Weeks of Summer


 

The maturity and fruitfulness of the Church are specially meditated on during the weeks of summer.  The Syriac word Qaita means “summer”.  Summer is the time when grains and fruits mature and ripen.  Thus it is a time of plentiful harvest for the Church.  The fruits of the Church are those of holiness and martyrdom. The Church, having grown, developed and spread to the nukes and corners of the world, shines forth as the image of the heavenly kingdom, giving birth to innumerable saints and martyrs. Just as the Apostles, martyrs and saints, filled with the Power from above, the Holy Spirit, dared even to the unknown lands and cultures for bearing witness to Jesus Christ, their Lord and Master, today all Christians, filed with the same Spirit, must bear witness to their Lord all through their life and in all circumstances that they fill the Church with the fruits of sanctity and martyrdom.


On the first Sunday of this liturgical period we celebrate the twelve Apostles and NusardeilNusardeil is a Persian word which means “God-given New Year Day”.  Thus this particular liturgical day appears to be one uniting together the heaven and earth in the Person of Jesus, Amman-hu-El = “God with us” and the Church, His continuation on earth which is founded on the twelve Apostles.


The great feast of Transfiguration (August 6) and Assumption (August 15) which are celebrated during this liturgical period are typical Icons of its spirit.

 

Credits: Fr. Varghese Pathikulangara, CMI, from the book "A moment with the Jesus"

 

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