Homily by Fr. Yuriy Tychenok on the Fourth Sunday of the Great Lent

March 9, 2024

The time of Great Lent should be a time to purify our own souls so that, with a bright light in our own hearts, we dispel the darkness of evil, preaching the glad tidings of the Resurrection.

Homily by Fr. Yuriy Tychenok on the Fourth Sunday of the Great Lent

Dear brothers and sisters!

I recently read an interesting story about a university professor who was debating with his students about the creation of the world and why God created evil.

One student raised his hand and said,

— May I ask you something? Tell me, please, professor, what is cold?

— What a question! Have you never been cold?

— Of course, said the student. However, a temperature of 0 degrees is a complete absence of heat. Just as darkness is simply the absence of light, It is enough for one ray of light to penetrate the darkness, and immediately the darkness disappears.

Evil is the absence of God, the absence of goodness, peace, love, faith in something good, hope for salvation, joy… Life without God is life in darkness. Humanity was in such darkness until the coming of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, to this world. People in those days lived in fear of death and the devil. They considered death as the end of their existence and the evil spirit as a force that could not be overcome. Jesus Christ came to this world and enlightened human hearts. He explained to people that there is life after death and showed that the devil can be defeated. Moreover, Christ told us that we can reach the lost paradise only with strong faith, and we can drive away the devil with prayer and fasting. Unfortunately, not all people trust God’s Word and continue to live in darkness. And such dark hearts are an ideal place for an evil spirit whose goal is to destroy as many people as possible.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus Christ not only teaches us how we can drive away the evil spirit but also encourages us all to be His brave warriors. He wants us to fight against evil and illuminate this world with God’s Word. It is best to start this struggle with your own heart, purifying it through prayer and fasting. This very time — the time of Great Lent — should be a time to purify our own souls, so that with a bright light in our own hearts we dispel the darkness of evil, preaching the glad tidings of the Resurrection.

Amen!

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