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Thursday, 28 August 2014

“How happy that servant is if his master finds him doing his duty when he comes home!” (Mt 24:46)

“How happy that servant is if his master finds him doing his duty when he comes home!” (Mt 24:46)

Today’s Passage: Mt 24:42-51
Meditation:  Today’s word of the Lord rightly reflects the life of a true Christian. He is on 24hrs duty. There is no vacation in Christian life. It is not just like the Jews’ saying, “we are sons of Abraham.” (Jn 8:39) Why? For, in the new Israel, ‘the children of God born as a result of God’s promises are regarded as true descendants.’ (Rom 9:8) The Gospel of St. John says, “Some, however, did receive him and believed in him; so he gave them the right to become God’s children. They did not become God’s children by natural means, that is, by being born as the children of a human father; God himself was their father.” (Jn 1:12, 13) What does it mean? Christian life is a challenging life; it demands a lot of things from you. Each moment of your life, you have to prove yourself a Christian. Your family Christian tradition is not a guarantee that you are a Christian. If you don’t live a Christian life all throughout your life, there will be the judgment, “Not everyone who calls me ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only those who do what my Father in heaven wants them to do.” (Mt 7:21) To be a Christian is not then a part time call, but call to be a Christian in each moment of your life. Therefore, what we have to do is like good servants, always be on our Christian duty. Let us try to live as to hear, “How happy that Christian is if his master Jesus Christ finds him as a genuine Christian doing his daily duties faithfully when he comes again!”  
              
Prayer:      Lord God, we thank you and praise you for your daily eternal bread. Lord, we understand today that our Christian life is not a part-time vocation, but it is a full-time vocation. Whether we are in the church, our houses, colleges or offices we are Christians doing our duties, giving witness to you in our circumstances. Once we forget our vocation and mission, even for a moment, we are going away from you that invite judgment and condemnation. Amen!  


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

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

“You hypocrites! You make fine tombs for the prophets and decorate the monuments of those who lived good lives.” (Mt 23:29)

 “You hypocrites! You make fine tombs for the prophets and decorate the monuments of those who lived good lives.” (Mt 23:29)

Today’s Passage: Mt 23:27-32
Meditation:  I am thinking today that why Jesus is behaving like this. See! The Pharisees and the teachers of the law are spending the whole amount of money from their pockets for making fine tombs; it is not for them or their people, but the prophets of God. If it were today that it happened; what would have been people thinking of it? I hope that people will surely whisper; ‘if at all Jesus couldn’t say anything good or positive about them, he could have at least kept mum against them than scolding and reproaching publically.’ But, we do find that on another occasion this Jesus himself is doing positively within no time on others’ recommendation, ‘this roman officer really deserves your help. He loves our people and he himself built a synagogue for us’ (Lk 7:5). This makes us think that Jesus is provoked, in a special way, here in this particular instance of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law. Why is Jesus so offended here? It is because of their share in the offences of their fathers who killed the prophets and the righteous ones. Therefore, it is not that money that matters, but the sponsors’ heart and life. The book of Ezekiel clearly teaches, “The person who sins shall die. A child shall not suffer for the iniquity of the parent. Nor a parent suffer for the iniquity of a child; the righteousness of the righteous shall be his own, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be his own” (Ezk 18:20). Yes, it is the widow’s two coins that caught the attention of Jesus than the gifts of the rich (Lk 21:1-4).        
Prayer:               Lord God, we thank you and praise you for your daily eternal bread. Let us be able to open our hearts before you. We are giving portions of whatever we have, but fail to offer ourselves as a pleasing oblation to you; ‘a living and holy sacrifice’ to you (Rom 12:1). Help us to understand that you are not anyway pleased in our different gift offerings, but deeply interested in offering ourselves, pure and holy. Amen!  

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

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

“You hypocrites! You clean the outside of your cup and plate, while the inside is full of .... ” (Mt 23: 25)

“You hypocrites! You clean the outside of your cup and plate, while the inside is full of what you have obtained by violence and selfishness. ” (Mt 23: 25)  

Today’s Passage: Mt 23:23-26
Meditation:     Jesus continues again his criticism against the Pharisees and the teachers of the law. No! He invites again review ourselves and be his witnesses in today’s world. In the first book of Samuel we find God saying Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” (16:7). Since one can be judged by the other normally through his outward appearances, he is satisfied with his external behavior, beauty or external manifestation. We are, then, in a world where man cannot believe what he sees or hears. Even the smile that you received joyfully in the morning, the cry you heartily sympathized on during your office time, or even the heart breaking story that you heard in the evening, however,  makes you whisper later ‘people are not nowadays trustworthy.’ On the one hand, somewhere people have lost confidence in each other, on the other hand, people easily believes the other and are cheated over and over again. Jesus warns us today that if we are not sincere in our behavior we will mislead our people. If we do not lead our people properly, we will be responsible the fall of the people and shall be condemned and punished for the same. Let us try to be like Moses in the house of the Lord, faithful and truthful servant. He never misled the people even when he was punished by God for his single moment of his disbelief. Primarily we are not before men, but before the ever living God, “who have searched me and known me” (Ps 139:1).                      
Prayer:               Lord God, we thank you and praise you for your daily eternal bread. Mother Mary, who brought up child Jesus gaining favor with God and man, may also help us gain favor both with God and man. For this we need to lead a life of honesty and sincerity. May God help us by sending his Holy Spirit upon us that we may be always truthful and sincere in our lives! Amen!  

