01 Jun 2015 Leave a comment
08 Mar 2015 Leave a comment
3rd Sunday of Lent.
We hear this passionate reaction of Jesus in the Jerusalem temple. All the Gospels narrates this incident with great accuracy of it. Jerusalem Temple was in 30 acres of Land. It was not just a temple, rather a collection of temples. According to the discernment of the priest, one could go to one of the temples and offer sacrifice and prayer. The main temple in the center of it was called Holy of Holy where only the High priest could go and offer sacrifice. Now in the smaller temples where very ordinary people were coming and offering sacrifices and prayers, the temple was not making any income. so the authorities of the temple decided to give it for traders and make money. Now Jesus sees it and He does what we hear in the Gospel of today. If Jesus would come to our heart and temple of our life, what will He find there?? How will He react to us and to our conditions?? Lent we pray that we have passion for His Temple that is our Life.
Wish each and everyone a very happy Sunday.
07 Mar 2015 Leave a comment
The Lord is kind and merciful.
Yes, we are in the Lent and we meditate mostly not on our sins, but on the Mercy of God. How much He loves us and How much He longs for us. May be this Saturday of the Lent, that should be our meditation and prayer. The Responsorial Psalm of the day tells to us that the Lord is Kind and Merciful. And we know it from our life that the Lord had shown to us many times His kindness and mercy. If we were going to be treated according to our sins and mistakes and if God were to record our sins and weakness, I think, the world would have already come to an end. We all are the living examples and living witness of the Love of God. Let us remain in His Love and compassion and let us also show to others as the Lord has shown to us.
06 Mar 2015 Leave a comment
They answered him,
“He will put those wretched men to a wretched death
and lease his vineyard to other tenants
who will give him the produce at the proper times
Yes, that was the Jewish understanding that they were the elected people of God. That God is on their side and nothing was going to harm them or none was going to be against them or they could be whatever they wanted to be and so on and so forth. But then Jesus proves them that they are wrong. For, they have not done / produced fruit as Yahweh expected of them. So Jesus underlines what the wrongs that they had committed down through the time, killing of prophets, killing of priests and many more murders that they had done. Now He also foretells His own death. But the parable of today is concluded by telling that the Kingdom of God will be taken away from them and will be given to someone else who would produce the fruit in due season. This is Lent and the Lenten season is a time to produce the fruit, or even a time to look ask ourselves valid question and to correct our non fruit producing behaviors, that we will be part and parcel of the Kingdom of God or I think that the history will be repeated.
05 Mar 2015 Leave a comment
Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings,
who seeks his strength in flesh,
whose heart turns away from the LORD.
He is like a barren bush in the desert
that enjoys no change of season,
But stands in a lava waste,
a salt and empty earth.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose hope is the LORD.
He is like a tree planted beside the waters
that stretches out its roots to the stream:
It fears not the heat when it comes,
its leaves stay green;
Very seldom we have this unique readings in the whole of the Bible. The Psalm 1 is the first reading from the book of Prophet Jeremiah. He compares the differences between this two kind of people. The one who trusts in the Lord and the one who trust in Himself. The one who trusts in Himself is like the plant that is planted in the desert, it is far from the land and its beautify is not enjoyed by anyone or anything, but in the parched land. But the one that trust in the Lord is like one who is planted near the running waters. It does not fear the scorching heat, its leaves are always green and full of life. On this day of Lent, we ask ourselves in whom do we trust??Is it in our health, wealth, beauty or in anything else?? or do we trust in the Lord. Pray for the ability to trust in the Lord unconditionally as He loves us unconditionally.
04 Mar 2015 Leave a comment
But Jesus summoned them and said,
“You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them,
and the great ones make their authority over them felt.
But it shall not be so among you.
Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant;
whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave.
Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve
and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
The disciples of Jesus were from different walks of life. There were fisher men, there was Mathew who was tax collector, there was Judas who handled the money business and so on and so forth. So this might have been a discussion among them that who is the greatest of them? Now when Jesus speaks about His passion and Death, they discuss about the greatness of them. But Jesus had something different to teach them than what they might had had in their mind. He says, the one who wants to be great among should be the least and servant of all. So at our time too this is a problem who is greatest among the equals?? we all are indeed one and let us be at the service of the others. This Lenten season we pray for this humility and to hold on to this value of life.
03 Mar 2015 Leave a comment
Come now, let us set things right,
says the LORD:
Though your sins be like scarlet,
they may become white as snow;
Though they be crimson red,
they may become white as wool.
That is one of the most beautiful invitation that we find in the Old Testament. Come let us reason it. The Lord who loves all of us invites us to come to Him and reason with Him. It may sound funny, why should God invite this little human beings to Himself. But His love has not measure, that He invites us to go and sit with Him and Reason with Him and take away the sins from our life. Even though your sins are like scarlet , i will make it like white wool. We need this conviction and understanding that He is always there waiting for us to come and wash in His blood. Let us go to Him and reason with Him and make our lives clean and worthy of our call.