St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral, Ottawa

Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

Sunday of the Man Born Blind

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Sermon for the Sunday of the Man Born Blind

6th Sunday of Pascha, 2017

Very Rev. Fr. Ghattas Hajal

“Who sinned this man or his parents that he was born blind?  It was not that this man sinned or his parents, but the works of God might be manifest in him”

The Church Fathers rejected the idea common among ancient peoples that children are normally responsible and even sometimes punished by God for the sins of their parents. Following the teaching of Jesus, St. John the golden mouth denied the universal validity of what was said in the Old Testament. Exodus 20:5

“I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the sins of the fathers on the children to the 3rd and 4th generations of those who hate me.”

For God himself cancelled this principle through the words of prophet, Ezekiel “As I live, says the Lord, this proverb shall no more be used by you. The Fathers have eaten sour grapes and the children teeth are set on edge.”

The son shall not bear the wrong doings of his father, nor shall the father bear the wrong doings of his son. The righteousness of a righteous man shall be upon himself, and the lawlessness of a lawless man shall be upon himself. In Psalm 103: As far as the east from the west, so far does God remove our transgressions from us.

“God does not deal with us according to our sins, nor reward us according to our iniquities. For according to the height of heaven from earth, so the Lord reigns in mercy over those who fear him.”

God is a loving God. God is always for us, never against us. God says in Jeremiah. “I have graven thee on the palms of My hands.”

“Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will uphold you with My victorious hand.”

At the fullness of time “God so loved His world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”

The Lord Himself stretched His hands on the Cross to forgive us our sins and said to each one of us. “This is how much I love you.” “I came that you may have life, and have it abundantly.” We, the Christian, who believe in Him, and trust His fatherly love, pray that His works will be manifested and His Name will be glorified in us.

Amen

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