Message from H.G. Ivanios Mathews Metropolitan
- Message from H.G. Ivanios Mathews Metropolitan:
Dear beloved readers of SOCM Forum and the Moderators,
After the Great Lent, we are passing through the experience of
the âPower of Resurrectionâ. Christianity is a way of life. All
the implementations of our Christian life anchored and proceeded
through the power of resurrection. The word of God became man, not
only lived, worked and died, but did rise from the dead. This has
happened only once in history. But the experience continuesâ¦â¦.!.
For us life is Christ â¦#34; centered One. According to St. Peter we are
the chosen people, ministers of the Kingdom, Holy people, a
congregation redeemed to proclaim the glories of Him, who has called
us out of darkness to His marvelous light. We are assigned to
proclaim this experience.
The manifestations of this great experience of resurrection could
work out by the following:-
(1) Worship: This is the basic character of the Church. Jesus
himself did not seek His own will, but the will of Him who sent
(St.John 5:30). Adoration happens when we experience the
greatness. The women Jesus met at Sichar village; Peter after
getting fish in abundance; Thomas after touching the resurrected
Christ, did really worship Him.
(2) Witness: Witnessing involves sacrifice. God send forth His
only begotten Son to this Earth. Jesus laid down His life for the
sake of saving the world. One can measure the love, by the extent
of sacrifice involved in it. Selfishness is the main obstacle of
love. Instead of selfishness, if one practices generosity then we
can eradicate selfishness. This will lead to the real witnessing.
(3) Sharing: Another mode to experience the power of resurrection
is sharing; this is really the fruit. As Christians we are in this
world not for us but for others. The âIâ concept must give way
to âWeâ. We are the managers to see everything equally
distributed. Along with Paul one will ask âwho shall separate us
from the love of Christâ (Romans 8:35).
May God bless us to enjoy the Power of Resurrection.
With love and prayers,
Ivanios Mathews Metropolitan.
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