Today with Jesus
- Today’s Bible verse
"Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all are appointed to die." (Proverbs 31:8)
Have you ever felt that someone should stand up and talk for you?
Voice for the voiceless and defence for the defenceless is a far away cry. There are plenty of people for the rich, mighty, beautiful, healthy and influential. But the poor and oppressed people have nobody. If nobody is there to hear the cry of the voiceless, do not worry - Christ is waiting there to hear you, save you, fight for you and bring you justice. When the priest and the scribes threw the blind man (who was healed by Jesus) out of the church, Jesus was there to help him. “When Jesus heard what had happened, he found the man and asked, “Do you believe in the son of man” ( John 9 :35). “Yes Lord, I believe! the man said. And he worshipped Jesus”(John 9:38). That is real devotion. "Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you” (James 1”27). Let us plead for the cause of the oppressed.
On the 4th of this month, the Punjab Governor, Salman Tasseer in Pakistan was gunned down by his bodyguard. The bodyguard was enraged at the Governor for his stance on a voiceless young mother of five, Aasia Bibi waiting for death sentence in Jail. Aasia Bibi is a Christian convert facing execution because of the country’s law of blasphemy. "He stood up for those who don’t even have a voice. He went all the way to see her in jail. No one else did that", said a relative of Aasia Bibi. On December 31, 4 days before his death, Tasser held his ground, offering these prophetic words on Twitter, “I was under huge pressure sure 2 cow down b 4 rightist pressure on Blasphemy. Refused. Even if I’m this last man standing.” A Muslim ruler at the risk of his life stands for a defenceless Woman! Unbelievable! The species of the good are not extinct! May God rest his soul in peace.
Prayer : Jesus, we pray for Aasia Bibi from her execution. We pray for all those who are defenceless in homes, in jobs, and in their day to day life. We pray for the people who stand for justice. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Toronto, Friday, 7th 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