Let us pray, peace be with us:

"The Cross that has been the cause of our good and by which our mortal humanity was set free,
O Lord, be for us a strong fortress. And by this Cross, we shall overcome the wicked one and All his devices."

(Syro-Malabar Qurbana)


                     THE NAZRANI        "The Truth will make you free"

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------            Vol. 20, No. 12            New Delhi            Christmas, 2010                         --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------



For most of us, Christmas is the celebration of the birth of an innocent  baby boy, one who would grow up and do more good than any other man, make the blind see, the deaf hear, the crippled walk, and the dead rise. For some, he even offers his life on the cross in exchange for men's sins and for their salvation. But for us Nazranis, this Feast marks the coming in the flesh of none other than God Himself.  Iso M'siha is no mere man; He is the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, God the Son, God the Word: And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14).


Most of us celebrate Christmas exchanging gifts. We are called to offer our gifts to Christ, rather than to seek gifts from others. We are reminded of the gifts of the wise men, on behalf of the entire human race: gold, as they acknowledged the sovereignty of the only true King; frankincense, as they knelt in worship of the only true God; and myrrh, because Iso' M'siha, the bearer of the Resurrection, would abolish death and there would no longer be need of the ointment that was used in burial. 


We are called to offer the Incarnate God the gifts of our faith, our hope, our love; He seeks our repentance, our confession, and our return to the narrow path that leads to His Kingdom; He desires our whole life, our membership in His Body, our commitment to the building up of His Holy Church. In return for this total offering, we will receive what Adam lost in Paradise, communion with Him!  In return He offers us His Body and Blood as a pledge of eternal life with Him in His heavenly Kingdom.  Nothing is permanent in this world. We have visas here on earth, but our passports are issued from the Kingdom of God.


Let us ask our Lord to favour us with every joy during this Nativity Season and in the coming New Year 2011



Goayile Marthoma Christianikal

Interview with Rev Fr. Dr. Hubert O Mascarenhas

(Reproduced and translated from the Silver Jubilee Souvenir of the Archdiocese of Tellicherry, 1970. Originally published in the New Leader)

Click here