A thorough reading of the scripture reveal to us a God who constantly and intimately loving humanity and a callous and corrupted humanity constantly and cruelly rejecting the love and authority of God. The bible also informs the reader that these parallel paths of redemption and rebellion progress into the summit point of God’s judgment. We are told from small age that God will punish us for the wrong and evil deeds. It is not a list of evil deeds that is in question but the quality of relationship between God and us. When we find our existence away from God we are tended to do everything (even the so called good thing) in the wrong way that ultimately causes for the divine condemnation. In the gospel of John we read, “And this is the verdict: The Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness more than light, because their deeds were evil” (3:19). More than God punishing the evil doers, humans chooses condemnation out of their corrupted and rebellious thinking instead of the blessedness with God. Human history – social, cultural, political, industrial, commercial, legal – is a history of constant rebellion; the history of the construction of Babel.
Jesus Christ and His cross is probably God’s final invitation and at the same time warning to put an end to our reckless journey and to come back to the enriching and life-giving relationship with God. The period of Lent can be observed with all its ritualistic details to satisfy our own corrupted self or we can enter into it as a means to regain our dried up flow towards God, to mend our broken relationships; to rediscover the plan of our life in the light of God’s will. If we believe that there is God who loves and redeems, we also need to believe that He is the righteous judge. May the lent observation open before us opportunity to study His word and bear fruits that please God through the transformation of our mind. Let us not be guided by our own knowledge and end up in destruction but by the wisdom of God and by His spirit that will result in the abundance of life for all.
In God’s abounding grace, we could dedicate our new parsonage on the 20th of January 2018 as we wished and prayed. Rt. Rev. Dr. Isaac Mar Philoxenos, the Diocesan Episcopa led the dedication service in the presence of clergy representatives from sister churches and a number of people from our parish and neighboring parishes. Just as the people of Israel experienced the presence of God in the pillar of cloud and fire, God’s presence, help and protection was very vivid in our journey which culminated in a sunny day with fifty degree temperature in the middle of the freezing winter. In God’s great providence, we got a construction firm with high credentials and utmost dedication. We owe much to Mr. Alex Johnson for building a high quality house below budget and before schedule. I have great appreciation for our leaders who spearheaded this project with great vigilance, agility and commitment. The members of building committee and the executive committee spent a number of man hours at various levels of decision making. I thank God for you the people who sincerely love God and His church who stood behind the leadership with your sincere prayers and resources. I trust that you will continue the support even for the furnishing so that we will be able to use the new parsonage at the earliest.
It makes us proud and euphoric that our Valia Metropolitan has been awarded with Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award in the Republic of India, the country of more than 1,342,512,706 people. In a land of religious animosity and cultural domination, Thirumeni’s life is a living invitation to all segments of life to be open to people of other faiths and ideology and join together beyond identities to make this world more humane and just. Let us thank God for our small but great church and its excellent leaders.
Yours in Christ’s ministry,
Rev. Abraham Scaria