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Our Gentile King - Palm Sunday 2021

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Now available at patristic nectar,Dodorg Batristic, nictur publications is pleased to present the superb seriesof seven lectures entitled the Hidden Man of the heart by the highly esteemedarchimandried Sacarias Sacado, the spiritual son of the late elderSophroni of Essex. His Grace Bishop Basil of Wichita and Mid Americaintroduces the series with these words in father, Zachorias's words and veryperson. We hear the mind of the church in ways that we usually do not hear itfor in father, Zacharias's teaching, we touch the seets, both elder Sophroniand Saint Cylomon. He presents a tapestry of Christian experience. Letus attend so that you two might be woven into that tapestry. We know assacred tradition for these and other available titles.Please visit our website and patristic nectur donord and now the arena withFather Jessiah Trena, the name of the father and of the sonand of the Holy Spirit Blessseid Palm Sunday to all of you,brothers and sisters, Shininy embodically, what a they and what a joy to be led in worship byour children. You know often in lent hoppen also in the Prodigal Sun weekend leading up to land. I asked youif you can find yourself in the Gospel text. This is a pious effort that the fathersencourage us to do to make. Whenever we listen to the Gospel to try to findourselves in the text. Where are we? Who Are we? How are we going to interact withChrist and that Gospel Text? Some Gospel texts are easier thanothers, but I want you to find yourself in the Gospel texts this weekendyesterday, the raising of Lazarus and to day the feast of Palms and oursaviours triumph an entry into Jerusalem. Where did you see yourself in that text? Maybe yesterday you found yourself a person of inquiry, all the people whoare coming to see Lazarus after he was raised. Maybe you were a person who stood by the morning,friends of Mary and Marthar, or maybe you found yourself in the inquisitiveness and the grief asking the questions in the face ofsuffering together with Lazarus's sisters. I found myself inside the tomb of Lazarus. Specifically, I found myself in thestinch because his sister said it's been fourdays and he smells when I heard that at thatout there I am. I found myself IALP myself in today's Gospel. What are you I think by the grace of the children?They've pulled us they're, trying to pull us to join thethrong of children, those that have run up the trees to cut the branches, thosethat are taking off their clothing, to make a red carpet in their clothes fortheir king, those that are singing wis, Hosana and literally shouting in praiseof God. I'd like to be there, that's what Iwhere I'd like to be in this Gospel.

The hemnity of the Church says, though,if you're a pagan like me. If you come from a pagan background,and you have become one of God's people by His grace, you should find yourselfin that full of Anass that Jesus sat upon the father say that that fullrepresents the untamed gentiles who were to be contained by the Gospel. Whowould hear the good news of Jesus's triumph ofor death and would embrace it climb into his fold than ask him to rule overthem? Maybe that's what we are, although Ithought to myself, I think I'm the fools mother, the donkey walking right next to thefoll, old and kind of Christ wasn't on her completely. Yet I want to be the young Dunty. I want tobe the full and have Jesus on me. What a day to day is brothers andsisters what a day to rejoice. You know we celebrate and we worship agentle king, a king who wasn't interested at all inworldly power. You know, there's an account in thegospel of John, just after Jesus has performed themiracle of the feeding of the five thousand. That was five thousand men by the way,dear ones, with women and children, maybe more like twenty five thousandpeople, people who are hard working people,people who had to work very hardjust to feed themselves, and they saw a manproduce from a few fish and loves of bread, food for twenty five thousandpeople. They came together and they began to converse with each other andthey said, let's enthrone him as king right now, and he heard this. He knewthat they were gathering together to make him king and the text in SaintJohn's Gospel, says the Lord knew this and he withdrew by himself. He wasn'tinterested in becoming some one's king, like that he wasn't interested inworldly power. was he a King? Make no mistake, make no mistake. He is a kinghe's the King of all kings and the Lord of all Lords, but his kingdom is not ofthis world when he stood before pilot. They mocked him. They put a purple robeon him and said Hay King of the juice they put a horrible crown of thorns on his head. He didn't deny that he was a king. He looked at pilot and he said mykingdom is not of this world. Kingship in this world is far too oftenassociated with horrible tyranny, not the ennobling of mankind, but thedesecration of mankind, not the bequeatal of freedom, but the imposition of tyranny. This is often what you get when youcombine power with sinners. This is why we Christians, aren'tinterested in power. We're not interested and our view ofauthority is Jesus's. We think that the way to exercisegreatness is by voluntary service. This is what we think is great, and wethink that only those should be put in authority who have resolved and provenby their character that they don't like authority, priests or bishops in the ChurchGovernors in the state fathers in the...

