AHMEDABAD : Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios, Metropolitan of Ahmedabad, has extended his Christmas message to all the faithful of the church.
“Christ must take birth in our hearts as well. Only then will Christ die and resurrect in us to realise the salvation of entire universe and become a reality to the present world,” is the cornerstone of Dr Mar Yulios first message as a Bishop.
The Metropolitan in his Kalpana recalls the advent of Christmas when humans found favour at the sight of God. The angel, star, wise men, shepherds and a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, caroled: “Glory to God in the highest,and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
At the fullness of time God took the first step towards donning salvation to humans, he points and quotes St Severus of Antioch: “One among the Holy Trinity becomes human.”
The Metropolitan mentions that in the beginning of salvation there was great joy for humans, which the Angel heralded to the shepherds at the birth of Jesus.
A a star shined to the wise men with this joyful message (above verse from Bible), which they were waiting for centuries, and brought them from the East! When the angels had returned to heaven, they said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
Dr Mar Yulios points out how the human beings in particular, who went astray and lost the original glory of God, were needed to be saved and extricated from the clutches of sin.
‘Christmas’ is traditionally understood as ‘Christ’s Mass’. His Grace notes that the word actually comes from the ancient Coptic Christian culture, a combination of two Coptic words that is Christos and Misa meaning Christ’s birth.
Dr Mar Yulios wishes all a wonderful and real Christmas and the coming new year be blessed and fruitful to all.
The Kalpana dated December 6, 2010 was issued from St Thomas Bishop’s House, Ahmedabad.