Let me begin with a story. I picked up a beautiful marble rock from a riverbed. It was exceptionally beautiful. Would you tell me your story? I asked the marble rock.
“Oh! That is a long story”, the beautiful marble rock replied. And it proceeded. “I was part of a big white marble rock on the top of a mountain. I had been there for many years. One day during a heavy storm and rain, a piece broke off and fell from the main rock and was carried away along the stream of water. The rock piece further broke into small pieces. It was a painful and shattering experience. All of us together continued our journey along the stream. Each of us had very sharp edges that hurt one another. However, we rolled together along the stream. Indeed, an agonizing journey. Our sharp edges kept rubbing and bruising one another. Many times, I tried to quit the journey with others. It was too painful. I thought how good it would be if I were away, alone somewhere. Somehow, I let myself to be part of the journey. We travelled miles and miles, worn out and tired. It was thus that I reached the riverbed here. And you saw me and picked me up. But why did you pick me up?” I said, “Because I saw how beautiful and precious you are.”
It was not any rain or storm, but His love that pushed us down to flow along the stream of love. The new commandment of Jesus Christ to “Love one another, as I have loved you” challenged us to come together as a community and to pool together our resources for the Lord’s mission. At times, we might as well feel it as an impossible task. People from different walks of life, different age groups, women and men, married couples and consecrated singles, from different linguistic backgrounds…. Wow! It looks really a difficult task, especially to live as one family. Nevertheless, since He has commanded it, we feel that there must surely be a way. It is that way which we are trying to search out and tread on. As one community, we are trying to flow together along the stream of love, allowing our sharp edges to be rubbed off, chiselled and smoothened until we are transformed into something beautiful that would make the world more beautiful and joyful. It is through prayer that we receive the courage and strength to continue our journey. Santvana is a large family in which people from different occupations find a home and a mission to accomplish. It is a community trying to live and share the Gospel and to serve the needy. I welcome you to be part of this journey and to be part of the mission. Fr. Dheeraj Sabu IMS