Hope you are enjoying the warm weather. Hope this conducive weather for the farmers keeps steady so that they can do the farming in the fields. Let us pray for them and a good weather to continue.
This week we celebrate Pentecost, the day of the Holy Spirit. May the Spirit of the Almighty be upon you all so that He is always with you in every walk of your life to guide and lead you with His infinite wisdom.
Sometimes I used to watch gameshows on the television where some trivia questions are asked and answers are obtained from the players. Once in a while there used to be questions regarding the religion and sometimes related to Christianity, bible and many other religion related ones. Whenever such kind of questions are asked I used to get excited and anxious as to what those people would answer. Sometimes the answers would be dumb and silly and sometimes good ones too. One such question was like this: Name a place where you find a lot of sinners. The answer that got more points was ‘The Church’. I am not sure what the person’s mind was when he said the answer. But I thought that it was a good answer and right one too.
I say that the answer was right. Because the church is not a place for all the saints, it is a place where the sinners have recourse to God to make themselves good persons, maybe a saint even. That is a place where God with all His love and might waits to meet us sinners and we, with all our sinfulness and humility are preparing ourselves to commune with God. That is why the church is called and considered a Holy place, not because we are there, but because God is there and He is there to welcome and embrace us. That is why it is a Holy place.
This leaves us with a responsibility, that is to help maintain that holiness. Every one who is there, is there to privately converse and commune with God. It is a place meant for that. To maintain the holiness is to let every person to involve and immerse themselves in the communion and conversation with God. This is possible only in an internal silence and serenity which is facilitated by external silence. To maintain external silence is an important and feasible way in which the personal communion with God can be made possible and effective. By permitting the external silence in the church, we assist each other to have a deeper conversation with God, each in his/her own way. That is the Christian charity.
Let us try to assist every person to be at peace in the Church and that may also help us a lot. This is a mutual assistance. May the Spirit who descended upon the early Christians be upon us all and help us practice that Christian charity.
Yours sincerely in the Risen Lord,
Fr. A. Antony