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4th Sunday of the Pentecost May 10, 2015
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الأحد الرابع من الخماسين 10 مايو 2015
“I have come as a light into the world, ”
(Jn 12: 46)
Gospel Liturgy: John 12: 35-50
By Deacon Girgis Girgis
During the Holy Fifty Days, we celebrate the victory of the light over the power of darkness. The Lord told the chief priests, captains of the temple, and the elders before His betrayal in Gethsemane: “But this is your hour and the power of darkness” (Lk 22: 53). Christ is the true light. He is the light of men )Jn 1: 3-5(. "Life was in Him, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overtake it" )Jn 1: 4, 5). Christ is the true light (Jn 1: 9), and light of Gentiles (Lk 2: 32). "Behold, I have set You for a light of the Gentiles, that You should be for a salvation to the end of the earth" (Is 49: 6). Then Christ says to His disciples, "You are the light of the world" (Mt 5: 14), and "Let your light so shine before men" (Mt 5: 16). Thus we see the Church, the bride, to present an analogy to the moon and stars. As the moon and the stars have no light on themselves, but they reflect the light of the sun, so the Church and the disciples reflect the light of Christ, the true sun, so that they are able to illuminate those who have no command of any spring of light in themselves. "Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness come upon you" (Jn 12: 35).
Jesus explained why men are condemned saying "And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved." (Jn 3: 19, 20). Why did Jesus say men reject the light? He says it is because their deeds are evil and they reject the light because it exposes and reproves them of their sins. Note how Jesus stated plainly that this is the reason that men are condemned.
"But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned" (1 Cor 2: 14). God will not let the lost man see more the truth of the Gospel because he does not have a spiritual nature nor he has the ability to understand.