The gospel of St. Mark 6: 1-6 presents to us the rejection of Jesus in His own country. The passage ends saying Jesus could not do many miracles due to their unbelief.
It is of importance to analyse why Jesus could not enter into their lives or rather why they could not accept Jesus? The most obvious reason is the fact that they could accept Jesus only as a carpenter, the son of Mary and the bother of James and Joset and Judas (v. 3). They were not able to change the preconceived ideas of Jesus that existed in their minds.
Often, we too are faced with the same challenge in our day today lives in relating to people, especially whom we have already known. Even after an individual has made lot of efforts, we are not willing to accept the fact that he/she has changed his/her ways of thinking and acting. The danger is, we can miss out the Lord who is coming to our lives and the experience of healing and bliss of the Lord that would be brought by the presence of that individual.
The challenge placed before us is to give a new beginning to everyone, though at time it is very hard.
In the words of Fr. Johnson Karnoor, the Parish Priest of the place: “On April 28, 2001, in the parish church of St. Mary of Chirattakonam, we began the Novena to St. Jude Thaddeus as we did every year. At 8:49am, I exposed the Most Holy Sacrament in the monstrance for public adoration. After a few moments I saw what appeared to be three dots in the Holy Eucharist. I then stopped praying and began to look at the monstrance, also inviting the faithful to admire the three dots. I then asked the faithful to remain in prayer and reposed the monstrance in the tabernacle. On April 30th, I celebrated the Holy Mass and on the following day I left for Trivandrum. On Saturday morning, the 5th of May 2001, I opened the church for the usual liturgical celebrations. I vested for Mass and went to open the tabernacle to see what had happened to the Eucharist in the monstrance. I immediately noted in the Host, a figure, to the likeness of a human face. I was deeply moved and asked the faithful to kneel and begin praying. I thought I alone could see the face so I asked the altar server what he noticed in the monstrance. He answered: ‘I see the figure of a man.’ I noticed that the rest of the faithful were looking intently at the monstrance.
“We began Adoration and as the minutes went by, the image became more and more clear. I did not have the courage to say anything and I began to cry. During Adoration, we have the practice of reading a passage from Holy Scriptures. The reading of the day was the one from Chapter 20 in the Gospel of John, which narrates the story of when Jesus appeared to St. Thomas and asked him to look at the wounds. I was only able to say a few words in my homily, and, having to leave for the nearby parish of Kokkodu to celebrate Mass, I immediately summoned a photographer to take pictures of the Holy Eucharist with the human face on it. After two hours all the photos were developed; with the passing of the time the face in every photo became more and more clear.”
Jesus said to his disciples:
“You have heard that it was said, You shall not commit adultery.
But I say to you,
everyone who looks at a woman with lust
has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Jesus made it clear to his disciples what matters is not just the action but the process of reaching to the action. In a world of consumerism where objectification of the other is a norm, Jesus condemns it.
സ്നേഹത്തിൻ ഭയത്തിന് ഇടമില്ല; പൂർണ്ണമായ സ്നേഹം ഭയത്തെ ബഹിഷ്കരിക്കുന്നു. കാരണം ഭയം ശക്ഷയക്കുറിച്ചാണ്. ഭയപ്പെടുന്നവൻ സ്നേഹത്തിൽ പൂർണ്ണനായിട്ടില്ല. (1 യോഹ. 4:18)
നമ്മുടെ ജീവിതത്തിലെ ബന്ധങ്ങൾ എന്തിൽ അധിഷ്ഠിതമാണ്?
What is that comes to our mind when we speak of lent?
Often we see lent as a season to abstain from many things, consequently we consider it as a season which is least preferred…
However, lent can become the most significant time in the life every Christian if we change our out look towards the same. Lent is not a season of fast and abstinence alone, which is often so momentary. Rather it is a time to break and make habits which can help us to stay close to the Lord.
When seen from this perspective lent becomes a real time of personal conversation. A time of transformation of the self to the other in prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
What is prayer? It is an age old question that many sipitual gurus have tried explaining to us, after all what is prayer. Yet there is no one understanding of it.
Fr PI Thomas during the mass explained prayer as ‘resting in God‘ and I found it very meaningful this explanation.
Even if we don’t understand it, I should say prayer must resting in God, for rest is not a luxury, rather a necessity of every human being…we feel refreshed after the rest, energetic for another day of activities, prayer should lead us to the same experience.
Resting in God, we must be made strong for doing good.
Faith is like an ‘Open Wifi’ and the speciality is it is available always and everywhere. However, as the devices need to be connected to the wifi to access, we too need to connect to the faith to access it.
The question is are you connected?
Its interesting to note that sufferings when accepted brings one closer to God.
Putting it in other words when not accepted, suffering has no value of its own. Its take a person away from God and his fellow beings.
“Help me, O Lord,
… that my eyes may be merciful, so that I will never be suspicious or judge by appearances, but always look for what is beautiful in my neighbours’ souls and be of help to them; Continue reading “Divine Mercy Prayer”
“Free yourself from all the offences you have committed and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why should you die, Israel? I do not want the death of anyone, word of Yahweh, but that you be converted and live!” (Ezk. 18: 31- 32)
Celebrating the Holy Thursday, washing of the feet has a outstanding role. It reminds us of the unconditional love of the Lord Jesus. Though a God, who was willing to wash the feet of his disciples. In the Jewish tradition washing of the feet was the work of a slave. Jesus, the Lord and Master chooses to become a slave for the Salvation of his disciple and of the whole world. Continue reading “A Real Need but If It becomes Artificial!”
I was with this question for last few days
Why did Jesus fall for three time during his journey to Calvary? Is not Jesus the Son of God powerful enough to undertake these suffering, and carry the cross without any fall?
(More personal: What is it that Jesus communicating through these acts to me?)
The Gospel today asks us two questions:
Do we accept people who have a different views (often the right views) on things?
Do we have a view of our own and do we ever dare to stand by it even when the whole world is against us for we know something that we stand for is right and true?
In the gospel of today we see Jesus cleansing the temple, driving out all who were making the temple a market place. So to say Jesus was restoring the Divinity of the Temple and it was a need for him to be present there.
Every day in our lives (or most often) we receive Blessed Sacrament, inviting Jesus to be with us, asking him to take possession of us.
But have we ever thought, what kind of a cleaning that we require to invite Jesus? Will he be happy to find us in the state we are now? If not what are the changes that we need to make?
Let this season of lent help us to recommit ourselves with new vigour and energy
Jesus said to them, “…Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation producing the fruits of it.” (Mt. 21: 43)
Are we worthy to receive the kingdom of God amidst us? Or will Jesus looking at us will say, it (kingdom of God) will be taken away from and given to a nation producing the fruits of it?
However, our desire to be a good Christian should be manifested in daily actions of love for God and Neighbour.