Your Eminance Saydna Malathiose Malki Malki, Very Rev Fr. Zeki Zetrune Corepiscopa my dear kids respected Parents and Teachers. Good evening to all.
As we celebrate our Sunday school day, I would like to appreciate the teachers who took effort to prepare the kids for performing marvelous activities and parents who took pain to bring the kids for practice on these days and the children who are willing to perform good events for us. I congratulate you to the same. As a servant of the Lord it is my responsibility to remind you about our Christian vocation again. According to the Syrian Orthodox church Understanding Christian Family is defined as a domestic church. A church where God is worshiped as the Lord.
At the time of Baptism of Our church we used to sing “one has delivered and other one is looking after it”. Church is the one who is responsible to look after the child who is dedicated to the Lord, on the day of Baptism. It is the responsibility of the parents and all the Christian fellow beings to cater the kids in divine Spirit. I personally know that you are putting much effort to help our children to grow up in true Christian Spirit. Children are like a sponge. They will absorb what they hear and what they see. They will absorb only what they are in contact through their 5 senses. It is our life, our words and actions that are the model for our child to imitate. Christian Education has to be taken place with in the House. In Sunday school we can give only some guidelines for that. The Sunday school teacher can teach the child how to pray in the morning and evening, but it is the responsibility of the parents to help them to pray in morning and evening everyday.
In 2 Cori 3: 3 St Paul says “It's clear that you are Christ's letter, written as a result of our ministry. You are a letter written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, a letter written not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” As St. Paul Says-dear parents and teaches let us be a Christ’s letter where our kids can see Jesus, where they can experience the unselfishness love of Jesus, where they can experience the healing touch of Jesus, where they can hear the word of God- Where they can enjoy the peace of Christ-With whom they can practice the prayer life of Jesus Christ.
Once again I congratulate all the teachers and kids for your efforts.
May God bless you.