My dear brothers, my dear Sisters and my dear children,
It is my privilege to greet you all in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Grace, Mercy and Peace from God the Father, God the Son and the Holy Spirit, be with you always. Praise is to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. As the Vicar of Germany Mar Thoma congregation, I always thank God Almighty for all of you and for your commitment in Christ for the Kingdom of God. As a part of the Malankara MarThoma Church of Malabar, our mission is to win all men and women for His kingdom and for the glory of God. After the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, He assured his disciples the power of the Holy Spirit and he gave them a mission and promised them His presence. As per this mission, the disciples founded Churches in different parts of the world.
The word ‘church’ normally means an assembly of Christians or that of a church building. In the New Testament, the Greek word ‘Ekklessia’ means a called out community. Thus the Church is a called out community of believers. In other words, church is the people of God. Basically, the church was formed when Jesus called the disciples. Church is not our selection but it is chosen and selected by our Lord Jesus Christ. As a house hold of God, Christ is the head of the family and we are His body. So it is a fellowship of believers. In this context, fellowship is to understand each other and to love each other. In order to maintain fellowship, we should walk in the light of the word of God. Walking in the light of the word of God and walking with Jesus Christ is an enriching experience. According to the Bible, the story of Emmaus is a walking together with Christ. After the resurrection, the Emmaus story became a historical (St Luke 24 .13-31) event or a communication event in the history of Christianity. The Bible says that “as they walked and discussed these things; with each other; Jesus came up and walked along with them…” In this passage we can see the secret of walking together. Emmaus is a walking together with Jesus Christ. As they talked and discussed the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them. Here we can understand Jesus’ engagement with the people who were in despair and trouble. Our Lord Jesus comes to us at the right time and at the right place. In other words, he is an Immanuel God in the midst of desperate conditions. Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him –rooted in him and built up in him. Walking in Christ Jesus is nothing but a submission to the Lordship of Christ. To walk means to obey the will of God. St Paul says …I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord beseech you that you walk worthy of the vocation. In this we can see an abiding experience in Christ. So let us walk together with God and let us go together for the glory of God .Togetherness is joyfulness. Abiding with Jesus and with others is an experience and it is a challenge. Abiding with others is a caring relationship and it is a responsibility. Abiding is knowing and loving each other. Let us walk together and worship together. May the word of God dwell richly in our hearts from hour to hour so that all may see the power and glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
With all best wishes and prayers,
In His Ministry, Rev. Jose Punamadam,