate our Creator, shine on the world and speak without words that we are children of God, who is Love,” said His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry.
In conclusion, the metropolitan encouraged Christians to do good to all people to the best of their ability. “Then the Lord will comfort us in our sorrows, illnesses, and difficulties of earthly life and help us overcome all obstacles that we encounter in life. Thus, we will follow the path that leads to the blessed Eternity in Christ Jesus our Lord,” concluded His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry.
During the divine service, fervent prayers were offered for the end to the pernicious pandemic, for the health of doctors and the sick.