Some Thoughts on Today’s Gospel Reading...(Luke 6:46-7:1)
6:46 “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?”
Why does Jesus repeat the title “Lord” twice? It’s the same reason that the Patriarch of Constantinople is referred-to as “Kyrios Kyrios Bartholomeos.” It “magnifies” his position. The word “Lord” or “Kyrios” in Greek means the head or the chief. In ancient Greece the “kyrios” was the head of the household and the chief provider for the family. In the Greek Old Testament, the Septuagint, the Hebrew name of God, YHWH, the unpronounced “sacred Tetragrammaton,” was translated “Kyrios” by the translators some two hundred years before Christ. YHWH draws from a root meaning “The Existing One” or “The One Who Is.” A different Hebrew name of God which the Jews DID pronounce was “Adonai.” It is a plural word that denotes lordship, kingship, power. The Septuagint translated “Adonai” also as “Kyrios.” Thus in Christ we have both, Lord and Lord; the Ever-existing eternal God, and God the King.
At Holy Baptism, each of us is required to confess our belief in Christ as our King and our God, Kyrios and Kyrios, Lord and Lord. So if we confess Him as Lord and Lord, King and God, Perfect God and perfect Man, why do we not do what He tells us to do? Why do we resist His commandments? The answer is simple. Why do children not do what their parents ask them to do? Why did Adam and Eve not listen to what God warned them not to do? Selfish and arrogant self-will!
St. Porphyrios of Kafsokalyvia says:
“Those who desire and crave to belong to Christ and who abandon themselves to the will of God become worthy. It’s a great thing, all-important, to have no will. The slave has no will of his own. And it is possible for us to have no will of our own in a very simple manner: through love for Christ and the keeping of His commandments. ‘He who has my commandments and keeps them, he is the one who loves me; and he who loves me shall be loved by my Father and I will love him and will manifest myself to him’ [John 14:21]. Effort is required. ‘For we have to wrestle against the rulers of the darkness of this age’ [Eph. 6:12]. We have to wrestle with the roaring lion [1 Pet. 5:8]. We cannot allow the devious enemy to prevail in the struggle.”
So the question is: do we desire to live as “Christ-ians” or “Us-ians?” Do we wish to be the servants and disciples of Christ, or self-serving slaves to the world, the flesh, and the devil? There are only two choices in this life – the Way of Life or the Way of Death. This is the primordial lesson of Eden. This is why Great Moses cried out to the People of God: “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life” (Deuteronomy 30: 19-20).