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

10/1/2018 6:48:32 PM

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

I greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
He called a little child to Him and placed the child among them. And he said: Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 18:2-3). November first Sunday, we are set apart as Sunday school day. In Matthew 18, We witness the beginning of the fourth discourse by Jesus. In this chapter He is addressing relationship within the church, the community of the kingdom. The assigned portion Particularly addresses the relationship among disciples. The disciples are arguing about Who will be greatest in the kingdom. For this Jesus answers their query through an object lesion. Normally models of heroes were suggested for their wards to imitate to be greatest in their life time. But Jesus points them to a child. Children were powerless, without status and utterly dependent on their parents. Jesus’ declaration is a challenge to accept limitation, weakness, and smallness. The unnamed boy was willing to share his meager meal, five barley loaves made from the cheapest of the locally grown grains and two fish of modest size. Jesus used it to accomplish one of the most spectacular miracles recorded in the Gospels. When we surrender our resources: our time talent and resources, no matter how little or imperfect, we can see God’s miraculous work in our lives. Andrew, the disciple is well known for connecting people to Jesus. In the miracle of the loves and fish, we here Jesus asking Philip if he knew of any place to buy food to feed the hungry crowd. Philip could not come up with a viable solution. Meanwhile Andrew understanding Jesus’s concern, checked around identified a boy willing to share his meal and brought him to Jesus. Andrew was truly a man of action, bringing people to Jesus.Motto of our Sunday school samajam is ‘come to Jesus and bring every child to Jesus.’ Gracious Lord help us like Andrew to bring others to you and turn our hearts and minds to become a true follower of Christ. Amen.

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)


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