We should see Christ in our neighbour. In the parable of the Last Judgment, Jesus says the same to those who will be saved and to those who will be condemned with only a slight difference: “…whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine” or “whatever you did not do”. And then He says: “you did for Me” or “you did not do for Me”. Jesus is in my neighbour, especially in my brother – he is baptized, has received Christ, wants to follow Him with a sincere heart, and even wants to sacrifice his life for His sake, and yet there is a barrier – spiritual prison. My brother does not see Christ in himself and neither do I, and what is more, I do not see Christ in me either, so there is double blindness – the two of us do not see.
We strive to fight against sin and repent, so Christ abides in us through faith. But where and how does He abide in us? He is not on the throne of our heart to reign. There is our ego there. He is like a beggar somewhere in the corner and not only that. He is literally in prison. Our ego, our sin keeps Him in prison so that He cannot live in us. He is in prison and we have not come to Him. When did I realize at least once that Jesus is in me?
“And behold, a leper came and worshipped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing,
You can make me clean.” Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying,
“I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.”
This event happened after Jesus finished His Sermon on the Mount of Beatitudes, where He presented simple life principles leading to eternal life. To lead us to the essence, Jesus completes here what Moses had not expressed explicitly in the Law of God. Referring to the commandment “You shall not kill!”, Jesus points out the root and says that we cannot even nourish hatred in our heart. Referring to the commandment “You shall not commit adultery!”, Jesus warns that even a lustful look is a manifestation of adultery. Concerning forgiveness, He emphasizes: “God will not forgive you if you do not forgive your neighbour” etc. At the end of the Sermon on the Mount Jesus speaks about an extremely important principle, which He explains in the parable of two builders. One of them built a house quickly but without foundations. The other built the foundation on the rock. When a storm came, it turned out that only a house built on the rock of Christ’s teaching shall stand. However, to build on the rock it is not enough to be theologically educated, even if this theology is truly Catholic. An academic Christian will not stand; one must be a practising Christian who not only hears the word of God (not modern heresies) but also puts it into practice.
16 September 2016
Government representatives of the Visegrad Four
Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland
The EU in its beginnings emerged as the European Economic Community (EEC), based on the principle of economic cooperation. But soon it was transformed into a community of a politico-ideological nature which without a single shot deprived 27 states of independence, autonomy and freedom. These States are no longer free to determine their internal and foreign policy but under the threat of sanctions must follow the ideological line dictated by the European Commission. The Lisbon Treaty was and is a fraud and a crime against citizens of 27 states. During the negotiations about the Lisbon Treaty, the Parliaments of the individual States were presented an unreadable several hundred page document which referred to another thousand pages. Members of Parliaments did not even know what they signed and what the claims were arising from the Treaty in relation to their citizens. Today, however, after several years of the EU’s existence under the Lisbon Treaty, we see the fruit thereof.
The EU has been transformed into a totalitarian monster which assumes the right to dictate the political, economic, ideological and even religious direction of individual EU states. EU leadership bullies and discriminates against individual states in terms of their legal, cultural, constitutional and religious tradition.
Question: What does my old self see? It does not see Christ in myself or in my neighbour or brother. It does not see and does not want to see my mistakes because the old self hates the truth and humiliation. Therefore it is necessary to practise humiliation and it need not even be artificial, I just need to stop and admit the truth. And it hurts. Besides, the old self refuses to admit that the gifts are from the Lord but adopts them as its own and seeks its own glory rather than the glory of God. So it is a theft. It is unwillingness to admit the reality, the truth.
What does the old self see in my neighbour? It sees someone else’s gifts from the perspective of envy, jealousy and a kind of competitiveness, and it does not even want to admit that my neighbour does have these gifts. It puts the speck in my brother’s eye under the microscope.
The first step in evangelization is to receive Jesus as one’s Saviour and Lord, to receive the Mother of God and the Holy Spirit, and to renounce heresies and the occult. But then there is the second stage. The second stage of mission, which is vital, is to build a true Church – the true Body of Christ – rather than a mere institution. The Church is the true Body of Christ, and the necessary condition is unity. The present-day Church, unfortunately, is like a rotten stinking corpse for the time being; it is not the light to the world but darkness. If we have sorrow and grief in our hearts over the Church, God will show us the key to the deepest mission.
“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them,
I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:
and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house;
and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.”
In the preceding verses, Jesus points out the essence – doing the will of God: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” If we seek first the will of God in our life and if we also try to do it, it is true about us that we are like a wise man who built his house on the rock. Sooner or later the winds blow, the rain descends and the floods come, but if our house is founded on the rock, it will not fall. The problem why we try to build a house on the sand many times is that we easily believe in what seems good to us, evokes our interest, offers advantage and makes the impression that right this attractive option is the ideal solution in our decision-making. Once we cling to this vision and try to achieve our dream, we are no longer willing to seek the will of God because we avoid the thought that we should abandon our house on the sand. It seems so hard, disadvantageous and often even repulsive to us to start building on the rock, and so under the pressure of the false good we throw away the true good, or we make ourselves believe that this false good is the will of God.