- Today with Jesus “This is my body given for you: do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19) The memory of pain is transformed into love of God and loveMessage 1 of 442 , Sep 6, 2012View SourceToday with Jesus
“This is my body given for you: do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19)
The memory of pain is transformed into love of God and love for neighbours.
“Pain that is not transformed is transmitted.” – Richard Rohr. Our future rests on the shoulders of how we remember our past. Passover remembers how the Hebrew people’s exodus story began in slavery and included the sacrificial lamb, the blood on the door lintels, a communion meal and rescue from the jaws of death. It remembers pain transformed. Centuries later, it is this very meal that Jesus made in to remembering about himself. “And (Jesus) took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body given for you: do this in remembrance of me.” - (Luke 22:19). When we hear these words, we remember our sacred story - it’s the story that gets rehearsed every time we receive the Qurbano (Eucharist or Holy Communion).
This is the story that reminds us of how our pain, sins, sufferings and death all get turned into joy, forgiveness and freedom through Jesus. Each of us have our own story to remember - the scars in our lives. Let us not get stuck in our pains but to the grace and goodness Jesus has showered on us to cross the river of pain. Start keeping a “Book of remembrances.” List the places and ways you have experienced God’s goodness in your life.
Annaliese was 8 years old when she went on a mission trip to Dominican Republic with her parents. Every day she played with children who had no dolls, books, board games or shoes. These children had none of the things she took for granted. Twenty minutes after they arrived home, Annaliese brought to her mother her favourite pink backpack stuffed with her Cabbage Patch doll and a host of other toys. In her most authoritive voice, she said, “Please send these to the children in the D.R!” Her memory had drawn Annaliese to God and his story.
Prayer: Jesus let us always remember with gratitude and reverence who we are, how we are saved by you and your ever loving presence to save us from all the scars and pain in our lives. We pray for all the children like Annaliese and hope that more children and people will come forward to do good to others. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Friday, 7th September 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 unbeatableMessage 442 of 442 , Oct 16, 2012View SourceToday 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