Today with Jesus
- Today with Jesus
“Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.”
He sublimated painful childhood experiences into constructive ways – the grandiose masterpiece - “THE PIETA" (1499) by Michelangelo.
No tear fall shed is for waste. Turning tears into joy is the work of God in association of the willing spirit of those who are in tears. By brooding and dying in our sorrowful and tearful childhood experiences, we are destroying and not allowing the light of our God-given constructive talents. This talent can be diverted into fruitful products of contribution for others. You and I may have plenty of painful childhood experiences but that should not hinder our growth and life. We should look at Jesus how he turned all his humiliations from birth (unwedded mother) to His death and burial (death on the cross as a criminal and buried in a borrowed tomb) into victory, and the defeat of His enemy, Satan by his resurrection, ascension, and his second coming for judgement to wipe away all the tears of humanity.
Genuine art has the power to strengthen people’s spirits. Michelangelo’s heart obviously knew this truth. Having lost his mother at the age of five, (he mentioned that he used her memory as a model for the virgin’s face), the Florentine knew firsthand about a great loss and about coming to terms with it. He sublimated painful childhood experiences into constructive ways - into a grandiose masterpiece to leave us one of the finest art works the earth has seen. In ‘PIETA’, we see Mary in transition, tranquility taking over from sorrow, obvious inner serene countenance and the gentle gesture of her left arm: Let it go. Mary’s serene expression is supported by the massiveness of her enormous robe. Letting go of her grief, she appears like a mountain, her faith indomitable, still leaning sideways
somewhat, rising from the recent weight of crushing events. He said he intended to depict a “religious vision of abandonment and serene face of the son.” Pieta was declared not only the best contemporary work but has even surpassed the sculptures of the ancient Greeks and Romans.
Prayer: Jesus, let us divert all our painful experiences in life into constructive ways that will help us serve you better. Wipe away all our tears and bless us to be happy in this world. We pray for all the people who have bitter childhood memories like Michelangelo, to be consoled and be given the spirit to give meaningful services to their fellow beings. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Friday, 28th 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 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