Mintu P. Jacob
May 05, 2021 02:38 AM IST
Even those who do not understand the Christian churches know Mar Chrysostomos. They also laughed at the words of the laughing pope. In the vast world of humanity beyond religion and the Church, he has become the ‘Father of all’
At a time when humor had no place in the spiritual arena, Dr. Da was the pastor who taught that anything that can be said can reach anyone’s mind. Philip Mar Chrysostom the Great Metropolitan. People of all ages laughed at the result of the great metropolitan blast in the spiritual audience where laughter had no place. At the end of that laugh he tied the great weight of thought. He concluded each speech by inculcating in the hearts of the people an element of noble thought through laughter.
Even those who do not understand the Christian churches know Mar Chrysostomos. They also laughed at the words of the laughing pope. He became the ‘Holy Father’ of all in the vast world of humanity beyond religion and the Church. Those who saw him in global arenas were proud to be Malayalees. Rarely do we wish that life would not end and that sermon would not end.
The last time age was manifested in the body but the mind was still in eternal youth. Clear memory and accuracy of words. He was distinguished by his ingenuity in pronouncing meanings in both Malayalam and English. He joked about his own age that God knows it will take him at least 100 years to do what others do in their 60s and 70s.
His successor, Dr. Mar Chrysostomos’ determination to overcome the threat of the Covid at the age of 103 to bid farewell to Metropolitan Joseph Mar Thoma.
He ran without rest until he was completely old and bedridden. After passing Navati, he went to New Delhi and befriended Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sonia Gandhi and Sitaram Yachury. They forgot all the pressure and laughed at the words of the Holy Prophet. Mar Chrysostom shone as one of the few people who gave Malayalees the freedom to criticize and ridicule anyone. Even those who were criticized burst out laughing at the words of the Holy Prophet.
Mar Chrysostom had graduated before India gained independence. Chrysostom wanted to join Gopalakrishna Gokhala’s Bharat Seva Sangham rather than a high-ranking job in the British government.
However, he was commissioned to become a missionary in the Angola Mission Field of the Mar Thoma Church. Went among the aborigines and fishermen and lived as one of them. Went fishing in the sea. Teaching them and learning from them made life simpler. Adapted to basic class life.
As a priest, it was rare to work as a porter at the Jolarpet railway station in Tamil Nadu. The Iowa experiment was to find out the hardships in their lives. After wasting money on alcohol, they were taken to the ashram and fed. Made the family look. Even as a bishop, he did not give up his simple life. We ate at small tea shops, entered the market and greeted the merchants and porters. He has always been a popular saint.
His eating habits were also interesting. When the meal is over, put an apple candy in your mouth. Glad to have beef cutlets with evening tea. It is enough to fry the fruit.
The helpers were ready to serve knowing the wishes of the Holy Prophet. He saw life as simple. Only rabbits, sheep and lovebirds in the habitat are enough to understand the friendliness of Mar Chrysostomos.