Happy New Year!

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Dearly Beloved in Christ Jesus,

It is my pleasure to greet all of you at the dawn of 2012 in the name of the Lord who watches over us and keeps us guiding all the way “from the beginning of the year till its end.” The Lord does so in His amazing grace and with His immeasurable compassion. He is the One who provides for each day in our life and His goodness and kindness are incomparable.

Here is a New Year with fresh opportunities to cherish the love of God and His sweet communion. A brand New Year to love and serve Him more and more who loved us first, and that too, when we were unlovable! Behold, another season is at our disposal to demonstrate, both in words and deeds, our love and care for others. The New Year also provides us with opportunities to denounce falsehood, injustice and sin, and to cleave to truth and mercy rooted in righteousness and justice. We can now pursue the path of holiness for another year. A spiritual life characterized by truth and integrity, a social life that authentically reflects love, compassion and sacrifice, and a personal life that demonstrates the fruit of the Holy Spirit in action—let these three be our passion for the New Year. When we are sincere in our desire and motive, the Lord will enable and empower us to press on to these goals with the blessing of His Spirit of truth and holiness.

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love” (1 Corinthians 16: 13-14).

God bless our nations, our society, our church and our families.

In His service,

Most Rev. Dr. C. V. Mathew
Presiding Bishop

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