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OCTOBER 2005 SERMON - MALAYALAM
VOL:4 ISSUE:10

GLORY OF HIS COUNTENANCE
Imhns apJtXPv

By REV. FR. T. J. JOSHUA
(Professor, Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam)
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Light of Lord's Countenance is capable of alleviating all the problems and disturbances of our body and mind. Our Lord makes us full of joy with His countenance. We can see the face of God with full delight of pleasure, joy and happiness. We can also see great compassion and suffering in His face. Lord promised to us that His joy might remain in us, and our joy might be full. He is the one who rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

tbip{InkvXphns XncpapJtp Zrn ]Xnnphm\mWv ChnsS \tmSp BhiysSpXv. CXntep hfsc {]tXyIambn {instS thZhN\w CXmWv: "Fsd apJw At\zjnn Fp \n\np Iev]\ hp Fp Fsd lrZbw ]dbpp; btlmth, Rm \nsd apJw At\zjnpp.' (ko\w 27:8) ZmhoZp cmPmhns lrZbnemWv Cu tXm DmbXpw, Xs Cu Zi\n DunsmmWv Xm Cu {]kvXmh\ \SnbXpw. ZmhnZn\p kzbw A\p`hs Hcp hkvXpXbmWnXv. ssZhw Xs Zmk\mb ZmhoZn\p t\pt\sc \Inb Hcp ktiambncpp AXv. AXpsImmWv ZmhoZv Xs Imhnt\mSp hmZnp {]mnpXp: "btlmth Rm \ns apJw A\zjnpp, \ns XncpapJw F\np adpIfbcpsX!' "\ns apJw F\np {]IminnsWsa, \ns XncpapJtp t\mphm F\np kwKXnbmtWsa'; CXmbncntWw \psS HmtcmcpcptSbpw {]m\. Cu A\p`hns shfnnemWv ]mpImc ]mSpXv: "\n apJImnsb m\X \opw, \n a[pcmarXhN\w JnXbmIsh t]mpw' FXv.

ssZhapJns tXPv \psS PUnIhpw am\nIhpamb Fm {]iv\sfbpw AkzXIsfbpw Aenbnp Cmbva sNphm ]cym]vXamWv. ssZhns apJZmhn \npw DXnp tX\nepw tXIbnepw am[pcytadnb hN\amIp XncpsamgnI \psS Fm BIpesfbpw, BImwjIsfbpw, DWvTIsfbpw \nqe\w sNm ]cym]vXamWv.

Hcp acWnmc FmZnhkhpw Xs ]Wnimebntep t]mIptm Hcp tZhmebns apnIqSnbmWv ISps]mbvsmncpXv. tZhmebns IhmS ASp InSncppshnepw, B tZhmebns apIfntep Xs ZrnI ]Xnnv \nntaj\mbn \npXv B a\pjys Hcp ]Xnhmbncpp. As\ ]e Znhkfnepw Cu a\pjy apIfntep Ipw \p \np Cu ImgvN ]ecpw {inp. Atlw {]K\mb Hcp BimcnbmbncpXpsImv B tZhmeb\nmWnse Xpimkv{X]camb Fsnepw ]mIngI honpIbmbncnpw FmWv ]ecpw IcpXnbXv. Fm BgvNIfpw amkfpambn Cu ]Xnhp XpStm Nne AtltmSp tNmZnp; "FmWv Xm Cu tZhmebns apIfn \nconpXv?' Atlns adp]Sn hfsc {itbambncpp. Rm Fs Imhns Intep am{Xw t\mn As\ \nptm Imhv Fs Intepw t\mpw. R Atmpw Ctmpw In In t\mn Ipsd kabw NnehnSpw. B Znhks {]h\ġpth DtP\hpw Icppw Bss[cyhpw B XncpapJp\npw e`npp.

