The Head of the UGCC: My grandfather always said that one should look for things that neither fire would burn nor a thief would steal. That's why we were taught to believe in God.

01 February, 09:16
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The Head of the UGCC: My grandfather always said that one should look for things that neither fire would burn nor a thief would steal. That's why we were taught to believe in God. - фото 1
Parents who care about their children's well-being understand that what is important is not what their children have, but what their children are like. Good parents invest time, attention, efforts and even money in their children, not in the earthly riches. This was said on Sunday, January 31, 2021, by Father and Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church His Beatitude Sviatoslav during a sermon to the faithful in the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ.

"Because a well-educated child who knows how to distinguish between good and evil is the greatest earthly treasure of his father and mother," the Primate of the UGCC added.

The preacher said that in today's Gospel, the evangelist speaks about the most important thing in life - something that everyone should be concerned about.

But what is man's greatest treasure? "In answering this question of all times, cultures and peoples, Luke tells us that the highest good, the only treasure of man is the Lord God Himself,” said the Head of the UGCC.

Yes, the spiritual leader assures, that treasure is the Lord Himself. The kingdom of heaven is the presence of God among His people. The kingdom of heaven is revealed to us in the person of Jesus Christ.

‘’At the beginning of each service, we say, ‘Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, Treasury of good things, and Giver of life.’ So, if a person really learns to put God first in his search and treats Him as the highest treasure, then his life takes on a completely different meaning,” His Beatitude Sviatoslav points out.

The earthly treasure in the perspective of eternity can sometimes turn into emptiness. "I remember my grandfather saying, 'In life you have to look for something that neither fire will burn, nor water will take away, nor thief will steal.' That is why we were taught at home to believe in God and to obtain the greatest treasure, in which everything else that a person may need is hidden, both in this earthly life and on the way to eternity,” the Head of the Church said.

"We ask the Lord God today that the eternal treasure, which is revealed to us in His Son Jesus Christ and given to us as a gift of the Holy Spirit, we could appreciate, receive, and become capable of the Kingdom of Heaven," the UGCC Primate wished.