...home, who Love Power, hath no positionbeing there at all. They shouldn't be brief. They shouldn't be bishops, theyshouldn't be governors and they shouldn't be dad's. If they love power, Christians do notlove power, we're not interested in imposing ourselves on people ore makingpeople under US telling people what to do. Our Sater would have none of it. He would have none of it. Is His throne glorious the mostglorious of all? You want to see a picture of it open your book to the Lat,Your Bible, to the last book of the Bible, to the first chapter of theapocalypse or to the fourth chapter, where you see the throne of God, you see Christ on the throne, theinnumerable multitude surrounding him in worship in hymns and magnificentbeautiful heavenly life. He is a king, but he's not interested in worldlypower. We see that to day. You know. The kings of the Earth have made fools of themselves time andtime again think of the Great Roman emperors who started to deifythemselves. Oh Yeah, I'm not just a great king, I'm a God, Nero built a one hundred and twentyfoot statue of Apollo and then had the sculptor, takeApollo's head off and put his head on. Yes, this is what happens to men tosinners when they get power, even our great Orthodox Hirarchs, veryfew of them could keep their souls enpower very few. The great ones mostly became monks atthe end of their life, to show their quest for the Kingdom of God. You knowin the Bizantine court ritual in the tenth century, we have an account ofhow visitors would meet the emperor in Bezantium. When you would make a formalvisit to him. You would be brought by his servants into the Royal Hall and you would be aft to makeprostration after prostration and they had in the court ceremony certain statues of scary animals like aleopard at a certain place and a giraffe at another place, and you wouldmake your bows right where the animal sculture was and as you were, makingyour bolt remember: You're an ambassador or maybe a vassal king. Whenyou would make your bow, they would push a button and the sound of thatanimal would come out of the animal's mouth. Can you imagine you bow down infront of thet line and then all of you hear Igh incenses, going up you as you'regetting closer and closer to the imperial throne, and when you make yourlast bow before the emperor's throne, they push a button and they had ahydraulic system on the emperor's throne and it brought his throne uplike fifteen feet in the air and tilted him towards you, so that when youlooked at him, you had to go like that and becompletely in awe of his power ofhis authority. He was over you, you are nothing who are we kidding, I'm sorry that man up there goes to thebathroom the same way. You do he usees the same toilet, my friends,he can put ivory on there or something else, but he has the same horriblehuman experiences that we all do, what a joke, what a joke! There's one who'sworthy, there's one great king brothers and sisters...

...and, let's not forget it, let's notforget it. Let's be like our brothers and sisters who followed the children and ascribe all glory and power toChrist, the king of kings and enthroned him here in their lives. This is what we have to follow,especially we have to be like the early Christians who were living in such aoppressive antichristian environment, where the emperor thought he coulddictate, who you can worship and when does it sound familiar it should it should. You know the early Christians and theacts of the apostles were accused of sedition because they did not obey theauthority. When the authority was in conflict with God, they had no interest and they were accused of preaching andbelieving in quote another Caesar Jesus. Yes, that was a very accurate accusation. That's correct, we believe in anotherCaesar in the true King, he is the author of Civil Authority, but civilauthority that does not recognize him and that legislates in open rebellionto him will be destroyed and cannot be obeyed. Christians obeythe king of kings and unjust loss that are thrust upon us from the Times ofthe acts of the apostles. In today we have no interest in you know this week. This week I was shocked. I've beenshocked in this. What I would call year of horror, I've been shocked in this year beforenot just by the thing that we've all been shocked by, which is this, thisnasty virus, that's shocking enough, and I had it asmany of you did, and it was exteremely strange, exteremely strange, but that wasn't the greatest thingsthat shopked me the greatest things that shock me werethe fear mongering absolute total fearmondering associatedwith the virus, as though this was the bubonic plague. You know I made a sick visit once thisyear and when I was visiting the sick, rememberhow hard that was to do by the way. Literally we priests were banned fromvisiting the sick. Who can do that even if the sick wanted? Who Do you thinkyou are to tell a sick person and a priest that they cannot meet, that theyhave to die by themselves? What universe can that possiblyHappenin? I made a sick call this year and in thesick call the beloved that I was visiting said tome father. This is like the boubonicplague. I didn't say anything because it wasn'tthe time brothers and sisters, the bubonicplague killed. Fifty percent of Europe fit death rate. Fifty percent, forgiveme that this virus has been nasty, but there is absolutely no no comparison toa classic pandemic death dealing plague, and this I'msorry, none and to be to have taken the actionsthat we have seen impoved upon us. This shocked me the Shocke me you know.I read an La Times article this week. The La Times exposed that at the timethat our governor issued his lockdown...

