Presbyter's Message

Motto for the Year 2019

"But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; They will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint"
(Isaiah 40:31)

December 2019

From the Presbyter's Desk:

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

May the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ be praised forever and ever.

We are drawing near the end of yet another year. No matter what the year was like, we fill our hearts with thoughts about a beautiful Christmas season. Very often we have heard the words ‘the joy of Christmas’ that we tend to overlook what it actually means. Was it really a time of joy when Jesus was born?

There was fear and uncertainty in the minds of Joseph and Mary when it was announced to them that Jesus would be born (Mt 1:20, Lk 1:29) and when they were denied a room (Lk 2:7), fear in the hearts of the shepherds when they saw the angels (Lk 2:9), doubt in the mind of Herod (Mt 2:3) questions in the minds of the wise men (Mt 2:12). Whom do we find rejoicing at the birth of the baby Jesus? All those who finally saw the child of God, were filled with joy (Mt 2:10). We read that the people in darkness saw a great light (Mt 4:16). The light and the joy of Christmas is the baby Jesus himself.

What is the joy of Christmas today for us as church goers? It must go beyond the singing of traditional Christmas hymns, decorating our homes or having grand meals with friends and family. The joy of Christmas, has always been the birth of the child, who was and is the Redeemer of the world. Out of God’s great love for His creation, he sent His son for the sinful, so that they may be saved (Jn 3:16). The birth of this child symbolized the great gift of giving from God Himself. The CNI Diocese of Mumbai, has selected the theme “Sharing the joy of Christmas” as the theme for the month of December. Let us therefore, make our Christmas a month for sharing, caring and giving – that of our time, efforts, talents, resources, love and friendship. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

In Christ,
Jess Mathew Achen.