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The Greatest Fail

By Father Nikiforos

                Fail videos go viral on YouTube and the social media. There is nothing better to get our minds from our everyday problems and misfortunes than watching, well, someone else’s. And despite the broken ribs, noses and reputations, we seem even more addicted to a good fail. So, what are the ingredients of a great fail video (just in case you are interested to become instantly famous for all the wrong reasons)? First, do not use your brain; it gets in the way of ridiculing ourselves. Second, forget about gravity, momentum, friction or any of the laws of Physics. Sir Isaac Newton had only one famous fail (an apple fell on his head) and then wrote books about is. Which brings us to #3: do not read, write or think much (this is a repeat of #1, I know), never use a pen, just a camera. How can you make an itchy (and curious) monkey funny, unless you use a camera? So, knowing what makes a good fail video is a great way to think of the one single fail we should definitely avoid. Not losing our balance on the wedding altar, or skateboarding into a moving train, or skiing straight into the arms of an annoyed Grizzly bear; these fails are nothing compared to the greatest fail of all. You got it, losing our souls.

                There is no coming back from losing our souls. And, worst of all, nobody will ever laugh about it. The new ecclesiastical year presents us with an opportunity to undo the fails of our lives. If there was an embarrassing video of us, going viral and making people ridicule us, our main concern would be to erase it and make everyone forget it ever existed. On Judgement Day, the offenses and fails of our lives will be presented for everyone to watch. The only way to erase them is confession and genuine repentance. Ask yourselves, have you recently increased your prayer? It is important to use our minds the right way and avoid future misses from our target, which is salvation. You see, the Greek word for sin (αμαρτία) is translated as missing the target. We want to be saved just like the skateboarder wants to balance on the barrier before Physics give him a nasty and painful lesson on gravity and impact dynamics. We may redeem ourselves from any painful results of “missing the target” when we use our brains (the heaviest part of our body must be there for a reason) and knowledge of the laws.

                Faith provides us with this knowledge, teaches us the will of God and extends us an invitation for salvation. Some of the greatest “fail-artists” (the thief on the Cross, the Prodigal Son, the Publican, the robbed victim in the parable of the Good Samaritan) were saved thanks to the redeeming Grace of the Lord. The New Ecclesiastical Year is precisely about that; making good out of a negative situation. Rising and redeeming our fallen and broken nature. Reviving glory, where shame used to be, joy, where sadness was. Now, who is ready for that?