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Celebrating Apostle Philip in the Holy Metropolis of Corfu

On the feast of the Apostle Philip and on the eve of Christmas Lent, His Eminence the Metropolitan of Corfu, Paxos & the Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios, visited northern Corfu and officiated at the parish of Agios Georgios Karousades. His presence there was also aimed at the placement of the new pastor of the village, Fr. Athanasios Afentoulidis. The presence of the faithful was great, observing all the health protocols of the state. Also present were the village authorities and the hierarchical commissioner of northern Corfu, Elder Spyridon Provatas.

During his speech, His Holiness referred to the evangelical passage of the good Samaritan. After analyzing the cut, he focused on the meaning of true love for the neighbor. Of course, true love for God precedes it, which is no different from true love for neighbor. Our Lord impersonating the good Samaritan that I am talking about the relations of the Samaritans after the Jews were hostile. His Eminence analyzed that in the paternal secretariat there are three classes of people. The first class is the slaves who work for fear of forced labor. The second class is the employees who work to receive their salary and the third class is the freelancers who work out of love and freedom for the work assigned to them. In our case, then, those who feel that they are servants of God work spiritually for fear of this relationship.

The second are those who work to receive their wages in the life of eternity and the third are the free people who work for the freedom and love that God has given them. They are not bound by any commitment that comes from worldly life and the bond with sin and the present, but free from sin they work true love for both their neighbor and God. This concept of love our Lord wanted to inspire the lawyer of the parable who ironically asked him. And we today are called to identify with the meaning of the parable that the Lord spoke and has a timeless significance.

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