Hope you are all doing well. By the time you read this I hope you all will be out of election fever. I hope you have exercised your voting power. The weather had been a bit nasty this past week. Not only that we lost three members from our parishes, two from St. Mary’s and one from St. Michael’s. They are: Don Wilcott, Mike Dillinger and Bob Ertl, respectively. May our prayers and support be with them always and especially at this time of loss and pain. As we celebrate the Veteran’s Day today, let us also remember them and their service to the nation. But for their sacrifice and commitment to the welfare of the country, this country would not be what it is now. Appreciation to all the veterans all over the country and in a special way to those that are from our parishes.
November 6th in India was a great festival for Hindus. That festival is based on a puranic story in which an evil incarnation called Narakasura was killed by another good incarnation called Sathyabahma, the mother of Naraskaura in the previous birth. So, this day of the killing of the evil incarnation is the day of the festival of Deepavali. The story may be true or may not be true. But the mainline and idea of the story is that the evil would be overcome by goodness. That is why the people celebrate this day happily by a lot of activities like burning crackers, buying new dress, making sweets and sharing, cleaning the house thoroughly, and having an oil bath. That day is also a good day for the business people when they would make a lot of profits by increases in the purchases.
This day is celebrated by Christians too, remembering that the Lord Jesus is the light of the world as He himself claimed in the scriptures. On this day solemn Holy Masses would be celebrated in the churches. This is an inculturation, that is absorbing the Indian culture into Christianity. While we try to imbibe the Indian culture, we keep the spirit of Christianity unstained.
Coming back to the festival, though sometimes the evil seems to thrive it is not always so. The evil will be overcome by good someday. And when that happens, the good will prevail forever. This is what we understand from the life of Christ too. That is the reason we are called to be the people of witness to Christ, which means to be the agents of goodness and truth. Though at times this may seem tough and a matter of impossibility, this is achievable. This needs a lot of courage and commitment. This is possible through perseverance and prayer.
From the things that we witness around the world, this age seems to be an era of evil. We are called to be the soldiers in the battle against evil. We are a people supported by the valiance of the Sacraments that we have received, from the teachings of Christ and His Church, we can definitely achieve the era of goodness and truth. Let us strive hard for that new age. God will be with us always. God bless.
Yours sincerely in Christ Jesus,
Fr. A. Antony