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" My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”(Ex 33:14)
Won the Olympic Gold Medal for 400 meters race resting on Sabbath -Sunday , which was not run on Sunday
In our insanely busy world, with all the 24/7 pressure to drive and strive, weekends are no longer time to rest but o time to catch up on more work! We are not restful at our cores guarantee nothing. Rest from the maddening restless work culture we have to jump out to be with Jesus in hills and valleys, streams and lakes, birds and animals, sunshine and rains, moon and stars, mist and snow, churches and prayers, Holy Mass and mediation, children and spouses, friends and relatives untouched with texts messages and email, I pad and cell, face book and skype.
Restless work is associated with emptiness of the soul and to fill it with stuff of this world and to prove it worthiness and to cover the shame of nakedness with knitted fig leaves of education, success and productivity .There is no substitute for rest in Jesus for our body, spirit and souls but rest. God rested from all his work. “Then God blessed the 7th day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”(Gen 2:3) God invites and even commands us to trust him to manage the world for 24/7 with out our labour. We don’t strive to out -wit others to prove our identity by working more and earning more. Risk entering Jesus’ rest so that you can learn what it means to live freely and lightly.” In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.(Is 30:15)
Liddell, a devoted Christian, believed running was an experience of who he was in God. In the move on the true story of Eric Liddell “Chariots of fire” he tells his sister, I believe that God made me for a purpose… but he also made me fast, and when I run, I feel his pleasure.” His core identity was rooted in God rather than running. He was not out to prove who he was. So when his qualifying heat was scheduled for Sunday( the day he observed Sabbath), Liddell felt free not to compete. Upbraided by the price of Wales and the British Olympic committee, Liddell remarked that obeying God mattered more to him than a race. At that moment of impasse, Lord Lindsay, who had already won a silver medal, offered Liddell his place in the 400 meter race, which was not run on Sunday. Liddell won Gold.
Prayer. Jesus let us have the transcendent anchor of rest in you. Let us find our identities in you not in our jobs or any other matters of this world. Le us observe the Sabbath as you have commanded. Let our lives tuned with your rhythm of life not ours. We pray for all those who are in your command of observing Sabbath..
All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Monday 17September 2012
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“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