Protopresbyter Georgios Dorbarakis
‘Keep saying in your heart “Christ is love”. In this way, you’ll love everyone else, all other people, sacrificing what you hold precious, even your very life, for the sake of this love’. (Saint John Kronstadtskij, My life in Christ).
There are three premises which form the base on which the great modern Russian saint, Saint John from Kronstadt (1829-1908), rests the argument above.
The first is that Christ is God, who is love, as Saint John the Theologian uniquely points out: ‘God is love’ (1. Jn. 4, 8). God is love, Christ, as the second person of the Holy Trinity, is love and therefore all his words and actions reflect his love.
The second is that we people are also called on to love, in accordance with the model of Christ, our creator, because he made us in his ‘image and likeness’. We must be like Christ, God incarnate, is if we want to believe in him and have a relationship with him. ‘Remain in my love. If you keep my…