Vicar Message

 

From the Vicar’s Desk…

Dearly beloved in Christ,

Greetings to you all in the name of the resurrected Jesus Christ

The holy week starts from Palm Sunday and end with Easter Sunday. This week is also known as Passion Week because of the passion with which Jesus willingly went to the cross in order to pay for the sins of His people. The cross and the resurrection of Jesus Christ are the main themes that we meditate on this week. Outside of the cross of Jesus Christ, there is no hope for the world. That cross and resurrection at the core of the Gospel is the only hope for the humanity.

The Christian community is the community of the cross, for it has been brought into being by the cross. St. Paul says, “as for me, God forbid that I should boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ”. (Gal.6:14). What glory he finds in the cross? He gloried the cross because, it is on the cross that God performed the most selfless act for the salvation of mankind. Christ’s death on the cross was the supreme act sacrifice for His creation. Mahatma Gandhi once said about Christ, “A man who was completely innocent offered Himself as a sacrifice for the good of others including His enemies and became ransom for the whole world. The crucifixion abolished the believer’s bondage of sin. In His letter to Romans, (Rom.3:26-31) St. Paul again says about four different ways the cross glorified God. First, Cross reveals God’s righteousness. Second, Cross exalts God’s matchless grace. Third, Cross reveals God’s consistency in dealing with all man. Finally, the cross confirms God’s law. We must not forget that it wasn’t Jews or Romans that put Jesus on the cross but, it was our sin that put Jesus on the cross. God proved His love on the cross, when Christ humbled and died, it was God saying to the world “I love you”.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most significant event in the history. St. Paul says, “If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is our faith” (1Cor.15:14). Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal and life. It is victory over death. Easter offers eternal life that is granted to all who believe in Him. Resurrection shows that there is life beyond grave. It proclaims that, we can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there. One of the important messages of resurrection is that, “do not be afraid, He is risen.(Mat.28:5). The resurrection message conveys to us that, we need not be afraid of anything that threaten us. Because the resurrected Christ empowers us in all our insecurities, conflicts and uncertainties.

Our lent prayer is a special experience of sincere fellowship and a time of meditation. A good number of people sincerely observe the lent season. Let us pray for the blessings of the Passion Week. The active participation in the harvest festival is a sign of the spirit of unity and cooperation. Keep it up!!!

Our new accounting year starts by the month of April. The office bearers and the committee members has been elected peacefully.  I would like to congratulate the members of the church for cooperating wholeheartedly in conducting the election peacefully.

I have noticed that some people who are only keeping their names in the membership register of the parish for the sake of maintaining their membership. It is the obligation of a parish member to maintain meaningful fellowship and active participation in different activities than merely a monitory contribution.

Let the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ lead you all to a renewed life and the active participation of the extension of the kingdom of God.

With prayers and blessings

Solomon Achen

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