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What is truth?

“What is truth?” Is a question that many have asked. Christ has given us the exact definition of Truth, Himself (John 14:6). The Truth is not something that belongs to us. We cannot own truth. The only way to have some ownership of the Truth is by sharing it with others. The Truth is the Light of Christ that we cannot hide under a basket (Luke 8:16) as Saturday’s Gospel Reading tells us. If we hide an open flame under a basket, the basket will catch flame. In the same way, we cannot keep the Truth of Christ a secret from others. If we have good news, we must tell it. As the saying goes, “it will eat us up inside” or rather it will burn us up inside (Luke 24:32) unless we tell it. With Christ, we have the antidote to death, the medicine of immortality, as St. Ignatios of Antioch tells us, and a provision for eternal life as the prayers of preparation for Holy Communion state. For this we have the proof that is the Holy Relics, the incorrupt bodies of the Saints. In San Francisco we have the incorrupt body of St. John Maximovitch. In Kerkyra, or Corfu as the island is known in English, we have the incorrupt body of St. Spyridon. St. Spyridon is known as the walking Saint as they must change his shoes as he wears them out. In Kalymnos, there is St. Savvas the New, the dear friend of St. Nektarios, who’s body is incorrupt except for a small patch on his head that was exposed to water while he was buried. These Saints became this way because of the inworking of the Divine Flame, the Grace of the Holy Spirit, the same Divine Flame that came down upon the Apostles at Pentecost. If we participate in the Sacraments of the Church (especially Holy Communion), then we also become filled with this same Divine Flame that heals us, illumines us and ultimately deifies us (Anything put into a fire takes on the qualities of a fire, it is the same with God if we come close to Him. If we come close to God, we take on His likeness which we lost in the fall from Paradise). Since this is true, and we have the proof of the Saints, how can we keep Christ a secret? God is Truth. The right to come to know this Truth, who is Christ God, is an inalienable right belonging equally to all people, all human beings. All people have a right to the Truth who is Christ Jesus our true God and Savior. This is what it means when the Gospel states that we cannot hide the Light, who is the Truth of God, under a basket or vessel.

Posted by Fr Simeon Pardalis at 11:29 AM
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