HOMILY
06 February, 2014
HOMILY
I love reading into the sermons of His Holiness . . . and not only reading – I usually listen in considerately and digest them meticulously. The sermons of his Beatitude are like a high-morality text-book reading matter, the modern Bible of itself, written and voiced with caring deliberation for the people of Georgia of various confessions and denominations. Speaking of those superb homilies, I cannot help mentioning that my breath was taken by the last Sunday sermon, delivered with
strong sense of truth and civil determination. This excerpt – We love being liberated, we lack restraint, and we entertain excess in enjoyment, delight and grief – has impressed me to death.
It is so true and so timely to have been uttered, especially by the most trusted man in the Nation. If we need to be reminded of any downside of our national life-style and character, it is exactly this. Thank you Your Holiness! Somebody should have emphasized that long time ago, and it is very encouraging that the utterance has come from our undisputed spiritual leader. The truth buried in the sermon is irrefutable and nobody should even make an attempt to defy it, no matter how nettling it feels and sounds to all of us. The Patriarch also told the congregation that our people are alienated from labor as such, underscoring that we all need to give a better thought to work, and reconsider our attitude towards it because the way we relate to labor means a lot. As wise as He truly is, the Catholicos requested his parish to submit the written papers about their attitude towards labor as such, based on the Theory of Attitude by the eminent Georgian psychologist Dimitri Uznadze. Nobody reacted to His proposal, and his Holiness ascribed the unfortunate fact of indolence and despondency to our people’s estrangement from labor as part of our life. As He noted, labor needs our good thoughts and deliberation, emphasizing the importance of our attitude to the phenomenon of labor. Reading the text of the sermon, I thought it was me who was trying to drive the point home. Those are my thoughts. Literally! I have been thinking to start screaming about them, but never got a chance. His Holiness said that this Nation has to learn how to go to bed early and get up early. Indeed! We are usually up and about so late that we will never catch up with the global process of generating quality of life. Only a very limited number of people are making serious money in this country. Most of us are peanut makers. We have never thought of putting to life the wisdom like Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. The Patriarch is saying that our people do not know how to appreciate time and how to connect time with labor. Again, very true! He made a wish that God help the Georgian Nation to be reasonable, wise and analytically thinking. One may think that the sermon is written in slightly secular manner and spirit for a religious leader of the Land. Not true! Who if not the Patriarch of all Georgia will call on His multi-million parish in his bright and spiritually elevated homilies to make corrections in their life and character? Who if not His Beatitude should beautify the thoughts and attitudes of the Nation? Who if  not our Patriarch must remind our people that we need to be better in many, many ways, including our ability to start doing what we need to do and to bring it to a relevant result. This means that the Patriarch is prompting the Nation to be oriented on bottom-line. Focusing on final result is significant – He knows it well and he is sharing this indispensable precept with his people. We better listen to the voice of wisdom! What has delighted me most is that the Catholicos Patriarch of all Georgia has also sounded quite optimistic in terms of our having a chance to improve, to become better and to channel our doings in a healthier way. Notably, He said that the improvement should start from Him and then, from them, the parish, the people. Modesty is indeed the best policy, isn’t it? Here, I will have to make my own observation about our national character. Modesty is the feature which is not particularly bothering us. To put it figuratively, death from modesty is not threatening us at all. There is a lot to complain about in our lives, and I don’t think that the life in this Land will improve drastically any time soon. There must be reasons for our lack of ability to achieve the overall success as a Nation. That we are suffering so many disadvantages, drawbacks and weaknesses is a kind of truth which may not be subjected to any further controversy. This is just an egregious fact! Why is it so? Could it be possible that the Patriarch’s description of our people, and plenty of other perceptible characteristics that are quite obvious to an unequipped eye, are in our way to develop more accelerando?  Excuse me, but that’s exactly what I am thinking of us the Georgians. Sorry about that, OK?
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