Living in an age of shifting realities is the new turn of human history. Human life is becoming more flexible, fluid and fragmented. Every explanation of human reality are becoming relative. The foundations of truth, wisdom and interpretations of human life is relinquishing into liquid forms. The physical world and physical experiences of human life is reducing into virtual world and virtual experiences. Fantasies and fallacies are controlling our imaginations and dreams. Yes, humanity is reached to a particular point where our thoughts and understanding is invaded and inverted by some sort of unrealistic paradigms of knowledge.
In the midst of all these conundrums, faith, scripture, worship and witnesses is the foundations of our spiritual resources. We are called to believe in God the creator, redeemer and sustainer of the universe. God saw that all creation was good. Humankind drifted away from the glory of God disturbed and destroyed the peaceful coexistence. Human beings lost the experience of the consciousness of the creaturehood. In fact, it is through the recognition of their finitude that they recover the fullness of created being and step into the path to deification. This is beautifully summarized by St Athanasius “God has become man so that man may become god.” In Christ, human has the possibility to restore to the moral status of divine humanity.
The very being of the Church is to share the gift of salvation to all creation. Salvation is the greatest gift of God shared as liberation and healing. Salvation extends from person to social and then to the cosmos. Every act of God is salvation and salvation is assured as the presence of God. The role of humanity as the divine image requires the salvation of each and every individual. Salvation involves a double process of purification and growth. The growth of the soul in knowledge and love of God is grounded in the creation of the human person in the image of God. Purification or sanctification and growth happen in the full communion with God in Christ.
Salvations confront sin and the forces of evil. The world is ruined by the sinful practices of greed, exploitation and rebellion. Intolerance, hate and violence are increasing day by day. The inhuman attitude and factionalism is demoralizing the fabric of community. Even in the midst of all these tendencies, God is at work. Scripture says, “the righteous shall live by faith” (Habakkuk 2:4). Faith in God the Almighty and hope in God the Eternal is the foundation of life. We are called to continue the work of God, the salvation in history.
Let’s prayerfully participate in the forthcoming events of the parish like First Communicant service on (Oct 28) and Parish Day/conventions (Nov 9-11). May our gatherings spiritually enhance our faith and witnesses.
In the Lord’s Ministry,
Rev. Shiby Varughese P.