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Salvation Fully Revealed in Jesus Christ
My Dear Brothers, Sisters and Children in Jesus Christ,
I believe that all of you had a great retreat that helped you to understand the meaning of the prayers and symbols used in the Holy Qurbana. Bishop, Mar George Njaralakatt explained that sin is the rejection of God’s love. A sincere confession returns the sinner to the loving embrace of the Father. He placed emphasis on leading a Christ-centered family life and suggested practical tips for happiness and peace in the family. I was happy to see long lines for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. To me, that is a sign that people took to heart the Word of God they heard. I would like to thank all those who attended the retreat, worked hard to make it a success and made generous contributions.
We are half way through the Season of Lent. Soon we will be entering into the Holy Week with Jesus’ solemn entry into Jerusalem as the King. The Jews believed that here was the messiah promised of old who would save them from the political oppression of the Romans and so the people cried out, ‘save us now’. We are called upon to accept Jesus as the King of our lives by surrendering ourselves to him. Jesus surrendered himself fully to his Father’s will. “He humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.” (Phil. 2:8)
Holy Thursday: Humility and the Eucharist. “If I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. “(Jn. 13:14) Jesus washed the feet of his disciples as an eminent act of humility and an example of service. He fought against human tendencies to strive after position and power. Jesus told his disciples, “Whoever wishes to become great among you, must be your servant.” (Mk: 10:43) We must develop such an attitude of humility that enables us to do, for the love of Christ, the most menial of service to our brothers and sisters. Eucharist is the source and summit of Christian life. The reception of the Body and blood of Christ should lead us to be broken for others, humble and service-oriented. It is the greatest sign of love and the most explicit gift that unites us with Jesus. “I am the bread that came down from heaven, whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”(Jn. 6:51)
Good Friday: Suffering of Jesus has Transforming Power: “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”(Jn: 12:21) Ron Rolheiser, in his Lenten reflections, has a poignant thought on Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, a central piece in the Christian notion of salvation. He states that Jesus took away sin by absorbing and transforming sin. How? The image he uses is that of a water filter. A filter takes in impure water, holds the impurities inside itself, and gives back only pure water. It transforms rather than transmits. We see this in Jesus. Like the ultimate cleansing filter he purifies life itself. He takes in hatred, holds it, transforms it, and gives back love; he takes in fear, holds it, transforms it, and gives back freedom; he takes in jealousy, holds it, transforms it, and gives back affirmation; he takes in Satan and murder, holds them, transforms them, and gives back only God and forgiveness. And, in doing this, Jesus doesn’t want admirers, but imitators; He doesn’t want fans, but followers. The Garden of Gethsemane invites us, every one of us, to help absorb, purify and transform tension and sin rather than simply transmit them. Such is the love of God for us revealed in Jesus’ suffering on the cross.
Easter; The Foundation of our Faith: Resurrection is the greatest of miracles; it proves that Jesus is God. “If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching has been in vain and your faith has been in vain. If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.” (ICor15: 14, 17) Through the resurrection of Jesus darkness is turned into Light, sin and death are defeated, truth is upheld, the sick and the suffering find healing and comfort, and the world finds forgiveness and love in His words. “At the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on Earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.” (Phil 2:10) Our faith, hope and the meaning of Christian life are founded on the Resurrection of Jesus. Christ is Risen, yes, Christ is truly Risen. Hallelujah!
I invite everyone to come and participate in the Holy Week liturgy to experience God’s Love for us and to proclaim Jesus to the world through our lives.
YOURS IN CHRIST,
Fr. Mathew Elayadathamadam, MSFS
Pastor of St. Alphonsa Catholic Church
Mar George Alencherry was born on 19th April 1945 in the parish of Thuruthy in the archdiocese of Changancherry as the sixth child of the ten children of Mr. Philipose and Mary Alencherry of whom two others are priests (Fr. Jose Alencherry and Fr. Francis Alencherry, SDB) and one, a religious sister (Sr. Cherupushpam, S.A.B.S.). Geevarghese is his baptismal name. Mar George Alencherry had his primary schooling at St Mary’s School, Thuruthy and secondary education at St Berchman’s High School, Changanacherry read more...