Father Louka (Luke) Sidarous lived Christ and did not only speak about Him. Anything he preached, he lived first. This is why we believed him and this is why our souls rested in what he said. What he lived in his seven months of imprisonment was his true self unfeigned. He was a believable person; a man of strength and courage. He stood up for what was right and had no fear. Not even prison could entrap his spirit. He was always a free man.
“Therefore, if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed” (John 8:36).
His uprightness was his trademark. He believed in telling the truth, defending the Church, and maintaining love. These three attributes could sometimes cause issues or misunderstandings, but he had great wisdom to balance them all. His wisdom surpassed many. He received what was granted to King Solomon. His greatness was in his humility just as his Savior taught him lovingly. His love was with open arms to all sinners, resembling his Savior’s love on the Cross. His kindness and compassion resembled the feelings of Christ in front of the widow of Nain (Luke 7:11-17).
His cheerfulness was seen by all as resembling the face of Christ; especially in greeting the little children. When he was young, people called him the priest that looks like Jesus. His service reflected his Savior washing the feet of His disciples. He did not stop serving until the last breath as he loved the poor and cared for them. His gratitude was never-ending. He truly thanked God for everything. The last thing he did before his departure from this life was to thank God as he kissed the front and back of his hands minutes before leaving this world. He bore suffering with joy. He was victorious and will be clothed eternally in white garments in the paradise of joy.
“He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. He who has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches” (Rev 3:5-6).
Author: Hegumen Fr. Louka Sidarous
Publisher Name: St Shenouda Press
Publisher URL: www.stshenoudapress.com
Publication Year: 2020
Pages : 212