Dr. Yuhanon Mar Demetrios, Assistant Metropolitan of Delhi Diocese, observed that true peace is not something that can easily be possessed or comfortably achieved but is attained by overcoming strife through justice, fairness and truthful perseverance with unfailing faith, in which process one aligns with and pleases God.
Quoting Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on WHOM HIS FAVOUR RESTS”, the Metropolitan said that God preferred to offer Peace to whom He is well pleased (‘Bhoomiyil Sampreethiyullavarkku Samadhanam’). God favored the very simple and straightforward shepherds and offered them His Peace through the Angel. Mar Demetrios also said that Peace even like grace is God’s sweet reward and gift and is secured by battling strife through the weapon of faithful persevering prayer. A continuous strife is in place between the ‘soul’ and ‘body’ of a faithful individual and with faithful wrestling between evil dominated body and God seeking soul, victory over evil and peace is achieved.
Dr. Mar Demetrios was giving the keynote speech at the 16th OCYM United Arab Emirates Zonal Conference at Saint Thomas Cathedral, Dubai on Thursday the 2nd December on the theme ‘Dialectics of Peace’.(‘Samadhanathinte Vairudhyadhmakatha’ or Paradox of faith).
Being the UAE National Day Holiday, the Metropolitan congratulated the UAE rulers and the residents and wished a Blessed 39th National Day observance and festival.
Metropolitan Mar Demetrios conveyed the blessings and heartfelt greetings of Metropolitan Job Mar Philoxinoes, the Delhi Diocesan Senior Metropolitan.
Shabu. S., the Head of News division at Dubai’s Hit FM 96.7 Radio, gave a touching insight to the life and challenges of the ‘Expatriate Life’.
Dr.Manojkumar of Herbal Treatment Centre,Dubai, a Allopathic Physician and Ayurvedic Doctor, gave a detailed talk on addictive elements and prevailing worldly and materialistic tendencies. An “Anti-Addiction Pledge” was also taken by the youth during the conference.
Shobin Philip Koshy led the debate on whether Church should ‘get involved in Politics or not’.
There was an Art Gallery as well as an Anti Addiction pictorial exhibition that was organized.
UAE Zonal President Fr. Aju Abraham presided over the meeting. Fr. Biju P Thomas, Vicar, St. Thomas Orthodox Cathedral, Dubai, gave the introductory address and Fr. Pathrose Joy welcomed the gathering.
Rinu Thomas, Zonal Secretary, and Manoj Thomas , Secretary, Dubai Unit also spoke on the occasion. Marydasan Thomas, Secretary, St.Thomas Orthodox Cathedral and Thomas George, Secretary GCC of OCYM offered felicitations.
Priests and delegates numbering over 500 from various emirates took part in the conference, which was reviewed and concluded in the evening by Metropolitan Dr. Mar Demetrios.