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.
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.
A real challenge to every Christian; more for those in power to teach and guide specially Bishop, Priests and Religious
What would Jesus tell about us (Bishop, Priests and Religious) so called teachers of today!!!
Lk. 13: 10-17
Listening to today’s Gospel (Lk. 13: 10-17) I feel Christianity is a religion of relationship rather than a religion of laws and regulation.
Jesus condemns the leaders who come to judge his act of healing the woman who had a spirit of informality for eight years. It is not the laws that define a human being rather the love that is shown. It is true to say, the love makes me what I am often even without my knowledge.
Sadly even today, we define the Church on the basis of laws and regulations rather than by the person of Jesus Christ, who lived and lives forever in love of us.
I Cor. 4:1-5
It is the Lord who judges me and only Lord can judge me. How meaningless then would to lead a life that is judged by human beings. Most often we ourselves find it difficult to analyze the intentions of the head when actions are done with heart. Then how can other people judge me correctly, it is the Lord who can judge me, it is to him alone that I need to be accountable.
Where can I find the Lord, to be his? In the deep silence of the heart one can listen to the deep voice which can guide every action of ours
Together with Samuel, let our prayer be, Lord thy servant is listening…
1 Cor. 2: 10b-16
St. Paul in his letter to the Corinthians says the unspiritual man does not receive the gifts of the Spirit of God. Then who can receive the spirit of God, it is the spiritual man who can receive the spirit of God.
How do we know one is spiritual man, I feel we often mistake between the spiritual man and the religious man, there is a lot of difference between, being spiritual and religious. One does become spiritual because he is religious; the spirituality had nothing to do with the cult. However sometimes it can express itself in cult (but rarely). Then who is a Spiritual man? The reading of today end saying it is the one who have the mind of Christ. Having the mind of Christ is the secret to become spiritual; it is not external expression of faith rather external actions of charity rooted in the love of Christ.
Lk. 4: 16-30
Given the circumstances Jesus never bothered about what is going to happen rather he always was focused in fulfilling his vocation; to proclaim the kingdom of God. Being in the side of truth is the biggest challenge of the time. Can you tell the King you are naked? Can you tell your superior you are wrong?: a real challenge. However Jesus does not feel anything wrong in challenging a whole group of people for their wrong doings.
All that matters is not your love for God expressed in words; rather the love manifested in action fulfilling the commandment.
If I say “I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,” there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in and I cannot. (Jer. 20: 9)
It is very true being different, the messenger of God, is foolish in the eye of the world; because, it does not know the person about whom being spoken. However the one who knows cannot but hold on in his heart but he has to express it in his action which speaks louder than the words. When we see some people speaking about God on the road side and when it is only with words alone, I feel not their hearts but their mouth is filled with fire, which can destroy rather than construct.
Mt. 14: 22-33
He (Jesus) said, “Come”.
To the horrified disciples Jesus says do not worry it is me. Hearing that Peter says then Lord let me come to you. The master says, “come”. Trusting in the Lord he walks courageously on the troubled see for he sees only the master and hears only his words come.
But soon he looks around and sees what he is doing and thinks of himself (a bit of selfishness in thought), I am doing it. Peter started to sink into the water, he calls out master help me I am drowning, and Jesus calls him, hi man of little faith.
Where do I stand, how deep am I in my faith. Most often I too am like Peter I jump into the water then find myself as one with a shallow faith. The depth of my faith can be judged only by the actions I do.
Mt. 17: 14-20
The well of providence is deep but we often approach it with a small bucket. People flock when they hear of some special grace and blessings. There are even people who are ready to buy god’s blessings with money.
One age old incident goes like this; once up on a time in rural village people were struggling due to the heavy drought. After a long discussion and meetings being religious people they decided to conduct a special prayer session under the leadership of the parish priest. The people flocked for all were really in need of rain. Yet only a small boy came with the umbrella. Though the incident looks simply it is powerfully communicating its message; a message of true faith; a faith without conditions.
Can we believe in such degree? Is my faith strong enough to say I know my god will Grand me the graces. Faith is not about praying for things, rather it a believe that what prayed for is granted.
What do you value as greatest in your life? The attachment to the possessions can take us away from people and God, making us selfish. The life lived for the self-glory and fame is not worth, the life is made good only by the good that we can achieve during the life time.
1 Jn 4: 7-16
Let us love another; for love is of God, and he who love is born of God and knows God.
Can you love one another as brothers even when other hurts you. It is in loving another we see God and not through the great sacrifices that you make.
Mt. 13: 31-35
“The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all seeds but when grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”
Though insignificant you are in the eyes of the world, you can make radical changes and contributions trusting in God.