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APRIL 2008 ARTICLE - MALAYALAM
VOL:07 ISSUE:04

THOUGHTS FOR LENT TIME
t\mpIme NnI

By V. REV. K. MATHAI COREPISCOPA

B[p\nI temIn BymnIXbpsS X\na \spsImncnbmWv. \mKcnIXbpsSbpw \hknmfpsSbpw {]kcnn aXhnizmkmNmctfmSp {]Xn]nbpw _lpam\hpw Ipdbpp. hnizmknIfn Xs hnizmkmNmctfmSv cp coXnbn {]XnIcnphcpv.

  1. ]qnIambn e`nncnp hnizmkhpw ]mccyfpw AtX An kzoIcnpIbpw {]mhnIamm {ianbpw sNph. hnizmkns AXnn hcpI ISn Nhnphsc Ah imknpp.

  2. \qX\mib XncpshgppIġpw ASnm\ hnizmkġpw FXncmsWntmepw Ahsb kktmjw kzmKXw sNphcmWv cmas Iq. kuIcyn\pthn Hcp]s ASnm\ {]amWt]mepw ASnbd shbvm Ah aSnsp hcnIbn. tbip{InkvXp Hcp \ a\pjy Fp Ah kXntmw. ]s Atlns PohnXhpw ]TnnepIfpw A{]mtbmKnIamsWpw, bmYmy temItmSv Ahbvv _anspw Bq ]dtmw.

Cu cp kao]\ Xnep kwL\ FhnsSbpw ImWmw. {KntKmdnb Ie kzoIcnnp HmtUmIvkv, Itmen apXemb k`Iġv t\mpImew Ignp. Imhmb tbip{InkvXp BNcn Cu s\mbns\ henbt\mv [Great Lent] Fp hnfnpp. t\mmNcWns Dhhpw Dtiyhpw BNcnt hn[fpw BNcWw aqeapmIp KpW`efpw Cu teJ\neqsS hmb\mv ImgvN shbvpp.

  1. t\mns Dhw:
    a\pjys\ _pnapnm k` ASntn Hcp \nbaamtWm s\mbv? Asbp Dcw Cu teJ\w hmbnp Ignbptm \nġp e`npw. "Lent" FXns P ]Zw Spring Fap "Lenz" FmIpp. Lengten FXns Npcpnb cq]amWv Lent Acmn, Lent means lengthening of Daytime hours'. Spring F hmn\v Ddh Fpw Spring Season Fpw Aapv. t\mpImew Bob PohnXns \ocpdh sXfnbp kabamWv. AXpt]mse ioXImens achnpw \njv{InbXzhpw AekXbpw amdn ssNX\ymIamb \hPohs hk ]ndhnbmWv t\mpImew.

    hnip thZ]pkvXIn D]hmkw [Fasting] FmWv t\mns adp\maw. t\mp Imev `Ww shSnv ssZhtmSpIpSn hknp (IqsS ]mp) A\p`has{X D]hmkw. am\h Ncn{Xmcw`w apX D]hmkn\p \nbahpw Dmbncpp. a\pjyc, ssZhamWv t\mv (D]hmkw) GsSpnbXv. t\mns Imew D]hmkns ImeamIpp. ssZhw BZmant\mSv "tXmnse kIe hrfpsSbpw ^ew \n\v Cw t]mse Xnmw. Fm \XnIsfpdnp Adnhns hrn ^ew XncpXv; Xnp \mfn \o acnpw.' (Dn 2:16-17) CXv Hcp `mKnI s\mbmbncpp Hcp hrns ^ew XnmXncnpI.

    Hmas kv{Xobpw ]pcpj\pw D]hmk \nbaw ewLnp. cmw BZmsav ]utemkv AtmkvXe hntijnnp tbip{InkvXp Hmw BZmans hogvN ]cnlcnv t\mv ]qnbmn. tbip{InkvXp \mevXp ]Iepw cmhpw hnP\ev `W ]m\ob XyPnv Xs ]nXmhnt\mSp kwkn Ignp. Xs ]nKmanIġv Hcp \ amXrI ImWnp Xp. "D]hmkmepw {]m\bmepamsX Cu PmXn \ontmIbn' Fv injymsc ]Tnnp. D]hmkanm {]m\bpw {]m\bnm D]hmkhpw inbpX.

