The Theotokos – the Birthgiver of Christ – sustains our life. Her life speaks of the fruits of prayer. How can we really pray? We don't really know how until we are pushed to a point where nobody else can help us. Then we turn to God.
The Mother of God’s parents, Joachim and Anna, were pious people who endured gossip and slander – their childlessness was seen as an absence of God’s blessings. Nothing could be more beneficial for us than dishonour! It is the only thing that can cure us of vainglory and does miracles for our soul. Sure, we will be indignant, but if we endure slander with patience as did Joachim and Anna, we will surely grow.
It is only in humility that we are opened up to the grace of God. When we are self-righteous with our fists up, we can’t communicate with God, nor our neighbours.
Sermons given by our parish priests, recorded by Jonathan Page.