From the Diocesan Episcopa,

 

Dearly beloved in Christ,

            Greeting in the name of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ.

             The theme for this volume of Diocesan Herald is “Life in its fullness”. Jesus said, I have come that you may have life and have it abundantly. He also said in His self - revelatory declaration that “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life”.

            This affirmation of Jesus declares that the truth is made manifest in Him and the fullness of life in God is expressed in Him. To abide in Christ signifies the richer meaning of life and life in its abundance. This challenges us to go more deeply into the commandment of love. The commandment of love as the essential element of the faith makes it clear that faith and love forms unity.

            Mother Teresa once said, “The greatest disease of our time is neither leprosy nor cancer but people forget to love or smile”. When we are called to follow Jesus, it is our calling to follow the path, in search of truth experiencing the fullness of life that God revealed in Christ Jesus.  St. John uses three expressions to describe the relationship of communion.  Firstly, to designate the mutual abiding of the Father and the Son. The intense relationship between Jesus and the Father is well expressed when Jesus ask, “don’t you believe that I am in the Father and that the Father is in me”?

            Secondly, to designate the communion of the believers with the Father and the Son. Jesus says, “Abide in me as l abide in you, just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me”(Jn. 15:14) .

            Thirdly, to designate the mutual abiding of the believers, Holy Father, protect them, in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one”(Jn. 17:11b).

            Let us participate in all the activities of the diocese with such a commitment that Jesus revealed in His ministry. Jesus said “Son of man came not to be served but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Mk. 10:45). I appreciate the vicars, office – bears and all who are working together for the good functioning of the parishes and the diocese.

Let us do our best for God’s glory.

With prayers and regard,

Rt. Rev. Dr. Mathews Mar Makarios Episcopa

Diocesan Episcopa