Cu cwKw DZmamb {]m\bpsS Hcp A\p`hamWv. ChnsS Almkan, Bt{Imian, hmpIfn, \nthZ\fpan. {]m\bn ebn [\yaplqw. {]m\sbpdnp ]ecpw [cnpshncnp {]mtbmKnI {]h\coXnI Hpw Xs ChnsS Dsmpn. au\ambpw \nambpw ssZhns IpIfntep t\mn kw`mjWw \Sp henb Hcp A\p`hamWnXv. {]m\p itImemlesfm, taftfm, kwKoXsam Hpw Bhiyan. Ccw Hcp {]m\bmbncpp thZimkv{X ]mnXysam `mh\mtijnsbm CmXncp B Xp]WnctXp.

lrZbns ^eIamWv apJw. a\ns ImSnbmWv apJw. Atm tbip{InkvXphns apJw \mw Zinptm Ahs lrZbhpw NnIfpw BWv \mw ImWpXpw \app A\p`hsSpXpw. B lrZbtmSmWv \mw Bibhn\nabw \SpXv. ssZhhynXzntep ISpsNphm \s klmbnpXmWv B apJZi\w.

Imhns apJtp \mw t\mptm Fsmw `mhfmWv \app B apJp ZriyamIpXv. B apJp ktmjns `mhapv, {]kXbpsS `mhapv, Zp:Jns `mhhpw Dsmppv. hmeyns, {]mKyns, \nbZmVyns, B{ZXbpsS; ChbpsSsbmw `mh B apJp kv^pcnppv. Chbnsemsbpw {][m\amb Nne `mhsfbmWv \psS Nnp hnjbo`hnnpXv.

  1. {]kXbpsS apJ`mhw [Face of Delightfulness]:
    B\hpw ktmjhpw \ndp\npXmWv Imhns apJw. Hcp ]s \mw Inp Imhns Fm Nn{Xfnepw Zp:Jw DdpIqSnbncnp Hcp apJamWv \app ZriyamIpXv. temIn GsXnepw Nn{XImc tbip{InkvXphns {]khZ\ambtXm, ]pncnp apJtmSpIqSnbtXm Hcp Nn{Xw hcXmbn Adnhn. Fm Imhv samgn Xs hN\fn IqSn hfsc {]khpw ktmj]qcnXhpamb Hcp apJamWv \app Zinphm km[npXv. tbmlms kphntijw 15mw Aymbw 11mw hmIyn Imhv ]dbpp: "Fsd ktmjw \nfn Ccnm\pw \nfpsS ktmjw ]qamIphm\pw Rm CXp \ntfmSp kwkmcnncnpp.' Fs ktmjw Fp Imhv ]dbWsan Xobmbpw B apJw {]kXbpXpXs BbncpncnWw.

    Imhv hopw ]dbpp; "Ctmtgm Rm \nsd ASp hcpp; Fsd ktmjw Ahp Dn ]qamtIXnp CXp temIn shp kwkmcnpp.' (tbmlm 17:13) Imhv AXohktmjw A\p`hnncpp FmWv Cu hN\fn \npw a\nemIpXv. FXnpIfpsSbpw hnai\fpsSbpw shphnfnIfpsSbpw \SphnemWv Imhns lrZbns Acmfn {]kXbpw ktmjhpw \ne\nncpXp FXv hfsc {itbamWv. `mcXob ssZhimkv{Xn B\aqn F ]Zw Cuizcs ]cymbamWv.

    GXp kmlNcynepw lrZbns ASnn ktmjw A\p`hnpI FXv ]cnipmmhns {]h\^eamWv. hnip ]usemkv Xs KemXy teJ\n ]dbpp: "Bmhnsd ^etam: tkv\lw, ktmjw, kam[m\w, ZoLa, Zb, ]tcm]Imcw, hnizkvXX' (KemXy 5:22). sshZy\mb hnip eqtmkns \S]Sn ]pkvXIn hmpIsImp am{Xw hc, AsmkvtXmenI k`bpsS AXnat\mlcamb Hcp \JNn{Xw Zinphm km[npw. "Hcpa\sp Zn\{Xn ssZhmebn IqSnhcnIbpw hon Aw \pdpnsmp Dmkhpw lrZb]camXbpw ]qp `Ww Ignbpw ssZhs kvXpXnbpw kIe P\nsd Ir] A\p`hnbpw sNbvXp.' (Atm. {]hrn 2:46) ktmjhpw B\hpw Dmkhpw A\p`hnncp Hcp kaqlambncpp BZnak`.

