Today with Jesus
- Today’s Bible verse
”Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” (Romans 12:15)
Do you feel let down by your loved ones when you need them the most?
We always long to be in the presence of our loved ones. Togetherness in love expels the fear of life - in sickness, loneliness, and death. Loneliness is the greatest tragedy faced by today’s hectic globalized modern society. We neither find time to share our joys nor make time to listen to others’ sorrows resulting in a lot of people trying to cope up with the reality of staying alone. We are even reluctant and afraid to reveal our fears and tears to others. Humanity or the human touch is vanishing very fast from our life. In the pursuit of happiness, we have actually lost happiness by detaching the attachment that we need to have with our fellow beings. According to the Bible, “Pure and undefiled religion before God is to visit orphans and widows in their troubles.” So, we should somehow find time for loved ones and others to make our lives meaningful.
A man had been injured and disfigured while trying to save his parents from a fire. Unfortunately, he could not save them and interpreted this as God’s punishment. The man wouldn’t let anyone see him, not even his wife. She went for help to Dr. Maxwell Maltz, a plastic surgeon who told her not to worry. “I can restore his face.” But she told him, “I want you to disfigure my face so I can be like him.” Dr. Maltz was shocked. He denied her request but was so moved by this woman’s love that he went to speak with her husband. Knocking on the man’s bedroom door, he called loudly, “I’m a plastic surgeon, and I want you to know that I can restore your face.” But he didn’t respond. Still speaking through the door,
Dr. Maltz told the man of his wife’s proposal, “She wants me to disfigure her face like yours in the hope that you will let her back into your life. That‘s how much she loves you.” After a brief moment of silence, slowly, the door knob began to turn. The man had regained his sense and normalcy.
Jesus loves to be with the ones He loves. So God our Lord took a human form to be with us forever. So, we should share everything and take care of our fellow beings without any excuses...that feeling of joy is heavenly and unexplainable, and definitely needs to be experienced.
Prayer : Jesus, you are always with those who are in need. Help us to share the sorrows, tears and happiness with each other. Let no one feel she/he is alone. Let us search and find the needy and their needs, and be a saviour to them. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Toronto, Tuesday, 30th November 2010
- Today with Jesus
“Leave these men alone! Let them go.” (Acts 5:38)
The sign of the Cross on the television tower in Berlin : “The
sign of unbeatable sign of worship,”- Ronald Regan, President of USA in 1987.
Till the passing of
the present earth and heaven, Christ, his Cross and its principles would be
valued and be in proclamation for the salvation of the world. No power on earth
can wipe out the eternal truth of God from the face of this earth. It is always
better not to fight and antagonize Christ and his principles. When Peter and other disciples were put in
jail to be punished by the assembly of Jews, the great respected learned
teacher, Gamaliel, advised them,
"Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will
fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will
only find yourselves fighting against God” -(Acts 5:38&39). It is an universal law for a smooth peaceful
way of co-operative living on earth.
After the second world
war, Berlin was under Communist government. Most of the churches and its
symbols were destroyed to crush the faith in Jesus. To show the power and
strength of atheism and communism, Walter Ulbech, the head of communist
Germany, constructed the tallest television tower in Germany. On top of the
tower is a stainless steel globe in rotation.
As soon as the construction was over,
everyone was shocked to find a shining and glittering sign of a cross on
the globe from top to bottom. The sun's rays shone on the globe from all sides
making the cross to glitter. The
engineers tried all their might to erase it, but in vain. Still it is there to proclaim to the world
that the cross is our salvation.
Conscience question: Are we in a fight against Christ and
his teachings by our actions of projecting and selling ourselves for self-glorification?
Prayer: Jesus, let us be the promoters of your signs
and symbols of your sacrifice on the cross for our salvation and eternity. Let
us not be destroyers, but custodians of your teachings. We pray for all those
who are in the ministry to spread your good news of salvation on the cross. Let
all those who believe in you be in salvation and the fighters against you be in
conversion. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
16th October 2012