“Christ stands outside the door of our hearts and knocks to open for Him to enter,” said Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus in his homily.
He added, “If we remain in communion with Christ, we will not be alone anymore. We will be able to unite with the whole world, with the whole creation. We will be able to unite with ourselves and to collect our broken pieces. This will be our greatest triumph. One who finds Christ has a meaningful life. We can only find encouragement in Christ. We have to call on Him and remain in communion with Him for the rest of our lives.”
The Archbishop of Cyprus addressed the faithful, who participated in the Divine Liturgy, inside and on the forecourt of the Church of the Nativity of Christ in Tala, Paphos. He referred to the Gospel passage of the day and spoke of the paralytic’s complaint: “Lord, I have no man.”
“The complaint of the paralytic was bitter: ‘Lord, I have been paralysed for thirty-eight years. I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool. There are people to step in first and healed, whereas I remain paralysed. I ask for help, but no one listens to me, no one pays attention to me. My voice is not heard and my efforts are fruitless’,” he said.
“We all have a man, the Man,” said the Archbishop. “The Word of God made flesh, was crucified and resurrected. He is our Man. We must not remain idle when our fellow human beings are suffering. On the one hand, we are saddened by the difficulties of life and the adversities. But, on the other hand, if we have in mind that we have the Man on our side, that is Christ Himself, then we will be able to overcome the difficulties. There is no sadness, no disappointment, no complaint in the life of a Christian,” he concluded.