    \mw B\ndhnemIptm AdnbmsXXs lrZbn \npw DXnpbcp Hcp {]Xn`mkamWv Bktmjhpw AXn\npw DSseSpp Dmkhpw. alm\mb G{_lmw en a\pjys ktmjspdnp ]dnpXns\bmWv; "hynI AhcpsS a\ns\ Fs\ cq]sSpphm B{Klnppthm, AXn\\pkcWambn Ah ktmjaphcmbncnpw'. \psS ktmjw amcptSbpw Icfne nXnsNpXv. \psS ktmjw \psS Imhv \apv \Inbncnp AhImiamWv. AhImifn ISaIfpw Dsmncnpp. AXp BcoIhpw am\nIhpamb Hcp AhbpsS {]Xn^e\amWv.

    hnkvXmcn\p tdmantep sImph ]usemkv cp hjw Ignnpw hnkvXmcw IgnbmsX XShn IgnbpIbmWv. ssIIfpw ImepIfpw NeIfm _nXamWv Fmbvtmgpw Imh]SbmfnI Xs {]hrnIsfbpw hmpIsfbpw \nconpsImncnpp. bmsXmcp kzmX{yhpan. C{Xbpw IXIfpsSbpw {]bmkfpsSbpw {]XnIqe kmlNcyn CcppsImmWv ]usemkv shdpw \mep Aymb am{Xap Hcp sNdnb teJ\w ^nennbp FgpXpXv. "ktmjtmsS {]mnn', "Imhn Ftmgpw ktmjnn', 'cw Hgntnhmepw Rm ktmjnpw', "Fsd ktmjw ]qamphn' Fo Blzm\tfmsS ]Xnt\gp {]mhiyamWv ktmjw F hmp Xs ktmjhpw IncoShpambp ^nennbsgpXnb Cu sNdnb teJ\n ]usemkv D]tbmKnncnpXv.

    ]ecpw ktmjn\pw Dmkn\pwthn ]ebnSfnepw ]cXn\Spp. ktmjn\pw Bizmkn\pwthn ]ecpw aZyn\p ASnabmIpp. Fm _mlyambncnp ]ZmsImpw D]m[nIsImpw e`np ktmjw ss\njnIhpw \mitlXphpw BWv. B\ndhnep ktmjsam Agnpt]mImXpw A\izchpamWv. AXv \nXyXbntep \s \bnpp.

    hnip ]s{Xmkv Xs teJ\n ]dbpp; "\nfpsS hnizmknsd Aamb Bc {]m]nbpw ]dpXocmXpw alnabpXpamb ktmjtmsS B\nbpw sNpp.' (1 ]s{Xmkv 1:9) {InkvXob ktmjns A\p`hsnbmWv ]s{Xmkv ChnsS {]Xn]mZnpXv. \app [mcmfw kmZyfpmImw. Fm euIoIkpJfpw \mw A\p`hnppmImw. Fm CXnsemnepw ssZhns Bmhv \apv hmKvZm\w sNbvXncnp alnabp ktmjw e`yamIpn.

    AXpsImv tbip{InkvXphns mbnbmbXpw {]ISambXpamb apJ`mhw {]kXbptSXmbncpp. Cu `mhw ]cnipmmhn\m e`yamb Zm\amWv. Hcp {InkvXym\nsb kw_nnStmfw Ahs mbnbmb `mhw apJs {]kX BbncnWw.

