Dearly Beloved in Christ,
Greetings to You in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.Great lent is an occasion for remembering the passion,death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I encourage you to meditate on the word of God,to realize the depth of persecution and the endurance-experience of Jesus Christ. It’s a
time to dedicate ourselves to move forward in the path of the cross, expressing solidarity to Christ’s experiences. We should celebrate the abundance of life made available by resurrection.
Instead of mere emotional approach to the suffering and crucifixion experiences of Jesus, the need of the hour is to have a critical evaluation of the political, religious and social reasons that led to the same. The political and religious leadership of that time had never accepted Jesus. His authoritarian teachings, touching and healing the sick violating the clean-unclean law, forgiving the sins, cleansing the temple, responding critically to the injustice and exploitation of the religious and political leaders, teachings on subjects like faith, justice and wealth; all became reasons for their enmity with Jesus and His crucifixion. So the cross gives us the appeal to respond creatively to the structures of evil and siin, while accepting the life style of Christ.
The cross provides an alternate vision of power and authority. Washing the feet of disciples, praying for enemies and responding patiently while being persecuted are powerful messages from Jesus.
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God”(1Cor.1:18).
In this time when authority and power are used to suppress others and to establish supremacy, the message of the cross challenges us to accept the self- emptying way of Christ’s life.By crucifying Jesus, political and religious leadership had tried to disable the divine mission realized through Jesus. However, Jesus shattered their hopes by His resurrection and struck a deadly blow against the unholy relationship between the political and religious leaders. The resurrection of Jesus is the expression of God’s ultimate authority over all sinful structures, dark powers of death. In this time when life is denied, and the cultures of decay is strengthening, the resurrection challenges us to be celebrators of the abundance of life.
This is my last message in the website as your Vicar, as we are scheduled to leave Kuwait on April 29th.We are so grateful to each one of you for your prayerful fellowship, love, care and whole hearted participation in all the programmes of the parish. I am so thankful to the office bearers, KS members, mandalam and assembly members, area prayer group and parish organization officials of the past three years, for their relentless hard work and cooperation.
Please uphold us and our ministry in your prayers. Praying to God Almighty to bless you abundantly. May God Bless Kuwait St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church.
With prayerful regards