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Saturday, 2 August 2014

“The king was sad, but because of the promise he had made...” (Mt 14:9)

“The king was sad, but because of the promise he had made in front of all his guests he gave orders that her wish be granted.” (Mt 14:9)

Why did the king Herod become sad? Is it because that he had to behead John the Baptist, an innocent prophet? With you I too certainly don’t think so, for in v.5 we see that he wanted to kill John the Baptist, but he was afraid of the Jewish people, because they considered John to be a prophet. Then, why is it now? It can be either he couldn’t do that on his own accord or he pretended to be so in front of other chief guests present there. But today, what I want to meditate on is, “because of the promise he had made in front of all his guests he gave orders that her wish be granted.” He had to keep the promise he falsely made before others. See how the innocent people from our pride and prejudice. The book of Proverb says, “Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and a stone will back on the one who starts it rolling.” (26:27) Instead of fearing and pleasing God, king Herod found himself happy in pleasing man. Why didn’t he kill John earlier? For, he feared the people. Now why was he compelled to behead John right now? For, he was afraid of losing his image, name, and fame in front of the chief guests present there. Jesus says clearly, “A person who speaks on his authority is trying to gain glory for himself.” Since he seeks men’s glory only, there he cannot make a right judgment on anything. St. Paul says, “Does this sound as if I am trying to win man’s approval? No indeed! What I want is God’s approval! Am I trying to be popular with men? If I were still trying to do so, I would not have been a servant of Christ.” (Gal 1:10). 
               
Lord Jesus, we pray today with humble heart that we may be always seeking your glory than glory and approval of man. We believe that man can judge others only on their outward appearance, but you alone look into their hearts and judge them rightly. We feel sorry and ask pardon for the moments we went wrong in judging others and sought our own glory before men. Amen. 
                  
Take courage God is with you! Have a nice and blissful day….  


Friday, 1 August 2014

“Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works?” (Mt 13:57)

“Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works?” (Mt 13:57)


This question of Jews may be taken as either amazement or contempt. However, since it is a question among themselves against Jesus and the tone of the proceeding sentences, surely it gives the impression that it is not out of wonder and astonishment they asked this question. Because, what we find here is that they are purposely connecting him to the illiterate, poor parents and relatives. We know that people are sometimes tempted to make such connections either for good or evil. Sometimes people are very proud of their relations; sometimes they are very silent about their relations. You may feel this very often from youngsters’ dealings. Jesus was anyway proud of his humble parents. Now the question is, where does this contempt come from? I think it is either from their pride or their familiarity. Both are to be taken with care. It spoils respect for others that results in blocks of blessings. Because of their disrespect and disbelief Jesus could not perform anymore miracles for them.

Lord Jesus, we pray today with humble heart that we may be always free from pride, hatred and contempt toward others and be gifted with love and respect for others and their opinions. Amen.
                  

Take courage God is with you! Have a nice and blissful day….  

Thursday, 31 July 2014

“Again, the kingdom of is like a net which was thrown into the sea ...”(Mt 13:47)

 “Again, the kingdom of is like a net which was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind.”(Mt 13:47)

This word of the Lord really encourages each and everyone, for it tells us that the kingdom of God is open to all, good and evil, weak and strong, rich and poor etc. It really gives the impression that everyone has a place in it. That is well and good! But, as we go reading ahead what we find is something different it seems. It reads, “When the net is full, they pull it to shore and sit down to divide the fish; the good ones to go into their buckets, the worthless ones are thrown away.” “What a cheating, it was!” I spoke to myself. Then, I asked Lord Jesus, why is it? Jesus explained to me like this, “I was very gracious to all, forgiving each and every one but they all didn’t abide in my love.” After a while I answered, yes, Lord, now I understand why on the mound of Calvary, your cross was adorned by two thieves, whom were later named one good and the other bad. Yes, Lord, now I understand why Peter was made the pastor and Judas lost himself forever. Yes, Lord, now I understand while all the invitees enjoyed the dinner, the one who was without marriage dress couldn’t.
Lord, let us understand and realize that though your call is a gratuitous gift, unless we respond to it faithfully, the kingdom of God will be lost forever. Lord, give us today the grace to respond to your call with repentance, love, faithfulness, and gratitude. Amen.
               

Take courage God is with you! Have a nice and blissful day….  

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

“A man is looking for fine pearls, and when he finds one that is unusually fine,..." (Mt 13:45)

 “A man is looking for fine pearls, and when he finds one that is unusually fine, he goes and sells everything he has, and buys that pearl.”(Mt 13:45, 46)


Fine and excellent! What a sacrifice he does, or how zealous he is, everything very well! However, when I meditate on this word of the Lord, what comes to my mind is something different. This seems to me as the first part of the story. The story will be complete only when we know the second part. What Jesus says is very true that when compared to the value of the kingdom of God, whatever I have now is nothing. Now what happens to the man after possessing the pearl? Many people are very enthusiastic in finding out a new job, marrying a girl whom he loves, achieving a profession he longed for, constructing a house he dreamed of etc. And for that he goes certainly to any extent it demands.
In the second part, after achieving their goal, we find many are disinterested, desperate or even are against their own life, whether it is in the secular world or in the religious world. Jesus warns the Pharisees, “You hypocrites! You sail the seas and cross whole countries to win one convert; and when you succeed, you make him twice as deserving of going to hell as you yourself are!.. Do we have these scenes in our homes, in our institutions, or in our communities? Modern man in his pride thinks that he can buy anything and anyone he desires. He wants to get something valuable to exhibit before others, even his wife, his religion, and job etc. Not for him, but to keep up “the social status.” “My wife is a doctor” he is proud of. What is she doing? “She is a housewife.” What a pride! It is not in possessing something but living for it, with it, makes you really a man.               

Take courage God is with you! Have a nice and blissful day….  

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

“If you had been here, Lord, my brother would not have died!”(Mt 13:32)

“If you had been here, Lord, my brother would not have died!”(Mt 13:32)

Martha is just that; a simple woman. Whether in the gospel of Luke (Lk 10:38-42) or in the gospel of John (Jn 11:1-12:8) she is very plain and straight forward. Of course, she doesn’t know much of today’s artificial smiles or behavior. Still I like her character, personality very much. Whenever her friend Jesus was guest to her house she was a very busy happy host and servant, and whenever she was sad and sorrowful Jesus had to be her real consoler. Whenever felt left alone she was so much worried and wanted to be supported by her friends, especially of Jesus. Many relatives and friends were there to console her at Lazarus’ death. But as she heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him. Because she believed he only could give her the real consolation. And today we celebrate with solemnity the feast of this simple, plain saint, Martha, sister of Lazarus and Mary. On this feast day of Martha, let ask our Lord Jesus Christ for the special graces we need today to be simple in our lives and always depend on Jesus and love him sincerely.


Take courage God is with you! Have a nice and blissful day….