The call to live with a kind and helpful disposition towards others

St. Martin of Tours

A Sermon by Fr. Hector Firoglanis of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Lancaster, PA: 

Kindness as a Reflection of God’s Love

Some Excerpts:

“[Kindness (Greek – χρηστότης)]  is one of the virtues St. Paul mentions in his letter to the Galatians when he speaks of the fruit of the Holy Spirit: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. 

Χρηστότης is translated as “kindness” in most English translations of the Bible, which is not a wrong translation, but a more precise translation for χρηστότης is a person who is useful or helpful.….

Of course, there are countless numbers of people in the world today who continue to suffer with disabilities, loneliness, hunger, and a host of other problems.”

An example: St. Martin of Tours, on one cold winter’s day when he was a young soldier, met a naked, half-frozen beggar; he had no money, but cut his cloak in two and gave the beggar one of the halves. Read more about this Saint story by right clicking on the cross behind his name listed at end of this post. 

St. Isaac the Syrian is quoted in the sermon:

“The ‘merciful heart’ in a human person is therefore the image and likeness of God’s mercy, which embraces the whole of creation – people, animals, reptiles, and demons. In God, there is no hatred towards anyone, but all-embracing love which does not distinguish between righteous and sinner, between a friend of truth and an enemy of truth, between angel and demon. Every created being is precious in God’s eyes.”

The sermon is based on the Gospel Reading for Thursday, November 12, 2015, the Gospel of Matthew 5:14-19:

The Lord said to his disciples, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

November 12 is also the Feast Day for John the Merciful, Patriarch of Alexandria Nilus the Ascetic of Sinai Saint Martin, Bishop of Tours  To access their stories, right click on the cross behind their names. Read about their kind acts. 

Icon from One True Faith: St. Martin of Tours 
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