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The Spiritual Man, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

32- The Holy Kiss

 

St-Takla.org         Image: The betrayal of Judas Iscariot, and showing Peter stretching out his hand with his sword, struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear صورة: قبلة الخيانة، خيانة يهوذا الإسخريوطي، ويظهر في الصورة بطرس استل سيفه من غمده، وضرب عبد رئيس الكهنة، وقطع أذنه

Image: The betrayal of Judas Iscariot, and showing Peter stretching out his hand with his sword, struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear

صورة: قبلة الخيانة، خيانة يهوذا الإسخريوطي، ويظهر في الصورة بطرس استل سيفه من غمده، وضرب عبد رئيس الكهنة ملخس، وقطع أذنه

We hear during Mass the phrase: Greet one another with a holy kiss. The kiss is a deep expression of love. And the word holy means pure and without hypocrisy...

And each of us greets the one next to him, as a symbol of peace among all the people!!

Do we confine to this formality or this literality? While there is no peace in our hearts towards people!!

Judas Iscariot kissed the Lord Jesus Christ.

With the letter but not the spirit, and the letter kills. It is an outside appearance that expresses love while betrayal hides behind it. Therefore the church prohibits kissing from Paschal Wednesday, protesting against Judas kiss of betrayal.

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And whenever you meet people, you start by greeting them with peace.

Is it the literality of the word peace? Or is it a true peace according to the spiritual meaning?.. How many are the words we say, the greetings and the compliments, just with the letter, but not the spirit.

What then should the spiritual man do? Avoid any compliments? No, but let it be with the spirit and the truth...

To express love, sympathy and good relationship with people, respecting them. He does that from all his heart, with his feelings showing on his face, in the looks of his eyes and the warmth of his words. It is with the spirit, not the letter.


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