...an action without historical precedent when he issued his lockdown, the Air Force Reserve base in Fresno, wherethere is an f fifteen c fighter jet was notified and that jet was asked tobe ready to be scrambled within two hours. In case Americans protested, thelockdown Californians protested, the lockdown on the streets. That is an absolutely shocking piece ofnews. A fighter jet designed for one purposeonly to shoot down enemy nations aircraft was put on readiness to do what w. What if we had protested,that's a different subject, but what if we had protested? What if we had comeout and said this is unconstitutional everything that the Supreme Court hastold him for five times? What, if we didn't wait for the Supreme Court andwe had protested, were we to expect an F Fifteen C to fly over us at lowaltitude? Is that what we were to expect? This is the implication of thearticle. This is the implication of the article.Can you imagine? I also read an amazing letter this week that someone sent to me fromBritain. It was the copy of a letter from trimeminister, Boris Johnson, who is in the same category as our governor withregards to lockdown tyranny, and this letter was a response to acoalition of churches called the avangelical alliance, three thousandfive hundred churches in Britain that were writing to him. To tell him. We'vebeen hearing very strange rumblings that that a threat against churches forgiving counseling Christian counseling under the umbrella of opposing, what'scalled gay conversion therapy. Nobody can really even say what that is. I'vebeen a priest for look at me, I'm in the middle of my S. I've never seenanything called gay conversion therapy unless you mean lovingly sitting with someone andtalking through their spiritual challenges and praying for them to try to followthe commandments of God. If that's gay conversion therapy, then sobe itthere's not that's never going to change. He wrote a letter to these churches,the three thousand, and he said it's, not the intention of the government. It's not the intention at this at thegovernment to forbid prayer for people like that. No, no! We're not going todo that. What you're letting US know that at thistime it's not the intention of the government to forbid prayer who do we think we are when we get power? What a nightmare brothers and sisters,what an absolute nightmare there is one woo can handle power, one who has power greater than anypower known on earth. A power that makes men and womenbeautiful the power of the King of Kings is theGospel. It comes forth from heaven as a healing bomb from man's everyweakness and and sickness. It's his strength. All the rulers of the earth soon willbe dust. Everyone who loves power soon...

...will have none. I promise you it's allgoing away and only one is going to rule forever and ever and ever and he'sthe one that we love he's the one whose kinship we voluntarily embrace today inimitation of the children, he's the reason that we Seeng Hosanna,because we've seen one finally who can exercise power without making us afraidwho can exercise power without stealing our freedom, whose power is completelyshackle to his goodness and therefore produces in our lives things like joy and peace and righteousness. Forgive me, brothers and sisters, anyother alternative power. We try to show respect, but if any of those subhuman fallenauthorities dare to get between us and the king of kings,we should have none of it. None of it. We should just say was that a just like all of those great RussianBabbushkas told the Soviets when they were trying to banish God from theEarth just a hundred years ago, and they would go from little village tovillage and they would get all the village leaders together and they wouldgive them a lecture. All you people are this in this. Justlike our elites are telling us today, Ahl your bigots and your racists andyou're. This judgment out the WAZOO, like we've, never seen before thoseBabuskas heard them say I there is, No God stop your funny religion and thenthey also would end by saying- and if you do we're going to punish you right,do you understand and all the Babushki would look at him and say: Christ isrisen. Christ is reason that was theirresponse to these godless authorities, and thatis exactly what our should be as well. I want to end my homily on worshipping our gentle king with abeautiful exercise. You know in a few minutes when weprocess with the children, the children will come up and they will attempt toblow off that incredible. Fifty five foot high dome by the sound of their Hozanna they're very good at this. We need a chance to do this too. Sowhat I have here is a marvellous homily. It's a homilly on this feast palmSunday by one of the greatest saints of the Church, Sant photeus, the great thepatriarch of Constantinople. This is ninth century at the end of his homily.He praises the Lord as our King and hementions all the reasons we say Hosanna. So I'm going to read his hosannas. I think there's aboutseven of them and just like I do with the children.When I say Hosanna, I want you immediately to say, Hosanna and thenI'l I'll read the sentence that why he's saying we're saying LOSANNA: okay, I'm not very confident that you'regoing to be good as the children- I'm not very confident, but we're goingto try. Remember I say it and then you say Josanna I Bollo and repentance. You are much better than I thought is he that comes to spread out his armson the cross and to gather the gentiles to Himself Hosanna? Is He to him that comes to make hell aprisoner to release Adam from his bonds...

...and to raise him from his fall Hosanna to him? Who Comes to destroy the powerof tyranny and to bestow liberty on them that aresore distressed Hosanna to him, who comes to empty out thestorehouses of Hell and to fill the heavenly mansions with the throng ofthe saved Hosanna to him, who comes to offer himself as asacrifice, for our Sake, to expiate all our sins and to reconcile us with theFather Hosanna to him? Who Comes to suppress death, toinaugurate our resurrection, to free us from slavery and to bestow upon us theadoption of children of God less it sees to all of your brothersand sisters. We hope that you have enjoyed and havebeen edified by this presentation offered to you by Patristic Nectar,Publications, a nonprofit organization committed to nourishing the spirituallythirsty with the sweet teachings of the Holy Fathers. If you are interested in otheravailable titles or if you would like more information on patristic nectarpublications, please visit our website at www, dot, patristic nectar, dotorg.Again, that's www dot, patristic nectar, Goor.

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