  2. ImcpWyns apJ`mhw [Face of Compassion]:
    "Ah IcbpXpw AhtfmSpIqsS h sblqZm IcbpXpw tbip Inp Dw s\mp Ien: Ahs\ shXp FhnsS Fp tNmZnp. Imth, hp ImWvI Fp Ah Aht\mSp ]dp. tbip Ip\o hmp.' (tbmlm 11: 3335) _Ym\ybn XfpsS Fmsamambncp ktlmZcs th]mSns Bgamb Zp:Jn a\ws\mp IcpsImv Id \np cp ktlmZcnIsfbmWv \mw ChnsS ImWpXv. Ahsc Bizknnm At\Iw t] AhnsS Fnbncpp. Fmhcpw Cu kmlNcyn Zp:Jmcmbn AhnsS \npIbmWv. AhcpsS \Sphn tbiphns apJtp \apsmv kqnpt\mmw. Fmbncpp B apJs `mhw? lrZbws\mv Icbp tbiphns\bmWv \aphnsS ImWphm km[npXv. Xo{hamb Hcp hnImcamWv B apJp {]Xn^enpXv. B IhnįSfnIqSn Ip\o XmtgsmgpIpIbmWv. AXv shdpw Hcp A\pI [Sympathy] Bbncpn, {]XypZm lrZbntep ISpsNp {]ISamp Hcp Xo{hhnImcambncpp [Empathy].

    IcbphtcmSpIqsS IcbpIbpw s\mcsSphtcmSpIqsS s\mcsSpIbpw sNp tbiphns\bmWv \mw ChnsS ImWpXv. Cs temIn B{ZXbpsSbpw Aenhnsbpw A\pIbpsSbpw apJw \sncnpp. F{Xam{Xw {IqcXIfmWv ssZ\wZn\w \apv ZriyamIpXv. cm{obnepw Iemebfnepw kapZmbfnt]mepw {IqcXbpsSbpw `oIcXznsbpw hnIrXapJw Xmh\rw BSpIbmWv. vssZhw kzbXambn \app \Inbncnp B{ZXbpsS apJ`mhw hnIrXambncnpp. cu{Zynsbpw {]XnImcnsbpw apJamWv Cp {]ISamIpXv.

    hnip ]s{Xmkv Xs teJ\nIqSn \s DZvt_m[nnpXv, Fmhcpw sFIaXyhpw klXm]hpw ktlmZc{]oXnbpw a\enhpw hn\b_pnbpaphcmbncnn, FmWv. B{ZXbpsSbpw A\pIbptSbpw `mhw hynIfpsSbpw, kaqlnsbpw, cmjv{SfpsSbpw, k`IfpsSbpw apJfn DmtIXp B\pImenI temIn A\nhmcyambncnpp.

  3. kl\ns apJ`mhw [Face of Suffering]:
    Imhns ]oVm\p`nse Hcp Zriyw hnip ambn hcpImnbncnpp. "Atm Ah Ahsd apJp Xpn, Ahs\ apn Npcpn Ipn, Nne Ahs\ ISnp: (ambn 26:67) AXpeyamb kl\tmsS Xpte, apnNpcpnbp ASntb, {]lcns ItmSpIqSnb tbiphns apJamWv \mw ChnsS ImWpXv. ]cnlmkhpw ]oVbpw IXbpw Aham\hpw G apJamWXv. am\nIambpw imcocnIambpw XI Hcp Ahbpw A\p`hhpamWXv.

    iniphmbncnptm apX X\np klntnh A\p`hamWXv. tbippns\ ssIIfn hlnpsImv A`bmnbmbn Xs amXmhv AbcmPyamb CuPn]vXntep ISpsNptm Aham\ns kl\w BWv {]ISamIpXv. hopw AhnsS\npw Xncnpt]mcptm Xs As\mfpw {Iqc\mb Asesbmkv BWv sblqZy\mSp `cnpsXdnnp Keoe{]tZifn t]mbn ]mm CS hp. AhnsSbpw Xs ]ckyip{iqj Bcw`nptm apXXs cqamb hnai\nsbpw shphnfnbpsSbpw A\p`hamWv X\np DmbnpXv.

    sbi{]hmNI Ahs\n {]hNnp]dncnpp: "Ah a\pjycm \nnspw XyPnspw hyk\]m{Xambpw tcmKw ioenh\mbpw Ccppw; Ahs\ ImWph apJw asdpIfbhw Ah \nnX\mbncpp; \mw Ahs\ BZcnXpan. kmm \psS tcmKsf Ah hlnp; \psS thZ\Isf Ah Npap. Fm Ah AXn{Ia \nanw apdnthpw \psS AIrXy \nanw XIpw Ccnpp.' (sbi 53: 35) Cu bmX\Isfmw kln B apJtmWv \mw Ctm t\mpXv.

