Rev. Varghese Enathickal Varkki
A ‘confirmed priest’. That would be a very right thing to call Binoy, our new Asst. Vicar Rev. Varghese Enathickal Varkki because that is what he is or how a confirmation class caused him to become a priest. His ‘philosophical transformation’ started at Christ church, Trivandrum, his home parish where he was born as the younger son to the Enathickal couple, Mr. Varkki John (Rtd. AEO) and Mrs Mariamma John (Rtd. ISRO librarian) on Nov. 26, 1978. His only kin elder brother is an MRF Kottayam employee.
Binoy, the pre-degree student who was attending the confirmation classes, one day surprised the small Enathickal family by making a determined declaration of independence “I want to serve the Lord”. The surprised but happy parents realizing renaissance had already started working in their son, complied but with the strict ruling that he will have to finish his studies first. Though young Enathickal would have liked it to happen the very next day, he humbly heeded and carried on to procure his BA (Phil) from University college, TVM; MA (Phil) from Goa and BD from United Theological college, Bangalore. Currently he is studying for his MTH at FFRRC, Kottayam. He got ordained in 2006.
Well, thanks to V. Rev. T. M. John the then vicar there at Christ church who had conducted the motivating classes for confirmation students. The study on that particular day was 1 Corinth. 11; 28-29 “28 Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. 29 For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves.” Superficially at a glance not much significance to these verses but they became the seeds that fell at the right place at the right time – in young Binoy’s mind. And there it started growing just like in the ‘parable of the Sower’ that Jesus told his disciples in Mathew 13; 3-8 “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown”. Restless days, sleepless nights and self searching followed. That was when another parable that Jesus told disciples about a kernel of wheat dying by itself started becoming true in Binoy’s life. [John 12; 24 –“24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.”] And his mind told him:- ‘This is the true God, nothing better than serving Him’. Kernel started growing and so did Binoy. His close association with two campus crusade friends enhanced the growth. And young Binoy ripened to become the ‘confirmed priest’- Rev. Varghese Enathickal Varkki.
He married Rekha Susan John (daughter of Prof. M.K. John and Mrs. Remany John of Mullavelil family, Enathu.), a post graduate in MSc computer science in 2007. They have two sons Evan (8 yrs) and Juvan (2 yrs).
It remains to be seen how much this kernel has grown, will grow. We wish and pray that Ascension would become a right place for him to grow, grow and grow.