Re: Antiochian Patriarchs
- Dear Dr Philips,
It has become quite a series of posts, and I think I would just
like to say a little bit more.
You are right, hardly anybody seems to practise the " One
Indivisible Church " part. Perhaps it is limited to theology
textbooks and some greats of Theology , hardly anybody else pays any
Why is that?. Perhaps because the Church lives in the world, and
is made of sinful men, who like most of us suffer from envy and
lusts for power and money.
May be because of this, the Church is often spoken of in two terms,
the Church Militant( The Church in this world, that struggles with
the fallacies of men) and the Church Triumphant(The Church that is
ever victorious, against whom the Gates of Hell will not prevail).
Seeing the ceaseless quarrels and divisions among those who proclaim
the same faith, perhaps one may be tempted to think of the Church
always in the above mentioned terms and draw some sort of permanent
division. Yet we are warned not to do so always, after all Our
faith, Our Orthodoxy is mystical. Our Qurbana is deeply mystical.
Through human eyes one will see plenty of incense,glorious
vestements and perhaps feel an aching leg. Yet through mystical
eyes, one may be Graced to see an angel..
Christ in the Gospels, prays that All May be One. This is for us a
Great Commission. Each of our actions have to be measured against
the words of our Lord. After all as the psamist say " How glorious
it is to see, brothers living in harmony".
I confess, I somehow cannot reconcile myself to talk of a clean
break. In diaspora churches, established by each community one can
get through life without ever hearing of the other faction. Yet in
Kerala, families and churches are divided or closed. The partition
of India and Pakistan was supposed to be clean and surgical. 60
years on, the hatred and animosity is to be seen to be believed.
Also we have to be clear whether on what the example of the Church
through the ages is, what do the Canons say, what have the Holy
Fathers said. Similar situations have been encountered in all
All this should be lamps unto our feet. The Church went through
difficult times always, yet it has always come through . I am sure
we in Malankara too will be able to get through these difficult
C. Suraj Iype