Asst Vicar’s Message

Asst Vicar’s Message

 

Rev.George Varghese

FAMILY: A PLACE FOR FAITH FORMATION

Our families are where we experience our biggest triumphs and our deepest vulnerabilities—and they are where we have the greatest potential to do good. The family is divine in nature and we believe that God designates it as the fundamental building block of society. It is where we learn loyalty, cooperation, and trust. It is where we learn to love ourselves and each other, to bear one another’s burdens and to feel the value of being part of something greater than ourselves.
Family is the first community of faith and the most powerful influence on the faith of our children. The parents are the first educators of their children, providing the foundation for a spiritual and religious life. For that Parents should lead a deeper spirituality within their homes. But today families are stressed in new and challenging ways, putting new demands on family life. Due to work demands and busy schedules, and also a rise in individual activities there is a decline in family religious practice at home and participation in the Church. Parents often fail in the task of sharing faith and religious traditions with their children.
Christian faith shapes the whole of our lives. Family devotions and learning provide a way to learn more about the Bible and Christian tradition as a family. It helps us to apply these teachings to our daily life as a follower of Jesus Christ. Families that gives importance to faith and Christian traditions have more participation in church life and service activities. Studies show such people’s attendance at worship services is almost 20 percent higher than youth from families that never express faith. They consider faith as a very or most important influence in their lives. Public worship, Family Prayer, Bedtime prayers, Bible reading and study, Table grace, Evening and Morning prayers, and praying alone at any time of the day or night are very helpful in the formation of faith in families. Pope Francis said, “Christian families are missionary families, in their everyday life, in doing everyday things”. The Family is the cradle where the seed of the faith is planted and nurtured. So it is our responsibility to pass our faith and religious traditions to the new generations. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise (Deut. 6:5-7). God instituted families for a specific purpose, and He has a specific call for every family. We do not live to glorify our families. God’s purpose for our families are ultimately to glorify God in this generation and each one to come. Let us submit our families before God as missionary families. God bless you all.

In the Lord’s Ministry,
Rev. George Varghese