Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada



GOD ON EARTH - HUMANITY IN HEAVEN!

I should like to share with you some words from the great Preacher, Saint John Chrysostom, whose Liturgy we celebrate so often, and whose Catechetical Address is read each year at Paschal Matins. He also wrote an address for the Winter Pascha, Christmas, the Nativity according to the flesh of our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ.

As recorded in The Orthodox Herald (December 1998), published in Hunlock Creek, Pennsylvania, by the Very Reverend W. Basil Stroyen and his wife Nina Bohush Stroyen, the Saint called out:

"Come, then, let us observe the Feast! Come, and we shall celebrate the solemn festival!"

"Truly wonderful is the whole story of the Nativity!"

"For this day the ancient slavery is ended, the devil confounded, the power of death is broken, paradise is unlocked, the curse is taken away, sin is removed from us, error driven out, truth has been brought back, the speech of kindliness is diffused and spreads on every side, a heavenly way of life has been implanted on earth."

"Why is this? Because God is now on earth and humanity is in heaven; on every side all things commingle."

Can we imagine that? God on earth - among us, one of us! And we, weak, confused, worried humans in heaven?

Perhaps the lack of courage to use our imagination is one of our major problems. The problem is certainly not on God's side. Look at what lengths He takes to get to us! To let us know that He is with us, that He has never abandoned us - nor shall He ever!

Imagine. Use the spark of faith you have. Dare to hope! Break down the walls you have erected to keep out Love. God is now on earth - and you are in heaven. All things commingle. He and His love and His wisdom are within you and all around. Rejoice - and live!

V. Rev. Ihor George Kutash