Today with Jesus
- Today’s Bible verse
"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (Thessalonians 5”16-18)
Do you want your presence to be a blessing for others which can make you more happier?
In today's world, people climb up the ladder of life using wrong and devious methods. This is a slippery path and can only end in disaster. So there is no peace, love, joy, unity in life. We fail to notice what’s going right. It’s often necessary to focus on what is wrong in order to make things better. The negative carriers are always despicable and unwelcome in the company of good. They won’t have any genuine friends. There is a golden rule in English grammar - use positive words; avoid negative words. Instead of: only some 40 odd people turned out for the opening of the Church, we could say, over 50 people participated in the opening of the church. This minor change will do a profound impact about you in front of others and in your life. Keep a card in your wallet with the words, “Drop the negativity and focus on the blessings.” Then you will be amazed at how rewarding this shift in thinking can be. You will become more easily satisfied, loving, grateful, and appreciative. For this we should have a bit of intent, practice, and repetition.
Abraham is a retired, happy rich man in my church in India. For the past 24 years, he has been the most welcomed and cherished member, both in the Church and my residence. Now in his 70’s, he still drives his old scooter even though he has all the richness to buy a BMW car. He always comes with a smiling face that itself changes all my bad moods and makes me happy. One can only hear him talk positive things in life and he is generous with his blessings for others, which makes you feel really blessed. He used to say, ”Acha (Priest), I’m fully satisfied in my life. God has blessed me immensely. I have no complaints about anything.” But I know that when looked at negatively, he too has many complaints and problems in his life. May God bless this kind of people.
King Davis says, “Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love endures forever” (Psalm 106:1). In the words of Eric Hoffer, ”The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings." Say a big no to negativity of any kind. Then, see the change in your life, in your home, and in your job.
Prayer : Jesus, we pray for those who are living with negative attitudes and its products of poverty and sorrows. Let all satanic and negative habits be uprooted and instead plant minds to count and appreciate their blessings. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Toronto, Thursday 6th January 2011
Sunday Mass 9 A.M. to 10 A.M. Sunday School 10 A.M. to 10.30 A.M.
- 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