  2. `W ]m\ob hnpXns BhiyIX:
    Pohs \ne\nn\pw BtcmKy kwcWn\pw {IaoIrXamb `W]m\ob A\nhmcyfmWv. ssZhw krnhsbmw a\pjys D]tbmKn\p thnbmsWpw, Hnt\bpw \ntj[npItbm hnpItbm sNtXnspw hmZnph Itmw. Zbmephpw kvt\l\n`c\pamb ssZhw BZman\v Fm hrfpsSbpw ^ew Xnm A\phZnpshnepw Hcp hrns ^ew am{Xw XnpXv \ntcm[np. Fmn\pw Hcp \nb{Ww AYhm \njvT BhiyamsWv ]Tnnphm\mbncpp B \nbaw. ssZhw krnsXnepw Fmw D]tbmK{]Za. ssZhw XnpXmsW `mhn hnjw Ignmdnsm! Hmtcmn\pw AXmXntXmb D]tbmK {Iafpv. \sXnepw D]tbmKn anXXzw ]menWw. a\pjy Xnm thnb PohnpXv, Pohnphmthn Xnpp.

    h\hpw B\nb{Whpw: hnenbXns\ {]m]nphm\p Pnmk BZanepw lbnepw DWp. "a\pjy Aw sImv am{Xa PohnpXv, ssZhns hmbn\npw hcp hN\wsImpw Pohnpp.' h\hpw [Abstinence] B\nb{Whpw [Self-Control] PohnXhnPbn\v AXymhiyamWv. Hn\pw ASnabmImsX PohnWw. Ghpw Cap `Wkm[\ shSnbpXpaqew \s \nb{nphm\p Cmin hfpIbmWv. ssZhtmSp kvt\ls{]Xn FSpp sNdnb XymKamWXv.

    `Wn am{Xa:
    PohnXns Fm taJeIfnepw anXXzhpw B\nb{Whpw ]mentXmWv. icocw `Ww shSnbptm Bmhv XnIsfbpw shSntbXmIpp. `Ww am{Xw shSnp s\mbv ssZhw kzoIcnpn. B\nb{WanmsXbp PohnXssien \cIntep hnimehoYn BWv. alm\mb itemtam cmPmhv ]dbpp; "Fsd Ip B{KlnsXmpw Rm AXn\p \ntj[nn; Fsd lrZbnp Hcp ktmjhpw hnenbn; Fsd kIe {]bXv\hpw \nanw Fsd lrZbw ktmjnp; Fsd kIe {]bXv\nepw F\npmb A\p`hw CXp Xt.' (k`m{]kwKn 2:10) almm\nbmb Atlw t`mj\mbn amdn. [mcmfw kv{XoI `mcyamcmbn Dmbncpp. {ItaW kv{XoIfpsS t{]cWbm kXyssZhs hnv A\y tZhmsc tkhnphm XpSn. "itemtam htbm[nI\mbtm `mcyam Ahsd lrZbs A\ytZhmcntep hioIcnp; Ahsd lrZbw Ahsd A\mb ZmhoZnsd lrZbwt]mse Xsd ssZhamb btlmhbn GIm{Kambncpn.' (1 cmPmm 11:4) ssZhns ]cnm\w itemtam\v \ambn. Ah ]m]w sNbvXp. Xs PohnXhpw cmPyns `mhnbpw tNmZyw sNsp. B\nb{Wanm B PohnXw ]cmPbsp. An uncontrolled pursuit of happiness ends up in an uncontrollable pain.

    kzmX{yns Zphn\ntbmKw:
    ssZhw a\pjy\v kzmX{yw \Inbnpv. BZman\v ssZhw sImSp \nbas A\pkcnphm\pw \ncknphm\pw kzmX{yapmbncpp. BZmw \nbas ewLnp. Ahs kzmX{yw sXns\ XncsSpphm D]tbmKnp. kzmX{yns Zphn\ntbmKw ]m]hpw B]pw hnfnp hcppXmIpp. Freedom is coincident with consequences. Hcp hynbpsS kzmX{yw asmcp hynbpsS kzmX{yn\v tZmjamIcpXv. Adnhnmhsc NqjWw sNpXv ]m]amIpp. tamncpXv [Donot Steal] Fp Iev\ ewL\w A]cs kzp kqnm\p kzmX{yns taep ssIISmemIpp. AXp ]m]amWv. hy`nNmchpw _emkwKhpw aphcpsS hynkzmX{yns taep ISm{IaWw BIpp. a\pjy kzX{s\nepw \nb{Wġp hnt[b\mWv. kzmX{yns t]cn KXmKX \nba ewLnmep `hnjyv hfscbmIpp. a\pjys Cmin [Will Power] \XnI Xncndnv \Xns\ XncsSpphm\p tI{ambn [Control Station] amdWw. AXn\v a\pjys am{Xw ]cn{iaw ]cym]vXa, ssZhns Ir]bpw klmbhpw BhiyamWv. t\mpImew Cu ssZhIr] \fn hnnpXn\v thXncns kabamWv.

