Sermon apropos baptism of the princess Charlotte
It seems that different forms of hopes and aspirations, penetrate almost each of us. On a baptism our hopes by right become a prayer for the child, today – for the princess Charlotte. Everyone wants something for the children. We very much strive for beauty – not obligatory for beauty external, but for beauty of life. In the Gospel from Matfey, in the 18th head, Jesus tries to turn one type of aspirations, hopes for situation and prestige, into aspiration to beauty of life. To become big in the Kingdom of Heaven – He speaks to the energetic pupils – is not about situation in this life, but about beauty of life, life which is similar to his life, and He cites as an example children – those who seemed absolutely unimportant those days.
Grand princess Elizabeth Fyodorovna
Among the ancestors of the princess Charlotte buried in the Holy Land there is a sacred – the grand princess Elizabeth, whose life was crystal beauty, and death – a surprising example of courage and service. During lifetime she forgave the person who killed her the husband. During its cruel murder she continued to look after those who suffers together with it. Jesus speaks about such beauty, speaking about those who will be big in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Such beauty of character begins with a baptism, and is established in a habit to follow and love for Lord Jesus, a habit which can learn from parents and Godfathers, and from all church community. The beauty is an implied prayer of all service of a baptism, beauty of life which brings true and eternal greatness. In such times as ours, those who suffers, for example, from wound in Tunisia and other places, need beauty of life of those who lives round them, extending love and a consolation, generously distributing them to people around at the time of light and at the time of darkness and giving vision of the future executed by Christ.