Some say She is devastated by the state of our world and how each one of us, by our constant sinning, crucifies Her Son, our Lord, over and over as brutally as the first time which causes her to lament unceasingly! Some say She is sternly warning us to get our priorities straight, like any loving mother should, before it is too late. Is She drawing us near to say that we will certainly feel the consequence of all actions good and bad? Maybe She has bestowed a blessing on us. Could She be healing the sick, trying to bring others to Orthodoxy, or is She trying to unite our Orthodox churches for the love of Christ. These are only a few judgments chipping away at the tip of an iceberg of questions. The Very Reverend Protopresbyter Father Kenneth, the priest at St. Nicholas Church, addresses each inquiry with a very clear answer, [paraphrasing] ‘This gift will be very specific to each individual who humbles themselves to come to Her.’ This is a perfect fit answer. Each will benefit from Her in his/her own way. Is it ok to be curious about a weeping icon? Yes, of course but it is better to have faith!
Faith is the key that opens the door to eternal life; though having a tangible miracle, such as the weeping icon, happen before my eyes was literally breathe taking! The awe of Her struck me to my knees in the lowest bow possible during Divine Liturgy. Faith and this miracle should make all of us sell everything we have and follow Christ! I don’t make light of our daily miracles. We are all blessed everyday with God’s works! Every Liturgy and on Feast days we partake of the Eucharist which is a miracle too. So many wonders gifted to us and what do we do with them? Are we going to choose to see the miracles and live in a Christ like manner or simply walk away justified by our will?
Will we allow the evil one to convince us that we know enough about our Orthodox faith and there is no reason to learn more? The devil convincingly chats with us saying, ‘Why read about the saints? They are all the same anyway. Don’t go to Vespers it’s really not that important besides this is your only day to take a break! And certainly don’t bother to visit a weeping icon because it’s only a painting!’We must beware of our thoughts. We can’t allow ourselves to concentrate on any thoughts other than those of Christ, His most sweet Mother, and eternal life. Being judgmental, jealous, prideful, and especially content are all crowns of the evil one. Do not accept the devil’s whispers that there is always tomorrow!
Before you try to analyze God’s works especially with a Miro bearing icon never forget that with God all things are possible. And with this truth don’t expect to completely understand God’s wonders either. Our minds simply can’t bear all that God has to offer us—at least not as we stand today!
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