Lenten Message

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When we worship God in holiness, we don’t experience loneliness. Because he is always with us.

NCCI pays tribute to Ambedkar

Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar - Image taken from Google on 15.04.2011

The National Council of Churches in India (NCCI) paid glowing tributes to Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, the architect of the Indian constitution, on the occasion of his birth anniversary.

Indian Christian Theology is indebted to the philosophy of Dr. Ambedkar for invigorating contextual theologizing, said an NCCI statement.

The social action movements in the country and those within the Christian church owe a great deal to the Ambedkarite ideologues for its focus on disadvantaged and sociologically-discriminated communities such as the Dalits.

The NCCI joins all Ambedkarites in committing afresh to the abolition of caste in the Indian society.

The statement said 13 million Christians in the country salute the memory of this great soul who campaigned against caste and untouchability.

Ambedkar framed the provisions in the Indian constitution that guarantee special provisions for low castes for their advancement.

The constitution lists low castes and tribals as Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SC and ST) to ensure their social equality.

Source:NCCI Communications

Jesus is born for all of us

Picture of Child Jesus on 26.12.2010

The image of being born in the manger tells us that Jesus is born sinless for others. Jesus is born in the midst of cattle as the paschal lamb. Christ is born for the whole creation. Christmas is celebrated without limit, time and space. The birth of Jesus is not something that happened two thousand years ago, but it happens today and will happen tomorrow. Jesus is born in everybody’s hearts and everybody’s homes.

Isaiah’s prophesy is fulfilled now and today in the birth of Jesus: in darkness has light shined, for to us a child is born. Christmas is the celebration of the unbounded love of God which brings all of us the Salvation through our total self-surrender. St. Paul writes to Titus: God’s grace has been revealed, and it has made salvation possible for the whole human race and taught us what we have to do…’. Like the Angels we must sing the Glory to God in the Highest Heaven and like the shepherds we must leave behind our land to follow the Star to distant shores to see and to worship the Child. Let us rejoice because the Divine Child is born for us.

St Thomas the Apostle

A study in profile as revealed in the Gospels

Call to be Doubting Tomas

st-thomas-christl: Image from Google (14.12.2010).

“All ye, who boast of being spiritual children of the original Doubting Tom, you are invited now to swiftly shift into a rational mode worthy of him; for, you are going to discuss his character as revealed in the scripture. We shall look at him through the gospels. But, the important thing here is … please do not hesitate to throw up your doubts during the discussion. Gullible children in his spiritual bloodline ready to believe anything without evidence would put him to shame. So, please ask for evidence at every stage” – this was how Fr Zachariah, the Parish Priest, introduced the theme of the day at the family unit meeting. Continue reading

Ho imparato…. (It is an italian poem on friendship)


(Friends Forever: Image from Google (12.11.2010)
Ho imparato….
che nessuno è perfetto.
Finché non ti innamori.
Ho imparato… che la vita è dura….
Ma io di più!!! Continue reading

The Father loves His Son


(father-son1: Image from Google <11.11.2010>)
An 80 year old man was sitting on the sofa in his house along with his 45
years old highly educated son. Suddenly a crow perched on their window.

The Father asked his Son, “What is this?”

The Son replied “It is a crow”.

After a few minutes, the Father asked his Son the 2nd time, “What is this?”

The Son said “Father, I have just now told you “It’s a crow”. Continue reading

Ten Commandments: An open discussion at the Family Unit meeting

K X M John
22/10/10

The Ten Commandments. Image from Google (04.11.2010)

Meeting begins with a teenage challenge

Honour thy childrenthat kind of fourth commandment would give me greater comfort”, blurted Samson the young prodigy. “Honour the dignity of your children now; they would surely reciprocate, especially in your old age.” Samson was reacting to parish priest Fr Zachariah’s challenge at the family unit meeting. Fr Z had introduced the theme of the evening in his predictably unpredictable manner with the question: “Do you think all the Ten Commandments continue to be relevant in modern context?” Continue reading