All Evil Flees at the Presence of the Lord

FresnoSlava3The following is an excerpt from an article just posted here on the Serbian Church site about last Sunday’s celebration in Fresno, California and Bishop Maxim’s words:

“….His Grace gave a sermon that reached the minds and hearts of all who had ears to listen. He brought to light for all of the faithful that our actions in this world will always affect the rest of the word, both material and spiritual. We must choose what is right in God’s eyes yet never despair when confronted by evil, for all evil flees in the presence of our Lord. Moreover, Christ’s redemption works in both this world and the spiritual world simultaneously and inseparably. To fulfill time in history means to confront evil and the divisive powers, which call for the postponement of the End. The demons ask Jesus: “have you come here to torment us before the time” (Matthew 8:29). The demons know that their end is torture, eternal hell and they wish the postponement, as much as possible, contrary to the exclamation “Maranatha” or “Come, O Lord”, of the first Eucharistic liturgies. Anyone who is dominated by evil prays that the Kingdom not come quickly. Here lies the mystery of freedom in history. So, here we see that, thanks to the Resurrection-event, the future relates to our time in a different way; precisely, the future belongs to those who will rise from the grave. “What have you to do with us”?, the demons ask because there is not and never will be any reconciliation between demons and God. So they say: “Leave us alone! You mind your work and we shall mind our work”! They want a division in the existence, gap, two separate areas. Many times we also organize our life, social and political, and we say to the Church: “Do not interfere with what concerns the world. The world belongs to Satan”. “What have we to do with you”?—this is a method that evil has invented so that it survives and enables it to have some influence over the world. Furthermore, they add the phrase “Son of God”! Here it is clear that faith is not enough to recognize that there is God. “Even the demons believe and tremble”! It is trust in God that He can make the impossible possible. Demons teach us what the faith is not about. The final conclusion from the Gospel story is that evil does not influence only man; it is transferred from man to the creation. The ecological crisis today witnesses this the transfer of evil from man to the innocent creation. His Grace concluded that we have responsibility for the whole creation…..”

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