"The Kingdom of God is within you." (Lk. 17:21)
All that belongs to God carries the seal of immortality. And the Kingdom of God is immortal. If we desire to breathe the air of immortality, we must enter within ourselves, within our hearts, within the Kingdom of God.
Outside ourselves is the air of time, the air of transitoriness and decay, in which the soul breathes with difficulty. The kingdom of nature is the sensual kingdom; hence, it is a kingdom foreign to our souls - our souls being of our inner kingdom.
Why do men love to reside for a long, long time in a foreign land? Why do they rarely and reluctantly enter into their own home? Whenever we think about the world, we are thinking about that foreign land. Whenever we converse about the sensual world, we are conversing about a foreign land.
Living by the senses, we are similar to a man who rushes around all day to the homes of strangers and only at night returns to his own home to sleep. And so we dedicate our waking time to death and our sleep to immortality! We come to ourselves, we return to ourselves only in sleep. But even our sleep is dreaming of our waking life, i.e., even when we are in our own home, in a unconscious state, we dream of foreign land; we are strangers in reality and in dreams. We are constantly outside ourselves.
The Lord wants to return us to ourselves, to His home and to His homeland. For us, the Kingdom of God is within us; outside ourselves is a foreign land. In order to escape from a foreign land and find our true home, in which we directly encounter God, we must enter within ourselves, into our hearts. There is the King; there also is the Kingdom.
O Lord, King of the angels and saints, show us the riches and light of Thy Kingdom within us, that we may love Thy Kingdom more than we love the foreign land of the sensual - the kingdom of change and transitoriness.
To Thee be glory and praise forever. Amen.
The Prologue of Ohrid, Vol. I
13 January, Homily