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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

“Fools! Did not God, who made the outside, also make the inside?” (Lk 11:40)

 “Fools! Did not God, who made the outside, also make the inside?” (Lk 11:40)

Today’s Passage: Lk 11:37-41
Meditation:  Oh! Poor man! This is of course too much for the host Pharisee. He was very much impressed earlier by Jesus’ previous talk on the light of the body and so he invited Jesus privately for a dinner. As he entered the house, the host Pharisee thought that he and his family was blessed by the presence of a great teacher, Jesus. Some neighbors and family members were also there and eager to hear Jesus. After spending some time chatting with them Jesus was at the table. Now the Pharisee came to notice that Jesus did not wash his hands before eating that was against the Jewish law. Knowing that the Pharisee was thinking about this, Jesus turned against him and said, “Fools! Did not God, who made the outside, also make the inside?” The Pharisee might have thought now that he should not have invited Jesus for a dinner for such was the humiliation now he has undergone before all other invitees. How do you feel about it? My point of reflection on today’s word of the Lord is the Pharisee’s failure to see his own shortcomings and failures. He was very eager to notice that Jesus was not following the law of ritual washing. In the beginning years of my pastoral life, I was very happy with cleaning the bed room and office by myself. But later only, when some visitor noticed and told me that my room was not so clean and neat, I became aware that it is very easy for a man to notice the faults of others, but very difficult to find his own. From then onwards I never failed to ask someone’s help to clean my room. Others may see better our shortcomings and failures better than us. It was just like going for a confession. Let Jesus be invited to our lives often, and then only we will be able to realize our grave sins and weaknesses of which we were not aware of. He may speak against us, but that is only corrective and redemptive.
                     
 Prayer:    Lord God, we thank you and praise you for your daily eternal bread. Since we are very weak and unable to see our sins as you see, we need always your correction in our daily life. We may never forget in our lives this word of the Lord, “My son, pay attention when the Lord corrects you, and do not be discouraged when he rebukes you. Because the Lord corrects everyone he loves, and punishes everyone he accepts as son.” (Heb 12:5) Amen!


Greetings:       Take courage God is with you! Have a nice and blissful Tuesday…   

Monday, 1 September 2014

“They rose up, dragged Jesus out of the town, and took him to the top of the hill...” (Lk 4:29)

“They rose up, dragged Jesus out of the town, and took him to the top of the hill on which their town was built.” (Lk 4:29)

Today’s Passage: Lk 4:16-30
Meditation:  What is happening there? V.22 says, “They were all well impressed with him and marveled at the eloquent words that he spoke,” and in v.28 we read,” When the people in the synagogue heard this, they were filled with anger.” Is it not interesting to note that the same people responding to Jesus’ message in a different way? Background of the first response is Jesus’ reading of the scripture and his announcement about its fulfillment in him and the second is Jesus’ remarks about their attitude toward the prophets. Why did the people, who were very happy in the beginning of the message, turn to be violent at the end? When I reflected on this I got the message that we are very often reluctant to receive the word in its actual sense. We are not really meditating on it, but just hear and forget. We are quite happy with all those verses that make us feel happy and comfortable, but often reject those make us return to God and truth. For Jesus it was all the more very different. When Jesus said that the passage of scripture has come true today, as they heard it being read, he really meant it. He knew well that if he was after the kingdom of god, he would have to suffer a lot and die on the cross. It is not only a life of teachings and miracles but also a life fully surrendered to the will of the father. The letter to the Hebrews says, “The word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword; it cuts all the way through, to where soul and spirit meet, to where joints and marrow come together. It judges the desires and thoughts of man’s heart.” (Heb 4:12) Abraham believed in God’s promise and walked before him believing it. Faith is not mere confession of the creed; rather it is both believing and living the creed. 
                  
 Prayer:    Lord God, we thank you and praise you for your daily eternal bread. Often we like to hear the word of the Lord and sometimes find time to read it. We go to retreats or bible conventions whenever it is possible. However, we find that our lives remain the same. We thank and praise you for today’s word. Lord, give us the courage, by sending down your Holy Spirit upon us, to take the word of the Lord as the norm of our daily life. 


Greetings:       Take courage God is with you! Have a nice and blissful Monday…   

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone wants to come with me, he must forget self, ....” (Mt 16:24)

Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone wants to come with me, he must forget self, carry his cross, and follow me.” (Mt 16:24)

