My brethren, great is God’s goodness. What words can express that goodness? Great is the goodness of the Heavenly Kingdom with its fiery angels, wonderful saints, and the sweetness of Paradise.
Who can describe this goodness? Immortal life, close to God and the angels of God, in the company of the saints and the righteous, is a great good.
Another great good will be our meeting with our kinsmen and friends in the heavenly world; with our parents, our children, and our most beloved ones, who by their departure left us in sadness and grief.
Who will show us all that good? Many asked this in King David’s time, and many ask even today. Who will show it to us, so that we may believe and hope?
That good is shown to us Christians, and we wait for nothing higher, for no one but the Lord Christ – the true Witness to all this good, the true Witness and Lord, brethren, of all this good.
The compassionate Lord showed this good to His chosen prophets even before His coming to earth. That is why David says to God: Lord, lift up the light of Thy countenance upon us (Psalms 4:6).
This is the reply to those who ask: Who will show us any good? God Himself showed us that good. The light of the Lord’s countenance is marked upon us, inscribed and etched in our hearts, and in that light we recognize that good which only heaven can give.
Brethren, is there a cure for those who have heard about the coming of Christ on earth, but nevertheless asked: Who will show us any good?
If Christ had not shown and revealed all that is good by His glorious birth, His glorious miracles, His glorious Resurrection, and His Holy Church, the dark earth would not show it, for it cannot; men would not show it, for they do not know.
However, there is a cure for everyone – even for the most incorrigible unbelievers-up to the moment of death. This cure is in repentance of one’s evil, in the cleansing of one’s heart, and in the fulfilling of Christ’s commandments.
The healthy can see the light of the countenance of the Lord; but not the sick in soul, the impure in heart or the wrong-minded.
O our Lord God, light of angels and men; help us that we not darken the light that Thou hast given us – and by which we see the heavenly good – by the darkness of our sin. Do not deprive us of these good things,
O Most-merciful One. To Thee be glory and praise forever. Amen.
Nikolai Velimirovich (1880-1956; Orthodox Church): Prologue from Ohrid, October 5th.