As the world gets more anxious and angry, the only antidote is humility and hope in God’s mercy.
The world cries out for something to fill its emptiness, and sometimes, the Lord Jesus Christ will not fill that void, until the sinner cries even more ‘Lord Jesus Christ, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ as the blind man did in one of the gospels.
Although the blind man used ‘Son of David’, the blind man really meant ‘Son of God.’ So likewise, the Orthodox Christian cries out incessantly, ‘Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner!’
Jesus sometimes doesn’t come, so the penitent may learn persistence, devotion, and cry out all the more. But when Jesus does come, the fragrance that arises is peace, joy and love.
Many of the ascetics of the Orthodox Church regularly cried out this prayer to Jesus, until their spiritual blindness was removed, and they could see the Lord Jesus Christ clearly.
If we are too weak to cry out incessantly, we must embrace humility, as humility is the mother of all virtue, and pride the father of all vice. When we have humility, we sort of have acceptance of our situation, which may or not change, due to our previous sins in Christ.
The world may never change, but I hope somebody reading this blog may be encouraged to ask Jesus Christ to have mercy on them.