Dear Beloved Parishioners,
“Here is my servant, whom I uphold,my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him,and he will bring justice to the nations” Isaiah 42:1
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed meto proclaim good news to the poor” Luke 4:18
Your Excellency Bishop Camillo, dear Rev. Fr. Varghese, Vice Provincial, and my brethren Priests and dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Reflecting on these words of the Holy Scripture, I feel immensely blessed and confident of the responsibilities entrusted to me. The anointed one is sent out to announce the Good News…., to proclaim the Lord’s goodness to people of all nations.
As I stand here before you at the altar of the Most High, there is a mixed feeling in me, “feeling of unworthiness and trust”,in shouldering this new responsibility, knowing that there will be trials ahead, peace & joy.
Although the task is immense and difficult, I am positive that the Lord who has called me to lead this parish, will guide and instruct me as he did to his first disciples; to recognize the fruits of God’s work among you, to assist you in the spiritual battles that come to us all and together to build the Church – The People of God.
Your Lordship, I thank you for the confidence you have shown in me by entrusting this task to me. I now seek your guidance and blessings in this new task to lead, instruct, serve and direct this parish in bringing Christ to all.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, I thank you for your presence and take this opportunity to promise that I will work with you for the unity and care of the people of God.
I seek your prayers and support as we move forward as a Faith filled community that Christ may work through me in drawing you closer to God’s Kingdom.
Yours in Christ
Fr. Selvraj Arockiam
The Parish Priest
A reading from the prophet Isaiah 11:1-10
He shall judge the poor with justice.
On that day, a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom. The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, a spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD, and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD. Not by appearance shall he judge, nor by hearsay shall he decide, but he shall judge the poor with justice, and decide aright for the land’s afflicted. He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked. Justice shall be the band around his waist, and faithfulness a belt upon his hips. Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; the calf and the young lion shall browse together, with a little child to guide them. The cow and the bear shall be neighbors, together their young shall rest; the lion shall eat hay like the ox. The baby shall play by the cobra’s den, and the child lay his hand on the adder’s lair. There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD, as water covers the sea. On that day, the root of Jesse, set up as a signal for the nations, the Gentiles shall seek out, for his dwelling shall be glorious.
The Word of the Lord
Responsorial Psalm Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17
R: JUSTICE SHALL FLOURISH IN HIS TIME, AND FULLNESS OF PEACE FOR EVER.
1. O God, with your judgment endow the king, and with your justice, the king’s son; he shall govern your people with justice and your afflicted ones with judgment. R
2. Justice shall flower in his days, and profound peace, till the moon be no more. May he rule from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth R
3. For he shall rescue the poor when he cries out, and the afflicted when he has no one to help him. He shall have pity for the lowly and the poor; the lives of the poor he shall save. R
4. May his name be blessed forever; as long as the sun his name shall remain. In him shall all the tribes of the earth be blessed;
all the nations shall proclaim his happiness. R
A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Romans 15:4-9
Christ saves everyone.
Brothers and sisters: Whatever was written previously was written for our instruction, that by endurance and by the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to think in harmony with one another, in keeping with Christ Jesus, that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Welcome one another, then, as Christ welcomed you, for the glory of God. For I say that Christ became a minister of the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, to confirm the promises to the patriarchs, but so that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written: Therefore, I will praise you among the Gentiles
and sing praises to your name.
The Word of the Lord
Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths: all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 3:1-12
Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” It was of him that the prophet Isaiah had spoken when he said: A voice of one crying out in the desert, Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. John wore clothing made of camel’s hair and had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. At that time Jerusalem, all Judea, and the whole region around the Jordan were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River as they acknowledged their sins. When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce good fruit as evidence of your repentance. And do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you, God can raise up children to Abraham from these stones. Even now the ax lies at the root of the trees. Therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. I am baptizing you with water, for repentance, but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I. I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in his hand. He will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
CELEBRANT: Let us pray to our brother and Lord Jesus that he may share his own Spirit with us, that our Lord himself may become visible and alive among us, his disciples today. Let us say: LORD, LIVE AMONG US.
1. That the Spirit of insight may guide the Church to proclaim always the Good News of the Kingdom forcefully, fearlessly, and with great compassion, let us pray. R
2. That the Spirit of wisdom may inspire the leaders of nations and all public officials with a vision of peace and justice for their people, let us pray. R
3. That the Spirit of counsel may animate all lawmakers to enrich their nation with just and fair laws, and that the courts may apply them with integrity, let us pray. R
4 That the Spirit of power may strengthen us to protect all that is weak and brittle and give us prophets to be the voice of the poor, let us pray. R
5. That the Spirit of knowledge may give us a deep insight in our faith and in our hearts, that we may learn to see and appreciate what God wants us to do to make his kingdom real, let us pray. R
6. That the Spirit of reverence of the Lord may induce us to respect and love one another out of respect for the Lord himself, let us pray. R
CELEBRANT: Lord Jesus be fully alive among us, that with your help we bring about that harmony with God, with one another, and with ourselves which is the sign that you are present. Be our Lord forever and ever. R/ Amen.