Today with Jesus
- Today with Jesus
Bible verse: "For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing but to us who are being saved , it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18)
Does it make any sense to resign from a high profile job to serve the unfortunate?
There are two value systems: the world and God. One is eternal and ecstatic while the other is temporal and hopeless. Man is created for eternity and heavenly joy. There is light, beauty, peace, love and holiness in following the word of the Cross. Both the beneficiary and the benefactor are simultaneously blessed and happy by serving the hapless. We are here to serve and not to be served.
Jesus, the perfect God descended on earth to be the strength and support for the sinful and weak people so that they could elevated to eternal bliss. He did so by his crucifixion. This is viewed as utter foolishness in our modern world. St. Paul says, “For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom and weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.” (1 Corinthians 1:25). Still, after 2000 years, Jesus is the only hope for mankind.
Jean Vanier is the founder of L’Arche Homes for the mentally disabled. He is the brilliant son of a Canadian Governor General. He recruits skilled workers to serve and live among the unfortunate people whose IQs register in the low double digits. He says that people often look upon him as mad. Vanier shrugs this off by saying he would rather be crazy and follow the foolishness of the Gospel than the senseless values of our world. He insists that those who serve people with special needs benefit as much as the ones whom they are helping. Even the most disabled respond instinctively to love, and in so doing, they awaken what is most important in human beings: compassion, generosity, humility and love. Paradoxically, they replenish life in the very helpers who serve them.
Prayer: Jesus, the friend of sinners and the disabled, help us to get up from our mirth of sin and disabilities. You are our only light, power and hope. Let us have an inner eye to perceive the eternal values of sacrifice, compassion, humility, abstinence and patience. We pray for all those beautiful people like Jean Vanier and also for all who are being served. All we ask in Jesus' name. Amen.
Saturday, 28th January 2012
- 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