Today with Jesus
- Today with Jesus
“Seek first the kingdom of God.” (Mathew 6:33)
Steps to finding spirituality for a self-confessed “Total Atheist,” Fernando Moleres.
The essence of
human life is spirituality. Apparently, we are all spiritual but
deface it by our disconnected contact to Jesus, the true vine. “I am the true
vine…Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by
itself; it must remain on the vine” - (John 15:1,4). Giving our undivided
attention to God is a way to being spiritual. This way leads us to
Jesus and spirituality. The way of the consumerist and ego-obsessed
culture of Christians repel the fellow beings away from Jesus and His
spirit. Monasticism in its true spirit attracts us to God, keeps us happy
and helps us to lead a meaningful life. Prayer, fasting, silence,
vigils, reading and good works are all part of the solitary way to seek
God. Celibates, Oblates, opus-Deis, listeners follow this way to
Jesus at their own pace. Atheism is a fast spreading religion of the
modern world and this can be stalled by the living Christian in
Why did the
self-confessed “Total Atheist” Fernando Moleres, the paparazzi spend more than 3 years travelling the world to capture images of
faith? “I was looking for
spirituality, which is not the same thing as religion,” says Moleres. “and it
was a moment in my personal life when I needed space and time to reflect.” So,
off he went to places where faith still burns like a candle in the night
of what he sees as an increasingly consumerist and ego-obsessed
society. He was drawn in particular to monastic communities and
others who opt to live apart from the world. Among the things that
interested him was the way the monastic communities actually live. “They
are only collective and deliberately go against the modern consumerist
current,” he says. A typical smaller monastery will consume hardly anything.
Was he altered by following the footsteps of the faithful? He was struck, he
says, by their simplicity and self-effacement. Eastern devotion seems to
resonate more with him than Western; the pursuit of a still centre
within our self, rather than the search of God. He says that if you are
confused, you are no good to the people around you. To help others, you
must first help yourself.
CONSCIENCE: ARE WE SPIRITUAL TO LEAD
OTHERS IN LIGHT OR ARE WE THE CONFUSED PRETENDER OF SPIRITUALITY THAT WILL
LEAD OTHERS IN DARKNESS?
Prayer: Jesus, let us be spiritual in all ways of our lives. Let us be
simple and selfless. Let us be witness for you in wedded or celibate lives. Let
us seek spirituality within ourselves which you have planted in the Holy
Spirit. Help us to be away from consumerism and ego centrist way of modern
life. We pray for all the atheists who are in seek of faith and spirituality
like Moleres. All we ask in the
name of Jesus. Amen.
Tuesday 2 October 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