Jiji Thomson extorts Bengaluru Orthodox youth to lead prayerful life

Bengaluru: Jiji Thomson, IAS, Additional Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs, and Director-General, Sports Authority of India (SAI), has extorted the youth of the church to be compassionate towards their fellow beings and urged them to live with a purpose in life.
The IAS officer who is a reputed spiritual preacher-cum-motivator was addressing Bengaluru Diocese MGOCSM during his recent visit. He took the opportunity to briefly interact with the various spiritual organisations of the Diocese. He addressed the members after the Holy Eucharist at the St Gregorios Orthodox Cathedral, Hosur Road. The audience including elders listened with rapt attention to his message for the Sunday School children, MGOCSM and OCYM.
Dr Jiji played a very meaningful presentation which asked the youngsters to be prayerful, kind, loving and compassionate towards their fellow beings. He exhorted them to have a ‘purpose’ in life. He mentioned his all time favourites namely Joan of Arc, St Francis of Assisi, St Teresa of Jesus and St Gregorios of Parumala. All of them led simple, courageous and prayerful lives.  Through a video, he exhorted the youngsters of how Christ, like a very doting father who took care of each of us even when we are in a crisis. Peppering his 40-minute speech with a number of interesting stories and real life incidents, he spoke of how he stopped calling others “useless” by ways of a touching incident.
At the question and answer session, senior members of the church were eager to know how he was able to lead a Christian life in spite of his hectic schedule of heading the largest sports body in the country and leading the nation into the next Olympics. Dr Jiji pointed his daily schedule of waking up at 4 am and after morning prayers for about an hour starts his daily chores. Beginning his office by 9 am, he then attends to important engagements for the day. Prayer gives him the courage and strength to go forward in life.
To a question from the audience, if there was anything like a small sin or a big sin, he was quick to dispel the doubt, saying no sin was too small to be neglected. He had to leave the venue hurriedly for a press conference at Koramangala and had to cut short the Q&A session.
Earlier, Dr Jiji, in his sermon on the New Testament reading to the congregation spoke of how the apostles were asked by God to preach the Gospel (Matthew 10, 6-14). He also dwelt on the three types of evangelism by which this can be achieved which included mass, church and personal. “If we love others and lead a very prayerful, humble, simple life we will be able to show others how it is to live like a Christian,” he counselled.
Later, he posed for a photo opportunity with Cathedral Vicar Fr Mani Varghese, MGOCM, OCYM youngsters, and seniors.
Bengaluru Diocese Metropolitan Dr Abraham Mar Seraphim presently in the United States wrote in Chicago praised Jiji Thomson as a great leader with leadership qualities. His Grace called upon the youth to participate in the interactive session in large numbers.
~ LC
Inputs by Dr George Easaw and photo by Ajo John



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