From the Vicar's Desk - September 2017 Message

Dear Friends in Christ, Greetings to You All !
Telling the Samaritan woman that believing Him, will enable her to make true worship leading to get the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus said,
" The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life, " John 4: 14 b.

One of the Ten Commandments given by the Lord God, thru Moses in the Old Testament, pertains to a wonderful understanding of human relationship, mutual respect and care is given in the Book of Exodus (20:12), which should serve as a guide for caring the elderly,
" Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you".

The Onam Festival set to pass in the first week of the month, reminds us not just of a time of the legendary kingdom in the past of a time of justice, truthfulness and goodness among the peoples of the time, but also the cultural uniqueness of our state with unity among the different peoples, without prejudices and inhibitions. Celebrating such a festival every year should make us more vigilant to keep up the traditions of equality for all upholding the values of our culture. Please be reminded that September 10 Sunday will be celebrated as 'The Sevika Sangha Dinam'.

The theme for the biblical lesson for the first Sunday is 'education for liberation'. Proverbs 9: 10 says, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight." What is obtained thru. education is to be wisdom, to discern the will of God for oneself and to be able know God's presence so that one would be able know oneself. Siting the Samaritan woman in John chapter 4, it is intended that women are to be empowered in order to be the agents for the transformation of the home and the society at large., especially in these times of turbulence and commotions in the society. Being transformed by Christ, the Samaritan woman herself encountered Christ in her life became an agent to transform her own community. It is a great example for all of us today. The third Sunday is the day for the Senior Citizens. The elderly are the treasure of knowledge from their long and rich experiences, which should be made use of by the youth for the their own empowerment and growth. 'Christian life and testimony' among the other communities of our nation of diversities is the theme for the fourth Sunday. Imbibing goodness from others, the Christian life should be a healing ministry, guiding others, and shedding light for them in their paths of difficulties and tribulations. That is what our Lord said in Matthew 5:16," Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in Heaven."

May the Lord bless you and keep you!

Shaji Achen

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