Bishop Maximos of Melitene officiated at the Divine Liturgy in the Georgian Orthodox Parish Eparchy of Saint Nino at Paris on the Sunday of the Blind Man.
In his homily, the Bishop spoke of “our spiritual blindness, similar to that of the Pharisees from the evangelical pericope, who rejected the miracle and chased out anyone from the synagogue who dared to confess their faith to Jesus.”
“Spiritual blindness and impenitence, dear Christians, prevent us from contemplating Jesus and experiencing the miracle in our daily lives. This way of life is often compounded with selfishness and arrogance, and immediately rejects anything that is outside our remit or flatters our brother. The Pharisees did not condemn Jesus who did not observe the Sabbath holiday?
Dear Christians, Jesus is the light of the world. He is the One who will keep our spiritual eyes of our hearts open to see our soul as it truly is.
Let us not make that same mistake. We should not consider ourselves to be experts and irreplaceable, in whatever field we work for. We should not claim that we have the absolute truth, and we are better Christians than our brother.
Let us be humble and welcome the call of Christ that is the call of the neighbor for love, support and communion.”