Birth Centenary of His Grace Most Rev. Dr. Philipose Mar Chrysostom
Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan at Thyagaraja Auditorium – New Delhi – 16 April 2017
Your Grace Most Rev. Dr. Philipose Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan, Diocesan Bishop Rt. Rev. Gregorios Mar Stephanos Episcopa, Reverend Fathers, my dear Sisters and Brothers in Jesus Christ,
It is a matter of great joy and happiness to attend the Birth Centenary Celebration of Most Rev. Dr. Philipose Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan. Your Grace, I extend to you my hearty congratulations and prayerful best wishes. As the Representative of His Holiness Pope Francis in India, I take this opportunity to impart to you loving greetings and Apostolic Blessings from the Holy Father.
When we celebrate any feast of a Bishop, a priest and a consecrated person, or when we commemorate a saint, we evoke the work of God’s grace, we celebrate His goodness and recognize the good that God does through the Church. I am happy to participate in this centenary celebration organized by the Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church, which is “our” feast, as it is the grateful celebration of the Servant of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I thank the Diocesan Bishop, Rt. Rev. Gregorios Mar Stephanos Episcopa; and I thank all of you here present, who welcomed me as in a family.The beautiful words that were written in the invitation letter, I now see them written your eyes and in your hearts.
Pray for me, for Pope Francis, for our life given to the Gospel. I will pray for you, so that the Lord may fill you with the blessings of the Spirit, and Mary, Mother of the Good Way, patron of Sicily, my native place, may always accompany all of you.
It is said that “the worth of a human being lies in the ability to extend oneself, to go outside oneself and to exist in and for other people”. All of you would agree with me that His Grace Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan is a great human being, a profound lover and leader of all people irrespective of caste and creed. Here, I make a reference to him with the words of Jesus from Luke 4: 14, based on the Book Isaiah: “the Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach Good News to the poor”. Many of you are a witness that with the anointment of the Spirit of the Lord, Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan is always enthusiastic to proclaim the Gospel Message to the people.
The Vatican Document Christus Dominus, in No. 16 notes that “in exercising their office of father and pastor the bishops should stand in the midst of their people as those who serve”. Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan, besides being a genuine Christian spiritual leader and fatherly shepherd of the people, is an ardent promoter of interreligious dialogue and of social and economic development. Being a man of innovation, he always looks for new knowledge, and updated ways of human, social and religious life.
To conclude with, I would like to address Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan as a Spiritual and Social Leader who is a Genius. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart says the following about a Genius: “Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius”. We could certainly say that Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan has a lofty degree of intelligence and imagination and above all a Big Heart with full of Love and humour. Let Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan be an example, for all of us, in living our Christian and social life in the modern world. May God bless you. Thank you.