Today’s Passage: Mt 16:21-27
Meditation:  Today’s word of the Lord reveals hard demands from our Lord Jesus Christ. In order to follow him a disciple should do at least three things: forget his self, carry his cross, and follow Jesus. Of the three demands the first one is today’s focus of reflection, for among the three demands I find the first one as the most difficult one. Definitely, if the first is fulfilled then the other two are, I hope, rather easy. What is the meaning of denying one’s self? It clearly means that the discipleship is completed only when one is able to say “no” to his self and “yes” to his master. It is really the denial of one’s ego. This is otherwise called abiding totally in the master. Now there are no more two entities, but only one. Jesus prayed to the father in the garden of Gethsemane, “Not my will, however, but your will be done.” (Lk 22:42) Jesus surrenders his will to the father’s will. The two different entities become now one and the same. St. Paul says, “It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me.” (Gal 2:20) It is also clearly expressed in another way in the words of a simple woman, Ruth to her mother in law Naomi, “Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you lodge, I lodge; your people shall be people, and your God, my God. Where you die, I will die – there will I be buried. May the Lord do thus and so to me, and more as well, if even death parts me from you.” (Ruth 1:16) How daring and challenging it is! Unless the self of the either partner be emptied or forgotten, the family life will be of hell. Let us first therefore learn to say “yes” to God and “no” to our ego so that in our relationships also we will be able to surrender ourselves for the better cause.            
Prayer:               Lord God, we thank you and praise you for your daily eternal bread. Lord, we are by your grace managing ourselves to carry our own crosses of daily difficulties and hardships. With all these we do find time to follow you by attending masses, praying rosaries, and doing some charity works etc. But there are moments in our life when we are asked to deny ourselves, obey unconditionally, suffer in our life and so on. Here, Lord, we do fail often. We are indeed in need of your help. Amen!  

Greetings:       Take courage God is with you! Have a nice and blissful Sunday…   

Saturday, 30 August 2014

“You have been faithful in managing small amounts, so I will put you in charge of large amounts...!” (Mt 25:23)

“You have been faithful in managing small amounts, so I will put you in charge of large amounts. Come on in and share my happiness!” (Mt 25:23)

Today’s Passage: Mt 25:14-30
Meditation:  It is amazing to see that there is no victory stand before the man to place them in gradation/rank order. That makes us think that each and everyone is equal before the Lord. Both, the one who brought 10,000 silver coins and the other one who brought 4,000 silver coins are appreciated with the same words. What does it mean? When you are entrusted with some duties, your primary duty is to be faithful and then only be successful. Often we see in our day to day life, people are after showing themselves successful and thriving before their master. And if they do not prove themselves successful, they are out of the field. Yes, it is today’s benchmark. The master of this world won’t ask you whether you were faithful and honest in your life or not, but successful or not. But your Lord Jesus asks first faithfulness from you. Blessed Mother Theresa always believed that she was called first to be faithful not to be successful. What was the reward for those who added more to their silver coins? Both of them received the same promise. Why? They were 100% faithful to their duty. The man who was punished failed in his faithfulness. He was thinking and worrying about the success of his life and therefore, scared of doing business with that money. We are given, of course, different talents according to our abilities. You need not try to overcome the other, but try to get the best out of you in honesty and sincerity. In today’s world, even children are taught to overcome and defeat the other. As result, they lose real friendship and joy of co-existence in the world. Let Lord open our minds and hearts!  
                    
Prayer:               Lord God, we thank you and praise you for your daily eternal bread. Lord, we understand today that often we are after success and victory. We smell everywhere a chase after success even at the expense of the failure/destruction of the other. Let us understand carefully what blessed Mother Theresa told, “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”  Amen! 


Greetings:       Take courage God is with you! Have a nice and blissful Saturday…   

Friday, 29 August 2014

“I swear that I will give you anything you ask for, even as much as half my kingdom!” (Mk 6:23)

“I swear that I will give you anything you ask for, even as much as half my kingdom!” (Mk 6:23)

Today’s Passage: Mk 6:17-29
Meditation:  I don’t know whether you call this type of behavior an addiction or not. This man may be mad after dancing.  We know for sure that when people are mad after something they cannot do anything on themselves. They are mere puppets in the hands of what they are addicted to. Earlier, “Herod was afraid of John because he knew that John was a good and holy man, and he kept him safe. He liked to listen to him, even though he became greatly disturbed every time he heard.” (Mk 6:20) What did it happen now? Now Herod forgot everything; he forgot the prophet John the Baptist, his teachings and even the fact that he himself is the king of a country. In the book of Hebrews we read, “See to it that no one becomes like Esau, an immoral and godless person, who sold his birthright for a single weal.” (Heb 12:16) Everyone who is after satisfying his bodily pleasures will be cheated and trapped in many ways by the Satan. King Herod was also cheated by his bodily pleasures; he could not distinguish between what is right and what is wrong. St. Paul says, “You do not belong to yourselves but to God; he bought you for a price. So use your bodies for God’s glory.” (1 Cor 6:19, 20) On this feast day of martyrdom of St. John the Baptist, I would like to meditate on my own shortcomings and failures; for I feel that I am as if before the mirror, St. John the Baptist. Today I am not reflecting on him, rather on myself.
        
Prayer:     Lord God, we thank you and praise you for your daily eternal bread. Lord, we understand today that often we are astray from you because we are after our own inclinations bodily pleasures. With St. Paul let us also be able to realize, “If I do what I don’t want to do, this means that I am no longer the one who does it; instead, it is the sin that lives in me,” (Rom 7:20) and “the wage of sin is death.” (Rom 6:23) Let us remember and pray, “Do not bring us to hard testing, but keep us safe from the Evil one.  Amen!  


Greetings:       Take courage God is with you! Have a nice and blissful Friday…