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Vadim Novinsky: The Presentation of the Lord. How to find Christ in your life?

Vadim Novinsky: The Presentation of the Lord. How to find Christ in your life?

Today the Holy Orthodox Church celebrates one of the main holidays - the Presentation of the Lord.

“Meeting” means “meeting”.

On the 40th day after the Nativity of Christ, the Most Holy Theotokos, as required by the law of Moses, brought the Infant Christ to the Temple of Jerusalem. Here, on its steps, the meeting of the Old and New Testaments took place. The high priest and prophet Zechariah, the righteous elder Simeon, the holy prophetess Anna, who were expecting a meeting with the Savior of mankind, recognized Him by the Holy Spirit. The ancient prophecy came true: the Virgin gave birth to a Son, God became a man and came to us to save us from the slavery of sin and death. An auspicious time began when the doors to the Father's house were again opened to people and everyone who wished had the opportunity to enter through them into the Kingdom of God, into the infinity of joyful existence with the Creator and His saints.

This meeting, or meeting, took place more than two thousand years ago. And every year on this day we remember this event again and again, experience it, and become participants in it.

Where and how can we meet Christ in our lives?

Once upon a time we met Him in our Holy Mother Ukrainian Orthodox Church. They were baptized in it, began to grow and strengthen spiritually in it, remaining grateful and faithful to it.

We meet Christ in the eternal words of the Gospel, during sincere heartfelt prayer, in the Communion of the Body and Blood of Christ, during the Sacrament of Confession.

We meet God in a family where love and mutual respect reign. We can meet Him among people when, between hundreds of faces, we suddenly clearly see the eyes of our neighbor - as our brother, created, like us, in the image and likeness of the Creator.

We meet God where there is need, where there is pain and suffering, where there is a thirst for mercy, consolation, simple human warmth, a kind word and, what is much more important, a good deed. Thus God becomes all in all. This is how He is present and acts in this world, healing and transforming it.

On this holiday, I want to wish all of us, dear brothers and sisters, to continually seek and meet Christ, accept Him into our hearts, love Him with all our souls, and confess Him with our deeds. I wish that the Savior would come into our lives and transform it and ourselves. So that we may be open to His healing and life-giving grace. So that day by day we become cleaner, better, kinder, and with us, the whole reality around us.

I cordially congratulate you on the feast of the Presentation of the Lord!

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