Today with Jesus
- Today’s Bible verse
“I will give half of my property to the poor. And I will now pay back four times as much to everyone I have ever cheated.” (Luke 19:8)
Do you think a mere 'sorry' will heal wounds?
Without really feeling guilty, people say sorry after hurting and breaking others' hearts. When this happens, nobody is happy because the people concerned know that it was not genuinely meant. Genuine apology and reconciliation come only after re-compensating the damage in kind or in words. Apology is the first step in the reconciliation process. Confession in front of a priest alone never solves a problem. The culprit should be punished and they should be ready to accept it. Before confessing to a priest, it is important to apologize and seek pardon from the people you have hurt in words or deeds. Then come and do the confession and get pardoned by God. "Leave your gift there in front of the altar. Make peace with that person, then come back and offer your gift to God" (Mathew 5:24).
Dr Cremer, a professor of behavioural business ethics in Netherlands, found apologies regularly fail to live up to people’s expectations. Dr. Sara Aharon, a Toronto psychologist specializing in trauma says, “After an apology, people are looking for “pure empathy” rather than an apology that has defensive qualities to it for instance, “ I’m sorry, but….”
David committed adultery with Bathsheba and killed her husband, Uriah. When he was convinced of his heinous crimes, he went and wept in front of God. But God told him, "Your family will never live in peace. Someone from your own family will cause you a lot of trouble, and I will take your wives and give to another man before your very eyes. He will go to bed with them while everyone looks on. What you did was in secret, but I will do this in the open for everyone in Israel to see” (2 Samuel 12:10-12). It happened exactly the way God told him, starting with the death of his young son even though God had forgiven him.
We should not do any harm to anybody. If we do, don’t forget that punishment will follow. And a mere sorry and a confession won’t solve the problem here on earth and in Heaven.
Prayer : Jesus. keep us away from sins. Let us be vigilant and accept the punishment that we deserve. Give us the strength to bear it. We pray for all those who have been hurt by others in some way or the other. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen
Toronto, Friday, 4th February 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