Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Archpastoral Letter from His Eminence, DMITRI, Archbishop of Dallas and the South

Nativity Fast 2006: In His love for man God chooses the method, time and place for revealing His will. This is true for each of us personally, having ‘eyes to see and ears to hear.’ This has been the case with regard to the life and history of the Church. It is true with regard overall to our Lord’s saving dispensation. St. Paul, in his epistle to the Romans, reminds us that from the beginning God made Himself known through creation itself (1:19-20). In days of old, within the specific context of His plan of salvation, God spoke to Moses as to a friend and conferred the Law upon him. In addition the inspired prophets declared God’s will to the Israelites. All of these things, however, pointed to – were preparing the way for – a greater revelation of God through the advent of our Lord Jesus Christ: “But when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons” (Galatians 4:4-5). The Messiah came to make God’s will known as fully as is possible for men to receive it. He appeared “to give knowledge of salvation unto (God’s) people…to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide (their) feet into the way of peace” (Isaiah 9:2, Luke 1:77,79). This light is the radiance of the Nativity Season, “the light of Christ which illumines all.”

Read it all on the diocesan web site here.