The Sunday before the Great lent is called the PETHRATHA Sunday. The Syriac word, ‘Peturta’ means “looking back” or “reconciliation”.
The liturgical Season of Great Lent is one of the kinds of introspection- looking back to one’s own life, and of real reconciliation.
As a reminder one of the hymns in the Shubquono liturgy says, “Brethren, let us love one another, for it is the completion of the commandments.”
The reading is from St. John 2: 1-11; which depicts the Marriage at Cana, where we can see the first sign of the Son of Human.
We all know the episode at the marriage house in Cana; Jesus and his friends had been invited to a wedding feast in the city of Cana. The mother of Jesus was also there and she came to know that there was a problem with the supply of vine- they ran out of vine.
When she knew this, she said to Jesus “they have no vine”;
Jesus replied: O women, what have you to do with me; what does this mean?
Does it means that, he was so harsh and saying; crap, who are you?
No. But it means “What have I and you to do with this;
It further means, never mind; don’t be worried!
He further says, “My hour has not yet come”; which means “I must wait for the right opportunity”.
Though Jesus tried to find excuses, his mother was so confident in him; she asked the servants to “do whatever he tells you”. Mary was so confident; “do not worry, he will find some way”.
The servants filled six stone jars with water, and Jesus said “Now draw some out…start serving”
Water was turned into vine; transformed in to vine! And this became the first sign of Jesus and his disciples believed in him.
The take home is, reconciliation need to end-up with transformation!
Aneede Sunday is to remembering all the departed believers. The Church wants the faithful to remember those forefathers and mothers who nurtured and maintained the true faith. Last Sunday the church remembered all the departed clergies. This Sunday is to remember all the departed faithful; our forefathers and mothers, brothers and sisters.
How blessed are we! How unique our faith is!
This is the only Christian faith where you are a part of the continuum; a continuum that begins with the birth to the second coming of the savior Lord Jesus Christ. Physical death is not a separation from the continuum and the departed believers are continuing their journey of salvation until the day of last judgment. We are so blessed because we are also in the journey where earthly life, death or anything is not going to separate us from the continuum so that we journey towards the final destination. This is the only faith where you can participate in the Holy Communion along with the departed, living and the heavenly beings.
Let’s come together this Sunday to remember all our forefathers, mothers, brothers and sisters, and connect with the creator God, who is beyond our human comprehension, through praise and worship…