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

Monday, 25 August 2014

“You hypocrites! You sail the seas and cross whole countries to win one convert; … as you yourselves are!” (Mt 23: 15)

“You hypocrites! You sail the seas and cross whole countries to win one convert; … as you yourselves are!” (Mt 23: 15)

Today’s Passage: Mt 23:13-22
Meditation:     “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 yourselves are!” (Mt 23: 15) This message of Jesus makes me rethink about our evangelization or missionary activities. Here I share one or two of the ordinary instances. This is not only for the notice of priests and the religious but also for lay people, especially youngsters who build up their Christian family life together. In my last 17 years of pastoral experience some three or four times I have asked the bridegrooms, during their pre-marriage preparations, why they should put their partners’ life in trouble. Why such a question? Because, in all these cases the brides were non Christians but they had already known and loved Jesus. Two of them have shared their Christ experiences from their schooldays on and only because of that they loved this marriage proposal and proud to be part of a Christian family and continue their faith. Good girls, thorough with elementary faith prayers and teachings. But, when I came to my catholic part, they were, after ten years and plus of catechism formation, ignorant and indifferent about their faith. In another case, two of them were living together after a registered marriage and have a child of six years old, but wanted to have a Christian marriage (may be because of the pressure from family or society). I went for the canonical procedures and at last they were called for a preparation in view of their Christian marriage. Although, I was astonished by the poor woman’s faith and how she lives that faith through her prayers, I was really upset and belittled by the ignorance and indifference of the man. Even today, it grieves to my heart; the pain these poor women take to keep themselves united Christ, and the way they were disappointed with the lives of their Christian partners living an unchristian life. Jesus’ criticizes today each one of us for the irresponsibility we are having in our living and witnessing the Christian life. 
                                 
Prayer: Lord God, we thank you and praise you for your daily eternal bread. We are very proud of our family and faith traditions. But as you put your fingers against the Pharisees today, we realize that it is really against us also. Many anonymous poor Christians are ready to lay down even their life for you, but what we have is only the Christian name and some boasting on faith traditions. Lord, have mercy on us, hypocrites. Amen.  


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

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” (Mt 16:16)

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” (Mt 16:16)

Today’s Passage: Mt 16:13-20
Meditation:     What is the content of today’s gospel reading? It is Peter’s declaration about Jesus as “the messiah, the son of the living God.” What was the context of this answer of Peter? It was a prompt answer to Jesus’ question about what the disciples think of him who he is. At what place this conversation has this taken place? It has taken place in the town of Caesarea Philippi, an area of temples of the ancient Syrian Baal worship and Caesar worship. Why did Jesus, then, want his disciples confess him at this particular place? I think this has a lot to do with the place from where Peter is making this public confession. Today, I want to meditate on this subject particularly. Of course, public confession or proclamation doesn’t mean always you stand in the public corners with microphone and loud speakers and preach his kingdom message. There are plenty of occasions where we can silently and effectively proclaim him. I am proud to tell you that even the Christian name, the pious articles and dresses you wear, the way you behave before others, and your habit formation, etc are the simple and real means of your proclamation of Jesus. All those things are to be made use of in our daily life for a better proclamation of Jesus. Some may think that the identity revelation is sometimes dangerous. Yes, it is surely dangerous when you do evil, wearing all these things. Like the Israelites, who marked their houses with the blood of the lamb, were saved, you also will be saved by God. For Jesus promises, “If anyone declares publicly that he belongs to me; I will do the same for him before my Father in heaven. But if he anyone rejects me publicly, I will reject him too before my Father in heaven.” (Mt 10:32, 33) The first commandment itself is, “I am the Lord your God, you shall not have other gods before me.” (Ex 20:1,2) Let us also not be among those hypocrites, who praises him inside the church and denies him before others through his words and deeds.

Prayer:  Lord God, we thank you and praise you for your daily eternal bread. We are very active in the family and church prayers where we feel a social religious security. But, when we are outside this religious atmosphere often we don’t want to reveal ourselves which can lead us even to give counter witness to you. Give us the courage of Elijah who firmly believed in you and challenged the king and 450 prophets of Baal in our daily lives. Amen! 
Greetings:       Take courage God is with you! Have a nice and blissful Sunday…