Friday, April 28, 2023
Friday, April 21, 2023
Wednesday, April 19, 2023
Dear friends in Christ, I was just imagining that if Jesus had called the generation of his time as 'adulterous and sinful', what could he have named the present generation? We come across many people who are ashamed to call themselves Christians or people who are ashamed of the word of God.
We know the next coming of Jesus to this world with all his glory is not to show mercy but to judge the world according to his righteousness. Now, Jesus is willing to show us mercy if we ask him pardon for our sins and try to live a holy life following his word and his teachings.
We read in Matthew 10:33 – "But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father." It is not that God is not merciful, he is indeed full of mercy and compassion. The love that God has for us is revealed in the person of Jesus. How much are we grateful to God for this love? What is blocking us to accept the person of Jesus as our personal and only Saviour and obey his word?
We all know the richness of the word of God. In my life experience, it is only the word of God which speaks directly to the soul. We read in Psalms 119:11 – "I have laid up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you." A person who loves the word of God and who loves Jesus can easily attain eternal life and he is not afraid of the next coming of Jesus rather he is eagerly waiting for his coming to judge the world.
Let us all be ready to welcome Jesus for his next coming. Amen.
Reflection on Mark 8: 27-38 by Fr. George Joseph SVD
(Listen to the Podcast here)
Sunday, April 16, 2023
The needs in our daily lives can be overwhelming sometimes that we are skeptical or having doubts of our future. Especially with the raising of prices following economic depression that our income seems so low to help us make ends meet.
Again today, we read about a large crowd gathered around Jesus. He noticed that they had been following Him for three days, and running out of their supplies ‐ nothing to eat. He was afraid they would collapse if He sent them home, hungry (v.1‐3). Let’s stop here. Oftentimes we are afraid of our future, even our daily lives. We do not realize that our Lord Jesus notices everything. He doesn’t only care about our spiritual needs but also physical necessities.
With the seven loaves available, Jesus gave thanks to God over them and broke them into pieces. He did the same over a few small fish available; blessed them and then fed at least four thousand men. Let’s stop again here. Sometimes we think we need to earn a lot to be able to sustain everything, especially when we have a family to take care of. And when we only have a little, we are worried or unsatisfied. Jesus teaches us to give thanks over anything we have including a little income, a few supplies at home, a little insurance, a little talent, a humble job, etc., because we do not depend on the resources but on Jesus Himself. What He did exceeded the need, seven full baskets of the blessed food left, while every one was full.
At the end of this passage, the Pharisees came and tested Jesus, asking for a sign from heaven. Jesus sighed, didn’t give any sign and left (v.11‐13). It is our option to believe in Jesus or not because, despite how many miracles He had performed, there were always doubts over His power, His deity. Even His disciples questioned the possibility of feeding the thousands of people (v.4).
Give thanks over the only little things we have. Trust Jesus, He is more than able to take care of us. Thank you Lord.
Monday, April 10, 2023
The Pharisees and the Jews had been focused on the many traditions that Moses had entrusted to Israel. They forgot the spirit of the Law, which was God's relentless Love for His people. He gave the Laws, so that they would not sin in their hearts and stray from Him to follow the pagan gods. In this gospel account, Jesus is clear that it is what lies within the heart of a man that defiles.
A beautiful reminder of St Paul's principle to godly joy in Philippians 4:8: "Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." If I am to keep my heart pure and dedicated to God, it is of utmost importance that I keep my mind focused on things that are true, honorable, just and pure.