I’d like to take this time and plug my nephew’s new blog How I See the World (here). Take a moment and follow him, add him to your blogroll, etc. He’s studying theology in Belgrade, Serbia. Always nice to get new, fresh voice.
I’d also like to congratulate him on an excellent first post. Bravo!
Bishop Atanasije (Jevtic) of Hercegovina
Taken from the Institute of Sts. Sebastian and Mardarije Institute in Phoenix, Arizona
(here at 9:48)
“….let’s not return to the Turkish times that we take communion once or three or four times a year. Every liturgy is open for communion. The prayers are read out loud. Who made that rule, where does that say that? It’s another thing that we have to fast but nowhere in the Canons or in the Tradition of the Church does it say that it’s an unconditional requirement that we fast before communion. That doesn’t exist. Show me that text. ……The fast is a fast and it’s a holy thing. But fasting is not a precondition for communion. The fifty days of Pascha was once all fast free. And they took communion…..Everything is completed with our participation and communion.. Unworthy! If we look at who is worthy and who isn’t worthy…we’ve missed the point of fasting….the greatest preparation for communion is humility and humility is the footstool of the Kingdom that’s why the holy Forty Days begins with the Sunday of Publican and the Pharisee….”
When Jesus told Simon Peter to cast his net for a catch Peter objected and said, Teacher we’ve been fishing all night long and weren’t able to catch anything. But, at Your word, I will cast my net again. And he did and he caught so many fish he needed help pulling the net back in and his boat started sinking. When I related this gospel story to the Church School children on Sunday after liturgy they added: So Jesus taught Simon how to fish better?
No, He didn’t. They were fishermen and as such they knew very well how to fish. Yet, regardless of that they were unable to catch anything. The same happens to us. There are things we’re good at, we might have particular talents: writing, drawing, building, etc. But sometimes we find ourselves struggling to do the very thing we’re supposed to be good at.
Just as Christ was with Peter in the boat He is with us as well. He’s the one telling us to go into the deep for a catch, He is the one telling us to try again and keep at it. He is the one who believes in us. Do we believe in Him?