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  • Rev. Fr. Paulose V V
    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
    Message 1 of 442 , Feb 7, 2012
      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.

      Paulose Achen
      Wednesday, 8th Feb 2012
    • Rev. Fr. Paulose V V
      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
      Message 442 of 442 , Oct 16, 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.


        Paulose Achen


        16th October 2012
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