Today with Jesus
- Today with Jesus
Bible verse: “If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.” (Luke 3:11).
Social problems are man-made that can be solved by a simple act - Sharing.
Inequality is rampant in this post modern capitalist world. Everybody is in hot pursuit to keep up with the Joneses. In this war path, humanity and its all goodness are stamped out like an elephant in a sugarcane plantation. Time has proved without any doubt that no 'isms' like capitalism or socialism could solve problems like inequality. Still, nations and people are divided into air tight compartments in the name of different ideologies to solve the economic ills of the society and they are only killing each other. There is no end for it. But Jesus and his principles of sharing the economic bounty with those who do not have, is the best bet for this problem.
John the Baptist went from place to place preaching that people should baptize to show that they had repented for their sins and turned to God to be forgiven. By hearing his words the crowd asked, "What should we do?" He replied emphatically, "Share what you have with those who need it, whatever your job is, do it well and with fairness, and be content with your earnings." True repentance means words in action, not actions in words. We have no right to eat when our neighbour is hungry. This will apply to all what we enjoy and consume. Christians and churches have the responsibility to feed, dress, house, heal, educate, and entertain the world.
Paul, a good Christian, keeps all the dictums of the church. He has his own industry that had a windfall profit in the time of economic liberalization in Kerala, India, during 1990-2011. His daughter's marriage was held in a very simple way and he had invited the Archbishop. After the ceremony, he handed over a suitcase to the Bishop in private, as a gift. He told him that it contained 2.5 million Rupees that could be used for conducting marriages of a few poor girls. If we share the money we spend for marriages with those who are not in a position to do so, then we could wipe away the tears of many, many women (and their families) who have problems in getting married due to financial crisis.
Prayer: Jesus, let us share our bounties with the less fortunate. We pray for all the women in the marriageable age but have no money to conduct their marriages. Jesus, you are the real father who can find proper bridegrooms for you daughters in need. May all the women who want to wed, have their dreams fulfilled. Let the world have more Pauls to make this a reality. All we ask in Jesus' name. Amen.
Wednesday, 8th Feb 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