Metropolitan Onuphry: “One Should Turn to God First in Difficult Situations”

One should live in such a way as not to offend the Divine love. team | 03 June 2022

If the Lord is in the first place in our life, He will instruct and help us resolve all problems and perplexities said His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine in his sermon during the Divine Liturgy at the Ascension Church in Kiev on June 2, 2022, on the feast of the Ascension of Our Lord, reports the Information and Education Department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

“If we encounter problems or bewilderments in our life, we must first ask God: “Lord, what should we do, how should we act?” The Lord will instruct us, help us, and we will follow the path that leads man to the Kingdom for which the Lord created man and which he lost in Paradise,” said His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry.

The Archpastor continued that the Lord returned this Kingdom to people through His Incarnation, Suffering and Resurrection. It was by His Ascension that the Lord elevated our human nature to Heaven.

“Human nature in Christ was honored with grace-filled deification. The Lord became man in essence and made man god by grace,” said the metropolitan.

He noted that it is precisely in the Church that “the Lord is present as the God-Man, where through Communion of the Holy Mysteries a person makes himself capable of receiving the Gift of eternal life and Salvation.”

“For this we must thank our Lord and Creator, our Redeemer and Savior. And try to live in such a way as not to offend the Divine love with our sins and crimes. We must try to live in love, so that we learn to forgive each other, help each other, so that we endure each other – these are the deeds and these are the actions by which we make ourselves capable of sitting uncondemned at the right hand of Heavenly God and Father,” concluded His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry.

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