On the Saints Cosmas and Damian
by Rev Dr Chrysostom Tympas
Cosmas and Damian were twin brothers, both physicians, who lived in early Christian times. They both dedicated their lives to helping and healing illnesses of the people without taking any money for their services. God gifted them with a miraculous healing power, which supernatural power they shared with the needy, as a sign and proof of God’s superior power. They applied Christ’s words "Freely have you received, freely give." They helped people to find not only their bodily heath but first and foremost their psychological health and their spiritual perspective.
But saints Cosmas and Damian lived in an entirely different world as opposed to our contemporary context. We live in era where our every day interest and focus revolves around anything else but the spiritual perspective. We modern humans usually hold the power to change our conditions and to establish a better life for ourselves. But there always comes a moment when we realise that we need something more than a mere comfortable life. This is because our nature does not include only our body and worldly needs but also our soul and spiritual needs. Our soul by nature needs a different kind of bread from our daily food. It also needs a different healing process that is offered by our Church and our Saints Cosmas and Damian in the name of Lord.
This is a perspective that opens our hearts and minds, our souls, towards a different invisible but real life, full of grace and trust to God. It is the world in which the saints always live and act by helping those who are awaiting their mediation and spiritual grace. It is the Kingdom of God where all of us have being given a place of rest and glory within God’s providence and love. This place of course demands our personal struggle to be attained. We can accomplish it by having our Saints Cosmas and Damian as our helpers, healers, guides and mediators to Christ our God. Amen