  3. t\mpw D]hmkhpw Fs\, Ftm?
    k`bmbpw, kaqlambpw, hyn]cambpw t\mpw D]hmkhpw BNcnmhpXmWv. tkh\cwKv NpaXeI hnPb{]Zambn \nlnpXn\pw ]qoIcnpXn\pw, ]comLsf XcWw sNpXn\pw, ]m]n \npw ssZhtIm]n \npap tamN\n\pw, i{Xphn \npap cs]Sen\pw, IpSpw_PohnXnsbpw XeapdIfpsSbpw A\p{Kln\pw D]hmkhpw t\mpw A\pjvTnnpXmbn thZ]pkvXIn sXfnhpIfpv.

    tkh\cwKv: tbip{InkvXphns ]ckyip{iqj Bcw`npXn\p ap]mWv \mXp ]Iepw cmhpw D]hmksaSpXv. temIns c F `mcn NpaXebmbncpp Atln\p \nhnm\pmbncpXv. B ZuXy \nlWn\v IpcnipacWw AXymhiyambncpp. "cw sNmcnnmsX hntamN\an' F ssZh\nba{]Imcw, Ipcnns hgnIsf hnv, cmPmhmbn knwlmk\hpw m\am\fpw kzoIcnv, BKat\mtiw ]mfntmIXncnphm\p XmsdSpmbncpp Xs D]hmkImew. P\w Imhns\ cmPmhmphm {iantm Atlw cwKw hnpt]mbn Fpw \mw hmbnpp.

    AtmkvXem: Ir\ntbmK{]Imcw AtmkvXem temIns hnhn[ `mKfn kphntij {]NcWn\p t]mIpXn\p ap]v sklntbm amfnIbn IqSnbncpv D]hknv {]mnv ]cnipmmhns\ {]m]np. (Asm: {]hrnI 2)

    ]coIsf Pbnphm: Imhns, Xs D]hmkn\p tijw ]coIfpambn kmm kao]np. "hoWp Fs \akvcnm CsXmsbpw \n\p Xcmw Fp Aht\mSp ]dp.' (ambn 4:9) tbipXpcm kmmt\mSv, "\ns ssZhamb Imhns\ \akvIcnv Ahs\ am{Xsa Bcm[nmhq' Fp imknp. "]nXmth, Ignbpsan Cu ]m\]m{Xw \ontmtIWta; Fnepw Rm CnpXpt]mseb, \o CnpXpt]mse BIs' Fp {]mnphm\pw ssZhlnXn\p hnt[b\mIphm\pw D]hmkhpw {]m\bpw Atls ioIcnp.

    {]XnknIfn: Ftdns ]pkvXIn Ftdnsbpw blqZ hwinsbpw PohnXhpw \ne\npw A]ISnembXmbn tcJsSpnbncnpp. B ZpLS kabv D]hknpXn\mbn Xs P\s Ft Blzm\w sNbvXp. (Ft 4:16) ^etam, Ahsc \innm KqVmtemN\ \Snb lmam, Xm samsJmbnpthn Hcpnb IgpIpacn Xm Xs Xqnsmsp. Fp sNWsadnbmsX hgnncnhnemIptm D]hmkhpw {]m\bpw \SpI; Iapn hgn sXfnphcpw.

    i{Xpfn \npap cs]S: Zm\ntbens FXncmfnI Xs \innm KqVmtemN\ \Sn. knwlpgnbnenv sImphm\mbn Ah hn[nsp. Zm\ntb D]hknp {]mnp. ssZhw Ahs\ knwlns hmbn\npw hnSphnp. (Zm\ntb 9:3,21; 10:3,12)

    ]m]n \npw inbn \npw tamN\w: ]m]w \nanw \ns\h \Kcs \innphm ssZhw Xocpam\np. tbm\mbpsS {]kwKw tIv \ns\hbnse cmPmhpw {]PIfpw D]hknpIbpw A\pX]npIbpw sNbvXp. Xaqew ssZhw AhcpsSta \nbnncp in ]nhenp. (tbm\m 3) t\mpImew A\pXm]ns kabamWv. A\pXm]neqsS hnipoIcWhpw, hnipoIcWneqsS ssZhZi\hpw {]m]npp.

    hynPohnXn tcmKhpw {]bmkhpw hcptm: ZmhoZns PohnXw D]hmknsbpw {]m\bpsSbpw A\pXm]nsbpw amXrIbmbncpp. "Rmt\m, Ah Zo\ambnnStm cpSpp; D]hmkwsImp Rm BX]\w sNbvXp; Fsd {]m\ Fsd amnSntep aSnhp.' (ko\ 35:13)

ssZhw ImWnpX hnPbns ]mXbmWv D]hmkhpw {]m\bpw. \psS Ignh\pkcnp t\mv BNcnphm \mw {ianWw. Fn, ainlm Xpcms Dbns ktmjfn B\nhrXntbmsS ]psImm \apv km[npw. AXn\p ssZhw \s A\p{KlnpamdmIs.

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