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CASTRO VALLEY, CA.

Message from Father

FrNiko

“Freely you have received, freely give.”
– Matthew 10:8

Beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord,

One of my favorite aspects of the Christmas season is how much focus is placed on giving.  It seems that no matter where one walks or drives, if one is watching television or listening to the radio, or even in casual conversation with a loved one or neighbor, the emphasis is on giving (and buying, but that is another matter!).  Every December our culture celebrates friends, families and loved ones through gift-giving.  We benefit from this of course, not only because we are recipients of these gifts, but also because we have an opportunity to give!

As Christians, we believe that everything we have in our lives is a gift from God.  God does not owe us anything, but gives entirely out of His love for us.  God the Father sent His only begotten Son into the world as a gift.  When the Jesus became a man, every teaching, every healing He did in His earthly ministry was a gift.  The Crucifixion and Resurrection, the annihilation of death and promise of eternal life were all a gift.  Indeed, everything the Lord has done for us, from the beginning of time and through all eternity has been and always will be a gift!

As such, as followers of Christ, we give because it brings the love of God to those around us.  We represent God’s voluntary love for each and every human on planet earth whenever we love them and give in His name.  We show those around us that we love them because Christ loved us.  This Christmas season, let us remember that gift-giving is no mere product of American consumerism, nor an opportunity to acquire more things.  It is an opportunity which we as Orthodox Christians have to express love for our neighbor, and in doing so, express our love for God.

May He Who lay in a manger for our salvation guide us to always give freely and openly from our hearts, without expecting anything in return.

Amen!

With love in Christ,

 

 

Father Niko Bekris
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Liz Levy

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Marcelo P. Souza

Site administrator, teacher.

Fr. Niko Bekris

Parish Priest since 2015

Anna Teodosiadis

Youth Director
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Merciful and full of love, She [Mother of God] manifests Her love towards Her Son and God in love for the human race. She intercedes for it before the Merciful One, and going about the earth, She helps men. Having experienced all the difficulties of earthly life, the Intercessor of the Christian race sees every tear, hears every groan and entreaty directed to Her.

A protection and shelter, I have with you in my life.

If a man has no worries about himself at all for the sake of love toward God and the working of good deeds, knowing that God is taking care of him, this is a true and wise hope. But if a man takes care of his own business and turns to God in prayer only when misfortunes come upon him . . . such a hope is vain and false. A true hope seeks only the Kingdom of God. This hope pacifies the heart and produces joy within it.

Do not say, “this happened by chance, while this came to be of itself.” In all that exists there is nothing disorderly, nothing indefinite, nothing without purpose, nothing by chance … How many hairs are on your head? God will not forget one of them. Do you see how nothing, even the smallest thing, escapes the gaze of God?

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