Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada


I am writing this last meditation as Pastor of our community of Saint Sophie's, the Holy Wisdom of God, at our Camp near Saint-Théodore de Chertsey. Here the view of the heavens covered by a brilliant paradise of stars is simply magnificent! The lights of the city hide this glory - here it is visible in all its splendour!

This magnificent creation reminds us of the greatness of the God who created it. How much greater, how much more majestic and splendid is the One Who made all this. But His lovely creation can not tell everything about Him. It was to communicate more effectively that God took the astonishing step of the Incarnation. God the Son, the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity became the Man, Jesus of Nazareth, Son of Mary, the wife of Joseph the Righteous Elder.

As we read the Gospels which describe the life, the actions and the words of Jesus we find out a great deal about God's character. We see His humility, His respect for human persons, among whom He lived as one of them - one of those which He had created. For example, in today's Gospel we hear Jesus' words to the two blind men who had asked Him to give them their sight. He asked them: "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" (Matthew 9:28).

Imagine that! The One Who created eyes - could He not make them see? Of course, He can! But He limits Himself. He accepts the limits demanded by that other precious gift He has given us: the gift without which we could not become persons. The gift of freedom! We can choose to believe or not believe. He accepts these limits because He loves us. Respect is an integral part of love.

If we try to dominate, to force the one we love to submit to our will, this is not love but ego. God is humble. He loves us. He offers us His love and all its treasures. It is up to us to accept or reject them. It is always possible to say Yes or No to God. In fact we do that very thing each moment of our lives.

The blind men said Yes. We, too, have this opportunity today. Let us say Yes to Jesus. Lets let Him love us. Lets let Him free us from our fears, our prejudices and stereotypes - from the death to which ego and pride subject us.

Lets find true freedom - the freedom of love. Love which imposes the limits of respect towards the beloved. Love which makes sacrifices freely and joyfully, even though at times the joy is mingled with tears. Love whose goal is to make us truly free and happy beings. Love which is the destiny and the paradise of those who believe and love.

V. Rev. Ihor Kutash