Today with Jesus
- Today's Bible verse
"Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.” (Ephesians 6:18)
A small push in the right direction is all we need to succeed in this life.
Success has many fathers. But you know there are millions who are on the verge of extinction due to lack of support in terms of encouragement, appreciation, prayer, identifying talents, financial constraints, etc. A breakthrough in life always needs a loving hand of support. We live in a world of sin and temptations, unemployment and financial breakdown, illiteracy and poverty, sickness and death, shock and depression, death and tears. Just like a baby needs support to stand on his legs, similarly the unfortunate people in life need the support of the graduated winners of life. Like how the disabled needs crutches, the blind need a stick, so also the backbenchers in life need the pull and push of the front benchers. It is a disgrace, and ungodly that we break down the ladder as soon as we have climbed up the tree so that others cannot use it. People are scared to support others for fear of losing their own position forgetting that they are who they are because of the support of others.
I was at the crossroads of life after my post graduation from Nirmala College, Muvattipuzha in 1980 with a decent academic record. I wandered aimlessly for two years taking morning classes in JB College, Muvattupuzha, and took afternoon classes in Santhi Nikethen Women’s College in Pazhaoor Piravom. Not knowing exactly what I wanted to pursue in life, I was looking around for a lecturer's post, knocking at the doors of Bishops and priests for a break to get an admission for theological studies in India or abroad, getting married or to be a bachelor priest. By the divine Providence, I met the great soul of the learned, angelic and experienced Late H.G. Mor Osthathiose Thomas Thirumeni, stationed at His Grace’s ancestral home at Puthuvelly, Koothatttukulam. H.G. advised me as a father, to go to Chennai for higher studies and recommended a job in St Mary’s Junior college as an economic teacher-cum–warden, a land of opportunities, but I regret to say that I hadn’t used the opportunity fully. I was given a breakthrough in my life and I’m always thankful to the Late Thirumeni, and thousands and thousands of Halleluiah to Jesus, my Lord and God.
“A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor” (Proverbs 22:9). “And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers” (1 John 3: 16).
Prayer : Jesus, let us be Jesus to our brothers and sisters. Let our presence encourage and point out their talents for their good. We pray for those who are not getting an opportunity in this life to use and express their talents and aspirations in you. We pray for all the good souls of people like the Late H.G. Mor Osthathiose Thomas. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Toronto, Monday, 2nd May 2011
- 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