Pemptousia and OCN have entered a strategic partnership to bring Orthodoxy Worldwide. Greek philosophers from Ionia considered held that there were four elements or essences (ousies) in nature: earth, water, fire and air. Aristotle added ether to this foursome, which would make it the fifth (pempto) essence, pemptousia, or quintessence. The incarnation of God the Word found fertile ground in man’s proclivity to beauty, to goodness, to truth and to the eternal. Orthodoxy has not functioned as some religion or sect. It was not the movement of the human spirit towards God but the revelation of the true God, Jesus Christ, to man. A basic precept of Orthodoxy is that of the person – the personhood of God and of man. Orthodoxy is not a religious philosophy or way of thinking but revelation and life standing on the foundations of divine experience; it is the transcendence of the created and the intimacy of the Uncreated. Orthodox theology is drawn to genuine beauty; it is the theology of the One “fairer than the sons of men”. So in "Pemptousia", we just want to declare this "fifth essence", the divine beaut in our life. Please note, not all Pemptousia articles have bylines. If the author is known, he or she is listed in the article above.
† Dionysios, Metropolitan of Servia and Kozani
He Himself said: “The Father gave all judgement to the Son”. The same Son Who came to save the world will judge it. And He’ll judge it lightly, so that most will be saved, because God wishes the world to be saved. The only people who won’t be saved will be those who don’t want to be, who won’t be taught and who will not see the signs pointing to belief in Christ. What they say now, they’ll say then: “Lord, when did we see you?”. When and where did we see Christ?
This is where the Gospel reading about Christ’s second coming takes on an incomparable profundity and the greatest social significance. Not fine words and theories, just small, everyday things. Not any great sacrifices and spectacular actions, but bread for the hungry, clothing for those without, a cup of water for the thirsty. The least that each person can give, not the most that a few can and should. When we condemn social injustice and inequality- and we’re not wrong to do so- we forget that a portion of the blame falls on everyone. And it’s the case that people who only shout about these things aren’t always the poorest or most unfairly treated. But that’s natural when the social message doesn’t begin with belief in God or as the implementation of God’s commandment concerning justice and love. Then it’s lost in a vague and theoretical message, external to persons and things, which is how life is. And, again, it’s natural, if we don’t believe in God or in other people. People then become, not our siblings or those of Christ, who are in pain, but the theoretical teaching of some social system in which we believe.
The only truth is that death awaits us and after that the judgement. Come what may, we have to give an account of our lives. We’ve learnt to regard natural laws as inviolable, but even more inviolable and incontrovertible are the moral laws, because nothing happens by chance. We can’t seriously adopt the materialist stand of gaudeamus igitur: “Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die”. At some point we’ll find our life before us and God will judge our actions “through Jesus Christ”. And if Christ judges us as God, none of us will be saved. But He’ll judge us as God and as a human person, within the human perspective. And He’ll ask if we had love. Saint Paul writes that love “covers a multitude of sins”. Love isn’t a mere word or theoretical message, but is, each and every time, a particular action towards our fellow human beings and neighbours, who are our siblings “in the name of Jesus Christ”. Not faceless people or humanity, but our neighbours, personally, and our brothers and sisters. Let us therefore have love, let us believe in God, Who for love of us became human, to save people one by one. So that we can hear Him say to us: “Come you who are blessed…”. Amen.
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OCN has partnered with Pemptousia. A Contemporary post-modern man does not understand what man is. Through its presence in the internet world, Pemptousia, with its spirit of respect for beauty that characterizes it, wishes to contribute to the presentation of a better meaning of life for man, to the search for the ontological dimension of man, and to the awareness of the unfathomable mystery of man who is always in Christ in the process of becoming, of man who is in the image of divine beauty. And the beauty of man springs from the beauty of the Triune God. In the end, “beauty will save the world”.