Dearly Beloved in Christ,

Greetings to you all in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Let us give thanks to God for all his blessings in the last month. We are go-ing through Lenten season. Find out more time to spent with God and examine our Life in the Light of God Almighty. In this month, I would like to talk about the Christian home. Home is the place that is dearest on earth to most people. In our young and formative years, it exerts a powerful influence on us. It shapes our thoughts, feelings and attitudes to self, others, God, and the world. It is at home we form our concepts of who we are and what we are doing here at all. From home and family, we get our first ideas about the kind of person we are and how other feel about us.

Above all, home is the place where we expect to be at peace. But neither in the home nor anywhere else in the world can there be true peace, the peace of Christ, at the cost of justice and charity. Each member of the family bears some responsibility for the peace of all in the home. All too often we leave our best behavior outside the hall door and bring into the family a shoulder laden with chips collected during the day’s busy-ness. The need for relaxation or self-expression is not an excuse for selfish behavior. There is no signing off time for Christian love. The members of our family are who our sisters and brothers in Christ and are due at least as much consideration and respect as the people we study, play or work with.

The truly Christian home will be one that gives of its goods, time and concern for the wider human family. The poor, the lonely, the rejected will not be neglected in the cares of self-interest, even collective self-interest in the name of the family.

“Make your home in me and I make mine in you” (Jn 15:4). These words of Jesus contain an invitation and promise. We are invited to be at home in God’s presence, in his life, in his very self. If we accept his invitation, then he will be at home in us. His powerful help will be available to us in every situation.

The earthly home becomes a reflection of our heavenly home, with God as its center. Such a home will radiate peace, joy and love. All this, of course, doesn’t come ready-made. It requires a real desire to have God at the center of each individual life and of the total family life. But as Psalm 127 says, “Unless the Lord builds the house, in vain do its builders labor.” May the Almighty God Bless each one of you in the coming days.

In Christ's service
Aji Achen

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