Today with Jesus
- Today with Jesus
Bible verse: “So when they were filled, Jesus said to his disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain so that nothing is left.” (John 6:12)
What we waste is enough to meet the needs of most people to keep their life intact.
God has given us natural resources that needs to be used judiciously. Human beings are the only creatures in the universe who use it selfishly and carelessly. Our duty is to preserve this wonderful gift from God - nature and its resources. The leftover food on our tables in our homes, banquets and hotels is an example of wastage. If planned well, we can collect this and distribute it to the needy. Jesus instructed his disciples to get the loaves and fish from the lad who was hoarding it for his own use.
In the !960’s, at the time of the construction of the Kolencherry Medical Mission Hospital, in Kerala, India,
H. B. Mor Baselios Thomas 1, then Rev. Fr. C.M. Thomas, the head of the Syriac Orthodox Church in India, was the organizing secretary of the hospital and the residential priest in charge of the construction.
Rev.Dn. Jacob, the then assistant to H.B., said that he was astonished and humbled on seeing H.B. in his work boots collecting and putting away the cement, metals, and other items left over by the masons and other construction workers on the site for use the next day. H.B. has never allowed or wasted anything unnecessarily. Instead of just instructing or advising others not to waste things, he did it himself and stood out as a role model for others to do so.
Prayer : Jesus, let us conserve and not waste the precious resources you have given us to live in harmony and in love. Let gluttony and envy not destroy us. Let the people who waste resources be convinced of the sin they are doing to you and to your creation. Let us be prudent in our usage of everything. All we ask in Jesus' name. Amen.
Monday, 5th March 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