Message from Fr. Sunil Paul Chiriyankandath:

Dear Saint Alphonsa Family,

Take U turn While we are traveling we may hear the voice from the navigator "please take U turn", because we are traveling to the opposite direction. Yet we don't mind the navigator, we may not reach the destination and we may ends in deep trouble.

We are starting a new liturgical season -'Lenten Season'. The spirit of the season is that we have to pause our life for a while and examine whether we are on the right direction. As a catholic, our destination is God the father. When disciple asked Jesus about the way to reach Heavenly Father He said, "I am the Way; I am Truth and Life. No one can come to the Father except through me" (John 14/6). The life of jesus was centered around the two great commandments which can be seen in the answer Jesus given to the Pharisees regarding the greatest commandment of the Law. "You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second resembles it: You must love your neighbor as yourself" (Mathew 22/37-39).

Have we really experienced the Love of God? Only by then we can love God and our Neighbor. St. Paul explains the love of God as follows: "Love is always patient and kind; love is never jealous; love is not boastful or conceited, it is never rude and never seeks its own advantage, it does not take offenses or store up grievances. Love does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but finds its joy in the truth. It is always ready to make allowances, to trust, to hope and to endure whatever comes" (1Cor 13/4-6).

We can review our lives in this Lenten season. Do our thoughts, words and deeds navigates ourselves to the Heavenly Father? If not it is time to take 'U turn' and return to the God's love. Jesus wants us to make minor corrections in our life. Dedicate some more time to God, love our parents, siblings, spouse and children. Support the weak people, visit the sick and pray for them. To the children, love and appreciate your parents, teachers, siblings and don't compromise your role and responsibility as a student. Last but not least remember the silent steps of God in your life.

I wish all a fruitful and blessed Lenten season!!!

Sincerely yours in Christ

Sunilachan

Fr. Sunil Paul Chiriyankandath