Nature Reminds People of the Last Judgment - Blessed Metropolitan Onuphry

The Primate explained Christ's words that "the stones will cry out" if people who praise God are silent.

This article from our archives was first published on RI in May 2021

During the sermon at the Liturgy on Palm Sunday, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Onuphry of Kyiv and All Ukraine, spoke about how inanimate nature testifies to God and the Last Judgement.

The video of the sermon was published by the Informational and Educational Department of the UOC.

The Primate drew the believers' attention to the words of the Lord from the Gospel account of the entry into Jerusalem: "If they keep silence, the stones will cry out" (Luke 19:40). Christ said this in response to the Pharisees, who resented the apostles praising Him as the Messiah.

"Man should, while living on earth, give glory to God," His Beatitude noted. - One should not praise God for what God has not done - but there is nothing that God has not done. Since God has made everything that is, what we see, what we do not see, what we know, what we do not know, we should praise and thank God for everything. Praising God is not something undeserved. It is an enthusiastic glorification of the works that God has done.

According to the Primate, a person should glorify his Creator - with his mouth, his life, his deeds and actions.

"If man stops glorifying God, reminding himself of God, then the stones begin to remind him of God," His Beatitude emphasized. - And today these stones remind us of God - that there is a God, and that there will be a righteous judgment, there will be a resurrection of the dead.

These reminders come from minerals, from oxygen, from food, from water. The reserves of all these substances are running out. If they are gone, there will be no life on earth. They say that there is a God, that He is the Creator of heaven and earth, and that there will be a day when the Lord will judge all, the living and the dead.


Source: spzh.news (Russian)