Dearly Beloved in Christ,
We have entered the fall season, and the final quarter of the year. Let us praise God for His grace and mercy towards us, and with the hope of the resurrection and second coming of Christ, let us move forward.
The political landscape in this country has been going through unprecedented circumstances during these past few months. The news we read and hear are all reflective of the polarization of not only politics, but of people and their worldviews. We must always understand that “un-truth” or “creating truths” have no place in this world. They may present themselves as a well-depicted narrative, and may be “soothing to the ears,” but history tells us that created truths will never last.
In Jesus Christ’s ministry, we can see that truth prevailed. John 8:31-32 says: “To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Jesus Christ also said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” We need to be followers of Christ who live in the truth. Without the truth, our very own being loses its foundation, which will amount to falling short of the glory of God. In the end, we are just deceiving ourselves.
Always remember that we are accountable to God for the same. Our liturgical worship reminds us the same. Whether we are studying, working, or living a retired life, Christ should be the center, and that is reflected not only in our faith, but also by living a Christ-like life. Our life must be the message of hope to the world, through Christ.
When looking at recent events, our faith is challenged. Sometimes life may seem dismal. The future may seem uncertain. But we must remain strong in our faith & conviction, and proclaim what we believe. “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” (I Peter 3:15) Can we take this challenge? Are we opting for the crown or the cross?
Are we able to live out the truth proclaimed through Christ Jesus?
This month, the church is celebrating the Mar Thoma Voluntary Evangelists’ Association Sunday, along with Youth Sunday (Yuvajana Sakhyam & Youth Fellowship), and Family Sunday. As mentioned, my hope, prayer, and desire are for all families and members to be connected to at least one of the ministries of the parish. This will enable one to be connected to the life, mission, and ministry of the church, and will enable them to grow spiritually and holistically. Our Annual Parish Convention is taking place this month. Requesting your prayers
and wholehearted support.
May the grace and mercy of the Holy Trinity be with us all.
Yours in Christ,
September 28, 2018