Schedule for the Stations of the Cross on Fridays of Lent:
Schedule for the Stations of the Cross on Sundays of Lent:
St. Alphonsa Syro Malabar Catholic Church, Atlanta
on March 14th, 15th and 16th 2014
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“COME AND SEE”
My Dear Brothers, Sisters and Children,
In the cathedral of Copenhagen, Denmark there is a magnificent statue of Jesus by the noted sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen. When Thorvaldsen first completed the sculpture he gazed upon the finished product with great satisfaction. It was a sculpture of Christ with His face looking upward and arms extended upward. It was a statue of a majestic, conquering Christ. Later that night, however, after the sculptor had left his fine new work in clay to dry and harden, something unexpected occurred. Sea mist seeped into the studio in the night. The clay did not harden as quickly as anticipated. The upraised arms and head of the sculpture began to droop. The majestic Christ with arms lifted up and head thrown back was transformed into a Christ with head bent forward and arms stretched downward as if in a pose of gentle invitation. At first Thorvaldsen was bitterly disappointed. As he studied the transformed sculpture, however, he came to see a dimension of Christ that had not been real to him before. It was the Christ who is a gentle, merciful Savior. Thorvaldsen inscribed on the base of the completed statue, "Come Unto Me”, and that picture of God in His mercy has inspired millions.
John the Baptist introduced Jesus as the Lamb of God to his disciples and they followed Jesus. They were searching for meaning in life and wanted to have a firsthand experience of the mercy and love of God. “Jesus said to them, “Come and See”. They went and saw where He was staying, and they remained with Him that day”. (Jn: 1:39). They stayed with Jesus and started to proclaim their experience to others and helped many to come to Jesus. Jesus invites us to stay with Him and experience His love and mercy. We have lots of opportunities to stay with Jesus such as reading the Holy Scripture in love and devotion, participating in the Holy Eucharist, staying with the Blessed Sacrament in adoration. Unless we stay with Him, we cannot comprehend His love, peace and mercy. And we would not be able to share with others God’s love and help others to know Jesus.
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls”. (Mt: 11:28-29) In situations where we find ourselves lost in total darkness, bereft of love, tortured by a sense of hopelessness and tired of the heavy burden of sin and selfishness, Jesus invites us to come to Him and learn from Him. Then we will see Christ lovingly inviting us with head bent forward and arms outstretched, a gentle, merciful Savior, ready to embrace us. “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me”. (Jn: 14:1) “If you abide in me and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you”. (Jn: 15:7) Let us trust in His promises and cling on to Him.
If you seek him………………Come to Him.
If you have burden …………. Come to Him.
If you are in darkness………..Come to Him.
If you want to stay with God……Sit before Him in adoration.
I invite all to join the first Friday Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. “Come and See”, Stay one hour with the Lord. “O taste and see that the Lord is good”. (Ps: 34:8)
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...