In the climate of anti-Christian frenzy that we are experiencing on the occasion of the pandemic, we can see even more clearly the paradox that we have been seeing happening for years.
People completely indifferent to Christian life, unlearned as to the truths of the Faith and sometimes hostile to the Christian spirit, can these days when anti-church rhetoric has its honesty and the “washing” of concern about the disease become overt prosecutors of the Church.
It is true that in earlier times, people did not have much theological knowledge. But they knew the basics: the mysteries, the fasting, the prosforo, every Sunday and celebration Divine Litourgy in the church. Today, with the storm of information that surrounds us, we should all ask to know more about our faith. And yet, we have also forgotten what the elders knew, who we imagine only as illiterate and good.
There has never been such a wide-angled and scientifically educated large number of people complaining about the priests and the “spoon” of the Holy Communion. After so much effort on the part of the Church and the few faithful public figures to explain the Church’s two-thousand-year experience that the Holy Communion is the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, it is our Lord Jesus Christ himself and that this is a great Mystery, to ignorant and noisy commentators, one thinks it is a waste of effort.
All our fellow men in this sad situation have not completely lost faith. Let’s not accuse them of being atheists. They have kept a partical of hope in God, just enough to hold a counterweight to the fear of death. Besides death, they’re afraid of the world. What people are going to say about us? They forget the “fear” of God – Principle of wisdom fear of the Lord – (Psalm 110,10). They forget God’s fear because they don’t want to lose acceptance from the world. So their faith shrank in fear of the end, fear of the thick darkness that will prevail when the temporary lights of this life are extinguished.
But we Christians know the beyond, we know God and real eternal life, that it is not a fantasy that exists, but a real event, of which eternal life a little experience we receive in this temporary life.
Our Lord and Our God Jesus Christ came to this world in human flesh, out of love for all of us and for each of us personally, and freed from the shackles of this world, decay and death.
But we have not mentioned all this, either by placing some accusation on our fellow human beings or by disposing of some of our Christian superiority, but with humiliation because we have learned very well that by the end of our lives the Lord is waiting for us to repent, to return to the arms of our mother Church in order to “enjoy” the undying eternal goods “an eye has seen and heard them, and on heart the Lord has gone up to love Him.” Corinthians I (b’9).