June 2014 – Editorial

My dear children in Jesus Christ, This is my first letter from Sehion Ministries; I am sending it to you with a jubilant heart as a gift to my UK children for the month of June.

When God called me to start Sehion Ministries, I discovered that the Lord loves children. Whenever I pray for a child, I see that they are blessed abundantly and graciously by the Lord.

The Gospel of St Matthew 19:13-14 says “Little children were being brought to Jesus in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray for them. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them; but Jesus said, Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them.” In those days, thousands of years ago simple people knew that their children needed God’s blessing; they brought them to Jesus so that he could pray for them. The disciples discouraged them, but Jesus wanted the children to come to him and told the disciples not to stop them. In this passage Jesus shows us that children need God’s blessings

Dear children, you need Jesus’ blessings. Christopher, a young man from Cochin in Kerala, scored a high grade in his final exams but he could not get a good job. This is his story. “I am Christopher Joseph and in 2012 I passed my B Tech exams with high marks. In May I started looking for a job but over the next six months I failed to get one. Then in December I went to a Retreat organized by Sehion Ministries and the very next day I got an invitation to attend an interview at a technology park. By the grace of God I was offered the job, started work the following Monday and I am still working there. Thanks be to God.”

Everything for our good is by the grace and mercy of God. The following words of God confirm it; “His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the speed of a runner”. (Psalm 147:10) “The war horse is a vain hope for victory, and by its great might it cannot save. Truly the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love”. (Psalm 33:17-18)

My dear children I appeal to you all, do not miss your family prayers, if your family do not pray together regularly then please try to start today, this very day. Also if you don’t go regularly to Mass in your parish, please start going to Sunday Mass without fail. Another way to get nearer to Jesus and get his blessing is to read the word of God daily, read a Bible passage personally and meditate over it for a few minutes. Again, it will be a real blessing if you can go to a residential retreat for young people or any retreats that may be conducted in your parish

I bless you all in the name of Jesus from Sehion Ministries Central Office and I hold a long cherished desire and prayer in my heart that you may all become saints and witness to Jesus Christ, where ever you are.

May the Lord our God bless all children. Amen

Written by Fr Xavier Khan Vattayil

director of the sehion retreat centre, kerala, india