Our Beloved Bishop Speaks Diocese of Kumbakonam


Respected and dear brother - priests, religious and laity,

When Rembrandt set out to paint the likenesses of Jesus and the apostles, he walked the streets of Amsterdam to find men who embodied the character of his Biblical subjects. Rembrandt began with a tall, handsome man who bore the stature and purity of the Christ. Then, after setting the images of the disciples to canvas, Rembrandt was ready to paint Judas, and he searched for a man with a tortured soul. After combing Paris, he found a homeless man sitting outside a store. The man was dirty, unkempt, and his eyes spoke of deep sadness. After painting Judas, Rembrandt thanked the man for his assistance.

"Don’t you remember me?" asked the man.

"I don’t think so," answered the artist.

"I sat for your portrait of Jesus," the man answered.

Within every human being is the propensity to rise to the highest of the high and sink to the lowest of the low.

There is Christ in every one of us. There is also a bit of Judas in every one of us.

Now the question is how to succeed in imitating Christ and how to heal Judas? Life is like a dance. Whether we dance to the tune of Christ or Judas depends upon our dance master that is our prayer life.

A single recitation of "Our Father" can destroy a galaxy of sins creating in us a sense of belonging to God, to our neighbours, to ourselves and to the nature.

With love,

Yours affectionately in our Lord,

+ F. Antonisamy.
Bishop of Kumbakonam.