SALEM MAR THOMA CHURCH
EASTERN LONG ISLAND NEW YORK
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Our Vicar: Rev. Jose K. I.
Message from Rev Jose K I – Vicar and President

10/1/2019 6:48:32 PM

Dear Salem members,

I greet you in the precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

National conferences of various organizations are going on. Edavaka mission, senior citizen and youth fellowship conferences have been held. In October sevika sangham and yuvajana sakhyam conferences are held. By attending all these meetings, will be a blessing to our individual life and fellowship life. The month of October we are going to think about two things 1. The attitude towards differently abled people. 2. ‘Family, the place for a faith formation’. Throughout the Old Testament physical disability is viewed as a disease. The most common diseases mentioned in the Bible are blindness, deafness, dumbness, leprosy, and paralysis. Disability is attributed to God. The general view of the Old Testament writers is that God brings disability as punishment for transgressions for sin or as an expression of God's wrath for people's disobedience. It is seen as a curse and as a result of unbelief and ignorance. Apart from this image, the healing narratives in the Gospels also give an insight as liberative rather than discriminatory. Christ's mission on earth, which is spelt out clearly in Matthew 11:2-5 and Luke 4: 18-19 supports a liberative theology. When asked by John's disciples: "Are you He who is to come or do we look for another?" Jesus responded with words recalling the prophecies of Isaiah: "Go back and report to John what you hear and see; the blind recover their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, dead men are raised to life, and the poor have the Gospel preached to them" (Mt. 11:3-5). The family is supposed to provide the physical, emotional, social economic and spiritual needs of its members so that they can become productive and useful for God and His work in the earth. Through Cornelius Evangelist Luke draws out a model of a divine family even outside the Jewish tradition. Cornelius a centurion of Roman government made a separate stand by keeping his faith differently. By his profession he obliged to implement Roman imperialism to the people. But he made himself separately that how to cultivate a divine habitat within the family and his relatedness. There are four kinds of qualitative differences we can set apart for our thinking from the life of Cornelius. He was a devout man, He feared God with his entire household , Give alms liberally to the people, and He and his family prayed constantly to God. May God help us to equip and enrich to build and strengthen our family in faith , love and fellowship. Amen

With prayers, Lovingly Jose Achen

Jose Achen.
Church: 45 N Service Road, Dix Hills, NY 11746
Parsonage: 57 Stevenson Pl, Deer Park, New York 11729
Tel. 631-522-1431 (Home) 516-234-2657 (Mobile)
Email – vicar@salemmtc.org


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