WELCOME TO CHRIST CHURCH
Christ Church, Trivandrum, which was consecrated in 1859, is the oldest church in the city. Set in sylvan surroundings, it is centrally located in the Palayam area, between the Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium and the University Stadium, and with the Kerala Legislative Complex on one side and the arterial Mahatma Gandhi Road on the other.
The Church itself is an elegant building, built in the Gothic style, with beautiful stained glass windows portraying The Good Shepherd. The windows on the walls depict the twelve disciples (and their symbols) and others associated with the life of Jesus.
Greetings to you in the precious name of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ.
This financial year 2016-2017 is remarkable in the history of the Diocese of Madhya Kerala. As the valedictory function of the Bicentenary celebrations of the arrival of the first CMS missionary to Kerala was conducted during the month of November; in January the Diocese had hosted the 35th Session of the CSI Synod at Kottayam after a break of 38 years and as usual we have just conducted the 51st Tripple Jubilee memorial Convention of the CMS missionary Advent at Baker Compound. But one of the greatest events which ever remembered in the history of the Diocese was that our beloved Bishop, the Rt Rev Thomas K Oommen was elevated to the highest post of our Church. This is the first time our Diocesan Bishop is becoming the Moderator of the Church of South India.
I would like to take this opportunity to offer His Grace, our congratulations and warm good wishes for this new responsibility.
The Second Sunday of February we used to celebrate as healing Ministry Sunday. The theme for the healing ministry Sunday is “Partnering together in the healing ministry of the Church.” The theme is very central to our life as it focuses on the Church and our partnership in the healing ministry. In this world there is the cry for healing. Mk.10:46-52. The healing of the blind man in Jericho is recorded by all the synoptic gospels. But mark tells us that his name was Bartimaeus. The blind cried out “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.” The people around Jesus tried to silence him, but that only made him cry out louder. His persistent cry made Jesus stand still and ask him, “What do you want me to do for you”. The blind man said to him, “Master, let me receive my sight.” Not only did he ask for what was essential for him, but also demonstrated perseverant faith in Jesus.
This passage compels us to reflect on several issues. Are we trying to silence the cries of the silent majority that are so desperately in need of Jesus’ healing? As a Church are we obstacles rather than enablers in bringing the lost to salvation? Are we sensitive to the cries of the poor and the have-nots? After murdering his brother, Cain confronted by God. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” he asked. And the Lord said, “The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground” (Gen 4:10). Jesus too was very receptive to the earnest cries of the people who needed Him. When Zacchaeus resolved to make a positive change, Jesus said, “For the Son of man came to seek and save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10)
As members of the body of Christ, the Church, we are mandated to further the healing ministry of Jesus and this is not restricted to the health professionals, hospitals and health agencies. It is the responsibility of every believers to reach out beyond the Church boundaries to the marginalised, oppressed and ostracized people and exercise our spiritual gifts to be agents of positive change and transformation.
May God help us sensitive to the cries of the people around us and to know their needs, and to help them.
C Y Thomas Achen