Metropolitan Onuphry: The World Is Changed by Each Person Individually

If we do not change ourselves for the better, but reproach each other, the world will go downhill into the abyss of evil. team | 25 April 2022

Each person needs to worry first of all about his own improvement, then there will be less evil in the world said His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine in his sermon at the church of St. Agapit of the Caves in the Holy Dormition Kiev-Pechersk Lavra on April 24, 2022, on the feast day of the Holy Resurrection of Christ Our Lord, reports the Information and Education Department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

“The Feast of the Resurrection gives us bright hope that evil cannot conquer the world. Evil is defeated by Good. Life has conquered death. Truth won out. And in Christ we find strength, grace-filled help in order to overcome the evil and difficulties that happen to us on the path of our life. Therefore, the feast of Pascha of Christ is a feast of bright hope,” His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry noted.

He stressed that the world is changed when each of us separately begins to try to live with God.

“If I worry about my own improvement and each of you about yours, then the world will be changed for the better. If I try to change you, and you try to correct me, then nothing will work out for us and the world will go downhill into the abyss of evil. Therefore, the Resurrection of Christ teaches us that each person must care to, first of all, be with God. If a person’s soul is with God, then the person is useful both for himself and the whole world – everyone around him,” His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry pointed out.

“May the Lord in these holy days send us the spirit of peace, may the Lord bless our land, our Ukrainian people with peace, so that people are freed from fear, hopelessness, despair, so that people would return to a normal way of life and, of course, so that we build our lives on sacred laws of God. Because sacred laws lead a person to holiness, vicious laws lead him to destruction.

May the Lord, Who sacrificed Himself for the salvation of the world, help us so that we sacrifice ourselves to Christ, so that we can be faithful children of our Savior and Creator, Who so loved us that He came to earth for us, accepted suffering, voluntary death on the Cross and gloriously rose from the dead. Christ is risen!” the metropolitan said.

The archpastor thanked the flock for their love, patience and help and congratulated them on the Bright Resurrection of Christ. After the service, His Beatitude distributed Paschal gifts to the parishioners.

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