Today with Jesus
- Today’s Bible verse
“But Moses said to God, ”I am not a great man! How can I go to the king and lead the Israelites out of Egypt.” (Exodus 3:11)
Are you reluctant to take up leadership?
The plight of the people warrant for a strong, dedicated leadership. People are suffering, and exploited due to lack of enlightened leaders. We have no right to stand as on- lookers just seeing the pathetic conditions of our fellow beings. God is concerned about the pain of his creation. The Lord said, “I have seen the troubles my people have suffered in Egypt, and I have heard their cries when Egyptian slave masters hurt them. I am concerned about their pain, and I have come down to save them from the Egyptians...I will bring them out of that land and lead them to a good land with lots of room - a fertile land” (Exodus 3:7,8). We are the mediums for God to liberate and give solace and refugee to the suppressed and to the poor. Our weakness should not be an excuse to turn back to the cry of our people. God does everything. God told Moses, “I will be with you" (Exodus 3:12) - to overcome all the disqualifications that you think you have If God is with us, who is against us? If God wants to save his people from their sickness, sufferings and oppressions, who are you to stand against that? Simply take over the leadership and save the people from their plight. God will be with you in your weaknesses.
Vandana Gopikumar was doing her masters in social work, in Chennai, India, when she came across a mentally ill homeless woman in distress on the road in front of her college. With the help of a close friend, Vaishnavi Jayakumar, she tried to find shelter for the woman. Mental health institutions and NGOs were reluctant to admit the woman who was in desperate need of medical and psychiatric attention. Unable to get admission anywhere left 23 year olds Vandana and Vaishnavi disillusioned, leading them to develop “The Banyan” as an NGO serving homeless women with mental illness. Since 1993, this project has changed the lives of over 5000 people with mental illness.
This is a demonstration of individual determination coming together as a team and makings things work.
Prayer : Jesus, save your people those who are in distress in Egypt and other countries. We pray for the leaders and supporters who are in the forefront of liberation in all the countries. The cruel, autocratic, corrupt leaders should be removed from their positions and replaced with sympathetic, good and honest leaders. All we ask in the name of Jesus . Amen.
Toronto, Saturday, 5th 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