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Become instruments of peace and healing in this broken world: Mar Nicholovos

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It is “cliché” to talk about the themes of peace, love, and joy during this Holy Season. In the context of the American culture, it is probably the three themes emphasized during the months of November and December, and then forgotten the rest of the year.

We speak in a triumphant and emphatic manner when it comes to these themes in every divine office of the Church. Today however, we have either accepted a shallow understanding of them, or altogether have rejected them. The only theme we have consistently been living in is fear – the fear of terrorism, the fear of religion, the fear of mass shootings, the fear of refugees. This “culture of fear” has significantly grown and trapped us.

The Feast of Nativity is the celebration of the birth of Christ born to a family who was homeless and seeking refuge in Bethlehem. The Lord preferentially opted to be identified with the poor in His birth. The early parts of His life were spent as a refugee fleeing from the threatening political rulers of that time. Today, the world is being challenged by the presence of millions of refugees who are victims of the political “super powers”. We are reminded that the Lord is not in shopping malls or mansions but among the refugees and the homeless.

This feast is a reminder for us to advocate against the social and political structures that create refugees, and human suffering. This can be done if we actively accept peace, love, and joy – which are all in found in Jesus Christ – the new born King!

May this glorious Feast be an occasion for us to recommit ourselves to the Lord and become instruments of peace and healing in this broken world. May Christ the King, and Redeemer of our souls, sustain you and your loved ones on this Holy Day and throughout the New Year!

(Content of the Kalpana sent to all parishes of the Northeast American Diocese by the Metropolitan Zachariah Mar Nicholovos on the feast of the Nativity bearing the NO. CK.No.16/2015)

2 replies on “Become instruments of peace and healing in this broken world: Mar Nicholovos”

“The only theme we have consistently been living in is fear–the fear of terrorism,
the fear of religion, the fear of mass shooting, the fear of refugees. The “culture of fear” has significantly grown and trapped us”.

The crash in real estate-gold-oil etc has taken away trillions of dollars from the world economy. The oil stock crash has taken away 60% of its stock value, the oil stock billionaires have been degraded to millionaires. The humanity’s deity was these subjects, but now they are afraid through trusting in the wrong things.

JESUS was born in a manger, but at the cross the most powerful person,
Governor Pilate wrote in three languages, Latin-Greek and Aramaic
(JESUS spoke that language) ” JESUS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS”, that has been recorded in all the four gospels. When the Jewish leaders tried to rectify
the Governor Pilate that JESUS claimed that He was the king of the Jews, but
the Governor affirmatively responded ” what I have written is what I have written”.

Here the manger-born has been crucified as the King of the Jews, and the same
Kings is telling to the whole humanity now plagued and trapped with fear,
“PEACE I LEAVE WITH YOU, MY PEACE I GIVE YOU. I DO NOT GIVE TO YOU AS THE WORLD GIVES. DO NOT LET YOUR HEART BE TROUBLED AND DON’T BE AFRAID’ John 14:27.

HAPPY NEW YEAR WITH THAT PEACE; THE ONLY SOLID PEACE ON EARTH.

It is true that Jesus Christ, the Lord preferentially opted to be identified with the poor, by taking birth in a cattle shed! It is also true that we are reminded that the Lord is not in shopping malls or mansions, but among the refugees and the homeless!

Then how come the present day Christian church leaders, including Malankara Orthodox church bishops do want to live in Palace like Aramanas, spending most of their times in Aeroplanes, 5 star hotels, eating costly foods and enjoying their life like a king?

It is always easy to preach to others and really hard to practice what Jesus did!

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