I love so much the Chinese New Year, although I am so alone and I feel so lonely. On Chinese New Year eve the people are gathered together. People from abroad and from faraway cities go to their hometowns to meet all their family and to enter the New Year with love and unity. From the previous day they clean their houses from the birthday or bad thing.
I think cleaning the house is very symbolic meaning. Subconsciously depicts that we clean our hearts from old, sad memories that the previous year and the sad incidences of the life caused. It is not the kitchen God who reports if the house is clean. It is the consciousness of the family and friends, which erases the bad memories, and forbids any sad words to be spoken that night.
All family gets together around the table. I think this is so beautiful. Ordered generations about two or three generations. The grandparents, parents, children, even grandchildren all get together. Some kind people care that night of the New Year about the lonely foreigners who have nobody, no family to invite them, and kindly invite them to eat together. Gifts of love, the red envelopes are exchanged.
Being the lonely priest of the Orthodox Church, the New Year’s Eve reminds me how the Chinese people would love the Eucharist. And that the New Year’s Eve is the image of the kingdom of heaven as the bible says. The food is prepared carefully with love and joy, and is what gives us life. But it is important that this supper must be enjoyed with love and with friendship and with compassion.
The New Year’s Eve is what we celebrate in the church. The Eucharist. The difference is that this Chinese food, which the family and friends prepare so good and so carefully, remains food. It could be so beautiful if this is this supper could become some more deep union for the people. And from one point of view unites the people invited to the supper. The family and the friends share the same food, and hopes. The food has very symbolic meaning. The names of the thing, to be eating they have meaning of happiness ah good luck success prosperity.
It is so beautiful and that the Orthodox Christians celebrate the same thing in every Eucharist. By much more love, more deep, because the food finally becomes God himself. God becomes human in order to be our source of life, our supper. As the food becomes our blood and our flesh, by the same way, God in the Eucharist becomes our flesh our body, and unites us.. This is the ultimate love.