Today with Jesus
- Today’s Bible verse
"Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.” (Luke :15:21)
Have you at any time cried with remorse and repentance?
Even the hardest minds will soften when hearing these meaningful words in the English language – thank you, excuse me, sorry, and I love you. Rare use of these words have made humans more inhuman. In each person, there is a moral compass of individual conscience created by God to discern what is pure and what is impure. Each time we ignore the voice of the inner man (conscience), we lose the sensitivity and power to hear the voice of God. Our heart will become hardened like Pharaoh in the Bible, making us fit for God’s wrath. We should not postpone saying sorry to people whom we have hurt in any way. We lose nothing when we apologise but only stand to gain goodwill and happiness. The Bible records a colourful variety of examples, including the episode of king David. He sent a soldier to his death so that he could marry his widow Bathsheba. Subsequently, he displayed remorse and repented for his act. He publically acknowledged his wrong doing. In today's times, it is rare to see people accepting and apologizing for their mistakes. This is a dangerous situation of self-destruction. Confession tables are empty waiting for patrons. You find arrogance everywhere - homes, work places, worship centers etc. - everybody thinks they are infallible and want to live life on their own terms.
A classic example to emulate is the British Prime Minister, David Cameron who made an apology to the families of victims of Bloody Sunday. In 1972, thirteen Catholic demonstrators in Northern Ireland were killed when British soldiers opened fire on a group of protestors. In June, after a 12 year investigation, it was confirmed indisputably that the protestors were unarmed. So the Prime Minister offered a public apology on behalf of the country as a whole in the British House of Commons. He said, “You don’t defend the British army by defending the indefensible.” Cameron went on to say, “What happened on bloody Sunday was both unjustified and unjustifiable.”
Don’t forget and be ashamed to say sorry for your mistakes. This will enhance your spirit and vitality. Let us examine ourselves on a daily basis and make sure that we owe no apologies to anyone. Let us be prompt in apologizing for our mistakes.
Prayer : Jesus, let us have the minds of penitence for our sins. Please reveal to us those who are still in their pains and grudge due to our wrongdoings and sins. Let us have the courage to ask for their forgiveness. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Toronto, Sunday, 9th January 2011
Sunday Mass 9 A.M. to 10 A.M. Sunday School 10 A.M. to 10.30
- 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