From the Vicar's Desk...
10212 Fountaingate Drive
Stafford, TX 77477
Dearly beloved in Christ,
Greetings to you all in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Passion Week is a blessed time to meditate on the Cross of Christ. Let us prepare ourselves for the meaningful celebration of Easter, which undoubtedly help us to find our identity. Our identity cannot be separated from divine identity. According to Genesis:1-27”God made human in his own image.” Humanity has the image of the divine. If we lose the divine breath, we are nothing but dust. The divine qualities in us compose the real human.
On Friday disciples went back in desperate and hopelessness. Their lifetime dream of a liberator and the Messiah were scattered with the crucifixion of Christ. They gathered together and hid. They withdrew from society, they doubted their faith, and they even suspected their master. Not a single ray of hope is left behind. They started a journey with Jesus, hoping that Jesus is the expected Messiah and the King who will establish his power over the Roman Empire and set his people free. However, now, their life is made the attack.
Most of the disciples might have witnessed the trial and death of Christ. They affirmed their master’s death in their mind. They were trying to cope up with the situation. They did not think about visiting the tomb for the ceremonial ritual. But, the ordinary women flocks were not ready to leave their master forever. They took a brave step to visit the grave. They hoped against the hopelessness. There is no situation in our life and society where God cannot act and bring changes. Even in the worse conditions like death and sickness, there are rays of hope. We hope that “He is not here, He has risen.” Let us grow in the qualities through the celebration of the Holy Days ahead.
Our Yuvajanasakhyam is organizing a stage show named “Kaarunya Sparsham” for raising funds for poor and needy patients for their heart surgery in collaboration with St. Thomas Hospital, Kattanam, Kerala. We appreciate their good works and urge everyone to encourage them with your generous contribution and participation.
We look forward to all our Parish members’ active and prayerful participation in 2019 programs.
Let God almighty empower and sustain us to live for the glory of His name and the furtherance of His kingdom.
With love and prayers,
Yours in His service
Rev. Abraham Varghese (AnuAchen)
Vicar, Immanuel Mar Thoma Church, Houston