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)

February 2019

From the Presbyter's Desk:

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

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

We are entering a new month of this year. The previous two months were unexpectedly cold for the Mumbai climate. The Almighty God was gracious and merciful and we were all kept safe from these uncertain changes in the environment. As per the church calendar, we have in the past few months gone from the season of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany and soon will enter the Lenten season, which was represented by the liturgical colors of the church; violet, white, green and soon violet. These changes represent the shifting seasons that the church has to go through.

In the gospel, Jesus curses a fig tree even though it was out of season (Mk 11:12-14). This may seem unfair to many even today, for after all it was not the season of figs. Scholars are of the view that it was possible to predict beforehand, if a tree would bear figs that season. The presence of small knobs (called taqsh) found between the leaves, was an indicator of the fruitfulness much before the actual fruits started to grow. So in short, even though it was not the time of figs when Jesus looked at the tree, it was possible to tell by its looks, whether it would later bear fruits that season. The absence of this indication was sufficient to declare it a fruitless and hopeless tree.

As Christians, we are all called to bear fruit in season and out of season. The fruit of the Spirit is mentioned in Gal 5:22,23. If we fail to do so, we too will also be cursed. This is amply illustrated in Jesus’ parable mentioned in Lk 13:6-9. It may also be possible that, some of us are not able to bear that aforementioned fruit at present. But be assured there will be certain indications, for in the same parable, our Master is explained to us as nurturing and caring, waiting in patience. So let us not give up hope and strive to move forward in our spiritual journey to bear the fruit of the Spirit in these changing seasons.

I wish you all a pleasant and a meaningful February.

In Christ,

Jess Mathew Achen.