All my dearly beloved on in Christ,
Those who witnessed Jesus's action beside the sea of Galilee ( Sea of Tiberius ) is the approach of Love and Affection. The Holy Presence of Jesus in the midst of short term discomfort comforted the Apostles from despair.
The Holy Gospel for second Sunday after Easter is from St. John 21: 1-14. This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His Apostles after glorious Resurrection. St. John 21: 12-13 says: "Jesus said to them, “COME AND EAT BREAKFAST" . Yet none of the Disciples dared ask Him “ Who are You? " --knowing that IT WAS THE LORD. "Jesus then came and took bread and gave to them, and likewise the fish."
Imagine, what the Apostles must have felt?. These professional fishermen had spent an entire night fishing and hadn’t caught anything. Remember, when they obeyed Jesus they caught 153 large fish. As strange as it may sound that is how the recovery process works. When we have tried everything and finally admit and realize our helplessness, we need to insight to follow God’s instructions for healthy living. It may seem foolish at first, but as we TRUST GOD and obey His Will, we experience that God’s Power can rebuild our life. We have no clues about when the Pandemic might subside. Now a days, the short term Dis comfort is becoming log - term despair. Our deep faith in In the Almighty God reflects the insight and empower us to ENCOUNTER with Unusual circumstances. A pot was once asked : How do you remain cool in every situation?. The pot answered, "I just remind myself that I am made of mud and will return to mud. Then why have Pride and Anger?."
Wondering how to Meditate?.
If we know how to worry, we know how to meditate. Remember, worry is simply negative meditation. . When we worry with out hope, brings negative thought and go over in our mind. BUT when we Meditate and practice Retreat with Scripture Passage and Liturgical Services in our mind, WILL PRODUCE POSITIVE RESULTS. We can pronounce it aloud or silence with the meditating theme over and over, results peace and calm in our life . Let us live in hope, strong, and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified. Remember, the words of Manasseh: 2 Chronicles 33: 12--13 says: “Now when he was in affliction, he sought the face of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, and prayed to Him. And the Lord received his entreaty, heard his cry, and brought him back to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord was God. “
Our Lord and our God goes with us, He will never leave us nor forsake us. 1 Peter 5:7 says: "Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about what happens to you." Our life cannot be fair at all time, but goes good. Life is too short to waist. Agree to disagree. Make peace with our past and no one is happiness of you except you.
When we are journeying through passions life, in the midst of facing seriously MENTAL HEALTH ISSUE , find how to get relief from rough and post partum depression. We can stream for more life saving messages. Appreciate our Relief efforts, we can be better, everyone can be better and need level of love, caring and empathy. The recent famous hit song “GOOD JOB “ reflects the approach of mental mood and focus to lift up with Empowerment and Empathy. As the Apostles discovered the Truth, let us also enlighten with spiritual insight.
May God bless us to be best of us, to project the virtues and qualities, with helping hands and offering peace, comfort and hope . ONE SMALL THING CAN DETERMINE FOR TOMORROW.
God Almighty Bless us All. Amen.
V. Rev. Dr. Varughese Plamthottathil Chor Episcopos
Vicar and President of St. Baselios Orthodox Church, New York, U.S.A.