Can I Get A Witness

Can I Get A Witness?

On July 26th I served Divine Liturgy as we commemorated Saint Paraskevi, a great saint and martyr. That same day, Father Jacques Hamel a Roman Catholic priest in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, France served but for different reasons. However he was brutally murdered for. Now he a great martyr like Paraskevi. The word “Paraskevi” literally means preparation. We need to be prepared at all time, and we prepare by fasting, prayer, selflessness and being like Christ.
The word martyr does not necessarily mean someone who dies for their faith, but it means to be witness to the faith. There has been a deposit entrusted to each and every one of us for what you are accountable to witness. We can be entrusted with children and families, friends, neighbors, co-workers and employees.
Those who and those who may not know your religion. Those people who may not know your religion but know because of the love you have shown them. That when the word Christian is attached to your name they are not surprised.
Our greatest obstacle is the illusion of tomorrow. The illusion that there will always be more time. But this is the time, this is the moment where our deposit entrusted into our care is demanded from our hands and is required for us by Almighty God.
If by God’s great mercy after this moment passes we should get another moment, do it again. But make no mistake my brothers and sisters be prepared because like our good friend Father Jacques, there may come a moment where we have to make this one count.
How you witness to the deposit of the lives entrusted to you by the hand of our all mighty all loving God and whether that witness stands or falls depends on your preparation.
Original Sermon Recorded: August 7, 2016

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