His Way (Sermon of St.Metr.Philaret)
- HIS WAY
Generally speaking imagine to yourself that three men
are travelling along a road, the correct road. They
go along and one makes a wrong step and goes off into
a swamp; two of the men proceed correctly. Then a
second man veers off to the right and begins to
proceed incorrectly . Now the third man proceeds
alone. Voices ring out,"Why are you seperated? You
must reconcile." How shall this be done? The one who
remained on the correct path on which all the three
had at first been travelling, ought he to turn off
somewhere or not? Who should turn back? The ones who
went astray, correct? So it is here.
You yourselves know that our Church Abroad never
split herself off from anyone, and has never swerved.
She travels the same road as when she was founded by
His Beatitude Metropoltan Anthony. Those who have
deviated- let them return.
Bishop Nektary always says very insistently: " I
don't recognize the subject of three jurisdictions.
There is only one jurisdiction-- the Church Abroad"
The Church in Russia, whatever she may be there-- the
Moscow Soviet hierarchy and the Catacomb Church--
that is another matter. At the present time we have no
direct ties with them-- but here there is the one
Russian Church Abroad and groups that have split off
from her. The must think of returning, rather than our
Church thinking of going over to them, and having
swerved off the correct path, also allow ourselves to
be pulled into the swamp. If people now argue so much
about the subject of jurisdictions, it is, again, only
for the reason that Truth is not dear enough to them.
For the sake of some kind of external peace and
reconciliation such persons are prepared to accuse us
of not wanting to be reconciled, of harboring bad
feelings toward those in error. People do not want to
learn the Truth because they are essentialy
indifferent to it. They want only external peace,
like the peace about the communists shout so much;
about peace for the whole world, in order to cast
together in one heap principles which are totally
irreconcilable and which cannot be reconciled. It is
like trying to lump hot coals together with firewood.
Will the lie quietly together? It is clear that a fire
will flare up. So it is here. This artificial,
external peace will never be achieved. The Lord spoke
about the very thing through the Prophet: There is no
peace, saith my God, to the wicked Is. 57: 21 - and
there will NOT be any!
(Taken from Orthodox Life page 47-48 No 6 1999)
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