Today is the feast of the Meeting of the Lord. In Macedonian the word happiness originates from meeting, encountering, above all, with the Lord. This is where our today’s feast comes form together with the touching words: Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:
30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. (Luke 2, 29-32) and to His mother “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against 35 (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” (Luke 2, 35), spoken by the mouth (heart) of the righteous Simeon who had been waiting for this event for three hundred years and when the time came for it to happen, despite his elderly’s weakness, rushed to the temple to meet with the Lord, for The Lord, as an incarnate God, a Godman, was supposed to be brought as a baby by his parents. Then he recognized Him, although noone had ever seen Him, and accepted Himon his hands and had Him. HIs wish was fulfilled for which constantly lived and waited for.

Today’s feast is dedicated to the memory of the rightful Judgment of God, as a preparational week before the Great Lent for the celebration of the glorious Christ’s resurrection.

In today’s Gospel, the king, i.e. God divides the people into sheep and goats, that is, good and bad. To God we are all the same. God does not make difference between people. Black or white, Macedonians or Serbians, Australians or some African tribe, to Him we are all the same and we are all created by God’s image and for eternal and loving communion with Him, the alive and eternal God. The only difference that He makes is the division of good and bad people. However, it is us that make such division, by our own choice of the way we live our lives. But let us be careful, we are not to divide people and determine who is good and who is bad, but leave this to the all-righteous judgment of God, which we don’t know, for the judgment of God is beyond our fallen logic.

If we connect both events, one from the past and the other from the future, we come to a mutual point, which is the present and eternity, that is, the present determines eternity.

The way we treat people in our daily lives in the same way we treat God. For God identifies Himself with each one of us: If we have done any good, to Christ the Lord we did it and if we haven’t done any good to someone, we didn’t do it to Christ the Lord. … ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ (see Matthew 25, 35-40)
Some say they have not done any wrong, that they have not wronged to anyone, bu I will say they haven;t done any good either. The absence of good is in itself something bad. If you take light from the day, darkness will come. Where there is no light there is darkness. Wherever there is no good, there is evil.

Through our concrete good deeds our heart gets cleansed from the passions and there, in the cleansed heart, we meet God and our joy and happiness id immeasurable. We see the face of God and we rejoice.

If on the other hand, we have been doing bad, that is, we have not done any good, then we cannot find the place of our heart and consequently we may not see God and become happy. This the origin of all of our misfortunes, sufferings, sorrows, darkening, depressions, because of lack of meeting God. And when the time comes for the righteous judgment of God, then we will have to see God face to face and then this meeting with Him shall turn into a bitter and eternal pain.

Therefore we should seize the moment and do concrete good deeds in order to become able to inherit the Kingdom of Heaven and the eternal joy, instead of being put aside in hell into utmost darkness and eternal pain. Let the merciful God, by the prayers of the righteous Simeon and the prophetess Ana give us strength in it. Amen!