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Theme for the Month: Lord Jesus the Great Teacher, our Guru!


Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Greetings to you in the precious name of our Lord Jesus the Great Teacher, our Guru!

Teachers' Day is celebrated throughout our country to commemorate the life and vision of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the second President of our Nation. He was a great philosopher, a renowned diplomat, and a great teacher. According to Dr. Radhakrishnan, 'teachers should be the best minds in the country'. When some of his students requested him to allow them to celebrate his birthday on the 5th of September, Dr. Radhakrishnan said, 'instead of celebrating my birthday separately, it would be my proud privilege if September 5th is observed as Teachers' day'. Thus, the birthday of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, came to be celebrated as Teachers Day.

When our Nation celebrates Teachers Day, the Almanac of the Church of South India also calls us to remember the contributions teachers make in the life of our families, schools, and in our society. This month's first Sunday urges us to sit at the feet of our Lord Jesus, to learn the values of life and the values of the Kingdom of God. Jesus our Great Teacher has taught us the basic thing that we need - the fear of God as the beginning of wisdom. In today's world, as teachers and parents who are the first teachers in a child's life, face a big challenge to bring the children into this truth and lead them to God who is the source of all wisdom and knowledge. When this basic truth is deviated in our families, all other problems, surface. When we forget to depend upon God, and lean more on some of the modern technologies that distance us from God, we land up in difficult situations, and we also face dealing with relationship problems. We forget to understand and accept the contributions made by other members in human history. We fail to acknowledge and respect others, thereby create a huge gap between men and women, and get into strained relationships. We are not able to resolve our conflicts with one another and the gap between the young and old widen day by day.

The Themes from the Almanac for the Month make us understand that relationships are so important. We need to learn to understand the contributions made by women who are mothers and sisters as the persons who can influence us with so many things. It is also important that we honour the Senior Citizens as they bring their fruitful life and rich experience. We need to 'sit at the feet of Jesus' where we learn and get enlightened to be in a safe place for a safer life. May we as a faithful community, make a pledge that we have the heart to learn wherever it is needed, teach one another the gospel values within our own families and community so that we will be able to make an impact on those whom we interact with.

May our Lord Jesus, the Greatest Guru, bless and guide us to be good examples in all that we learn and practice.

Rev. Jessie Ranjan
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