    IXbpsS ]m\]m{Xw \apv Gtnhcptm \psS Imhns B apJtp t\mptm ss[cyhpw DtP\hpw e`npp. Imhv \tmSp ]dncnpp; "temIn \nġp Iw Dp; Fnepw ss[cysSphn; Rm temIs Pbnncnpp.' Imhv Cu temInep bmsXmnepw \s hymtamlnnnn. Hpw adpshXpa. CXn \npw Bcpw hnapcpa. hnip amXmhnsbpw ap ]cnipmcpsSbpw PohnXm\p`h ]cntim[nm \app hyamIpw.

    Imhns AbmIm `mKyw e`npIbpw, kv{XoIfn `mKyhXn Fp ]cnipmmhn {]mnp ]dbpIbpw sNbvX amXmhn\p PohnXn Fsmw IXIfmWv A\p`hntnhXv. sbcqitew tZhmebnshp iotam {]hNnp ]dp; "\nsd kz {]mW\n IqSnbpw Hcp hm ISpw', Fp. B {Iqins Nphn \nptm AhnsS I ImgvN GsXmcbpsS lrZbsbmWv ]nfmXv?

    Imhn Xs Poh apgph\mbpw FcnSphm {hXsaSp ]usemkv ]dbpp: F\np PohnpXp {InkvXphpw acnpXp em`hpw BIpp. IrXyambn FmsWp ]dbpnsnepw Xs icocn Xm Ftm AkzX A\p`hnncpXmbn ]usemkv tcJsSpnbncnpp. AXp amdnnphm aqp {]mhiyw ssZhtmSp {]mnp. Fm "Fs Ir] \n\p aXn', Fmbncpp X\np Innb adp]Sn. AXn\p tijw Xs icocnse B iqew Atln\p Hcp {]iv\tabmbncpp. B Ir]bn Atlw B\w Isn.

  4. \nbZmVyns apJ`mhw [Face of Determination]:
    Imhv Xs ]oVm\p`hn\mbn sbcqiteantep Zrn ]XnnpsImp bm{XXncnp Fp \mw hmbnpp. ChnsS \mw ImWpXv tbiphns \nbZmVyns apJamWv. sbcqitean A]ISw ]Xnbncppspw acWw kp\nnXamsWpw Imhn\p Adnbmambncpp. ]s{Xmkv Ahs\ ]nncnnm {ianp. "Aht\mSpIqsS acntXn\p \appw t]mImw' Fp Blzm\w sNbvXpsImv tXmakv Xs Kpcphnt\mSp BZchv {]ISamn. Xs ]nXmhns Cw \ndthpXn\mWv Imhmb tbip{InkvXp temIntep hXv. Xs Cu ZuXy\nlWns XojvWXbmWv B apJp ZriyamIpXv. ]cmPnX\mbn hnPbmfnbmbnmWv Xm sbcqiteantep t]mbXv.
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DXamb eyn\npw ]namdmsX ZrV\nivNbtmsS aptdphm \apv Bthihpw t{]cWbpw \IpXv Imhns apJs tim`bpw `mhfpamWv. `ocpXznsd Bmhns\ A, inbpsSbpw tkv\lnsdbpw kpt_m[nsdbpw Bmhns\bt{X ssZhw \app XncnpXv.

[Speech delivered at Orthodox Convention-2005 at St.Thomas Church, Philadelphia]
Reported by Biju Mathew - Philadelphia
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