A Blessed Christmas - 2007 and a Happy and prosperous New Year - 2008.
- The sublime nature of celebrating the Divine Nativity of Christ, our
Savior is related to one's response to the Blessed Child born in
Bethlehem 2000 years ago. The response of the innkeeper is relevant
in contemporary times; when Joseph and Virgin Mary wanted to find a
room where the Heavenly Child could be born. He was not unfriendly,
but his inn was packed, his hands were full, his mind was
This is the answer that brings forth, even by Christians today. Like
the innkeeper in Bethlehem, we cannot find room for Christ. All the
accommodations in our hearts are already taken up by other crowding
interests. The response is neither atheism nor defiance. It is
preoccupation and the feeling of being able to get on reasonably
well without Christianity.
But the response of The Magi the Wise Men through their
suffering for the Christ Child is the perfect laudable example of
accepting the Savior. It is imperative that we keep Christ and His
interest in our Christmas Celebrations.
With the benediction from His Eminence Archbishop Mor Titus Yeldho,
on behalf of the Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church
in North America, my humble self wish all the esteemed readers of
SOCM Forum, a Blessed Christmas - 2007 and a Happy and prosperous
New Year - 2008.
May God bless us all and the Holy Church.
Fr. Mathai Varkey Puthukkunnathu
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox
Church in North America
St. Ignatius Elias III Syrian Orthodox Church, Atlanta,