Devotional thoughts for the Koodos Etho
Sunday 2nd November 03.
Reading: From the Gospel of St. Matthew 16: 13-23.
Dear and Respected Brethren,
I am sure that the term � Koodos Etho � is familiar
to all of us, as it is the first Sunday of our Church
Calendar and as it�s literal meaning is �Sanctification
of the Church�. But I would like to remind all that
sanctification is not a new process, where as it is a
continuation process being carried out every year.
The Church, which was sanctified by God once
at the beginning, is being subjected to keep the same
freshness and purity of God�s original and first
sanctification. As the Church remains in the world,
our Church Fathers found it as a must to renew the
holiness and purity.
In the prescribed reading we hear our Lord�s question
�who am I in your opinion�, after listening to the
answers of the Apostles about the question about the
public�s opinion about our Lord. The leader of the Apostles,
St. Peter got the blessing to answer to our Lord promptly
and reasonably, as God the Father selected him to reveal
the truth at the proper time. As stated by Lord Jesus in
St. Matthew 16:18, (Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will
build my Church) the faith professed by St. Peter is the base
of the entire Christendom. Now let us go back to the first
day on which St. Peter met our Lord. St. John, the blessed
apostle whom our Lord loved most, has recorded this event
in his gospel chapter- 1:Verses 35-42. When St. Andrew (who
was already a disciple of St. John the Baptist) met Lord Jesus,
he recognized him as Messiah, for whom many were waiting till
then. When we examine the Old Testament we will come to know
that the sum and substance of it from the very beginning till
end is the expectation of the Savior of the entire mankind.
When Adam and Eve were forced to leave the Garden of Eden, God
who is real love had promised to send the savior. Then and there
started the expectation. Our Church honor St. Simeon and St. Hanna,
as representatives of the faithful who were in expectation of the
Savior, every year on 1st Feb. And all the disciples chosen by our
Lord were also belonging to the group who were in expectation of
the Savior (Messiah) So St. Andrew immediately ran to his house
and reported the glad tidings to his elder brother Simon and brought
him to the Lord. As soon as our Lord saw Simon, our Lord said,
"Thou art Simon, son of Jona thou shall be called Ce-phas,
which is by interpretation, a Stone�. (Chapter 1 Vs 42) In Aramaic,
Arabic as well as Greek languages Ce-phas is Petros. (Rock) This
incident is quoted here to say that all the disciples chosen by our
Lord were the blessed people who had long expectation about the arrival
of Messiah, the savior of mankind, even though they were fishermen by
profession. Andrew�s words to his brother are proving this truth.
We should not forget that our Lord is asking the same question to
each and every one of us daily. But we all are least bothered to
answer our Lord. In fact we are not listening the question even.
Our Lord will continue the question to us until we confess our faith.
We all usually get satisfied with the present style of spiritual life
namely, going to Church regularly and attending the worships as far
as we could etc. But in addition to all these practices, our Lord
wants a confirmation of faith or a sort of confession from each
faithful. We must confess the faith in our Lord like our Patron
saints St. Peter, (who said, you are the son of God) or like
St. Thomas(who said, My Lord and God) in St John 20:28)
Let us try to confess the faith declared by our Patron saints daily
in our lives. Let us accept Lord Jesus as our Lord and God.
May God bless us all.
Jose Kurian Puliyeril.