Jesus Christ showed us another way to follow that leads to eternal blessedness on the other side of the grave. And this is the path of leading a true Christian life, which can only be achieved by completely changing our behavior.
Unfortunately, the world has too much religion that does not lead people to transfiguration in holiness. If we think that Christianity provides simply theological ideas, moral precepts, or directions about how to conduct religious services, then we will fail to behold and participate in the glory of our Lord.
The parable of the unmercirful servant begins with the words, Therefore is the Kingdom of Heaven likened unto a certain king, and that means that the mystery of forgiveness is hidden in Divine grace, in the mystery of the Kingdom of Heaven.
The possibility of the combination of military service with holiness is a confirmation of the truth of Orthodoxy, preserved by Gospel realism. The Church recognizes that the criteria of the truth path to the Kingdom of Heaven is not external relations with the world, their formal aspects, but the correctness of orientations, the light of Christ.
He rebukes not only this man, but everyone who lacks faith, even the bystanders. By saying, “How, long shall I be with you?” Christ shows that He longs for the Passion upon the Cross and His departure from them.
We present everything to God, and He will utterly destroy all the madness of those who doubt in faith in Christ. Instead of unnecessary fights with heretics, let us labor over the teaching of the true faith and the history of the holy Church, that the names of the great fathers of the six Ecumenical Councils would become near and dear for us.
We see how fearlessly the Lord walks on the water as the storm rages. He is calm, He is in God’s peace, in faith—that is, in trust of the Heavenly Father’s love. It’s His path to the Cross; He goes to meet the danger that threatens us. He goes to make war with death, to give us life and deliver us from all fear.
By God’s grace, every country and every people, and often cities, have an enlightener in their history. The Lord has raised up His elect from among the people, and through them has enlightened His people with the light of faith. The faith that the Lord gave us through Prince Vladimir was a worthy sowing that brought forth worthy fruits of the Spirit. It glorified a host of saints—our fellow countrymen, who intercede before God for our land, for our holy Church, and for our people.
Why do we refer to the Baptism of Rus’ as a turning point for the history of our peoples? Because it forever changed the face of the of the entirety of Slavic civilization and predetermined the subsequent path of its development.
We remember with deep gratitude to Almighty God the ever-memorable witness and deep devotion of this servant of God, who gave selflessly for the well-being of others, and who, at a time when the world was turned upside down, remained steadfast in her faith and purpose.