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Letter From Fr. Abraham "IS GOD STILL IN CHARGE"

IS GOD STILL IN CHARGE? This is a question that many may have at this time of unprecedented tribulation in our lives and in the world. Or may be its variations like: Does God care? Why is God doing nothing? etc. I hear some people, including preachers, interpreting this pandemic as a time of God’s judgment because of our sins! They quote Bible verses to prove their point.

I strongly beg to differ as I humbly acknowledge the need for turning to God in repentance as there is sinfulness in me and in all of us. Evil in the world is a reality. Even though certain kinds of evil cannot be fully explained, we know that many of the evils (accidents, sickness, pollution, violence, killings, etc.) are due to wrong choices people make. The present coronavirus is part of such bad choices, and the continued bad choices made it get out of hand, wreaking havoc around us. The God revealed to us by Jesus Christ is a God of love and compassion. God is not there to punish us but to welcome us as we turn to Him – in good times and in bad. Whether we are in good relationship with Him or not, God wants us to have a life of joy, peace and fellowship with all.

Even when people make bad choices, God brings good out of those. That is God’s promise: “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.” (Romans 8:28). There are many Biblical examples of this truth. One of the readings we had for a weekday Mass during this Lent was about the familiar story of Joseph who was hated by his brothers who first threw him into a well and later sold him to some Egyptian merchants (Genesis 37). God used that misfortune for good when it was Joseph who saved the nation of Egypt, the nation of Israel and others, including his own brothers, from a catastrophic famine (Genesis chapters 41-50). Listen to the words Joseph himself says how God used his bad situation for good: “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives” (Genesis 50:20)

One good this pandemic is already bringing about, is connecting to God as never before. This is an opportunity for us to realize that we are not in charge as we are taught to believe, that our trust in all the capabilities we have – all the most advanced mechanisms, amenities, equipment, weapons, medicine, etc. – are only limited. We acknowledge that there is a greater power who is really in control. Jesus taught us that this higher power is our loving God who wants our happiness by following His path.

We continue to cooperate with our civil and government authorities. All of us are limited with the many restrictions of movement. But we are grateful to God that we can still communicate to our near and dear ones no matter where they are. We are grateful to God that Holy Mass, Reflections and communications are available to us through our parish website and other social media. Let us make maximum use of these for our spiritual nourishment and be happy and hopeful as we take care of ourselves and our dear ones during our stay at home during this time of crisis. Know that Msgr. Curry and myself keep you all in our prayers as we continue to offer daily Mass.
Your brother in Christ,

Fr. Abraham Orapankal

Let us keep taking all precautions and keep praying, because though we do not know what the future holds for us, the good news is that we know who holds our future!

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From the Pastoral Staff

Fr. Abraham's Series on HEALING OUR PARISH (Feb. 24)

Click here to read all parts of Fr. Abraham's series on Healing Our Parish: http://www.stmatthias.net/connect/HealingOurParish