Today with Jesus
- Today with Jesus
“I am the living God, the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down
his life for his flock.”
(John 10:11 - Aramaic Bible)
The pope who refuses to eat until all the homeless of Rome were
Jesus is the true shepherd. He never fails or leaves us when we
are in any danger. We know the
good shepherd by his actions. Jesus, the only living God, took the human form
away from all his godly splendour and died on the cross for the salvation of
all his living beings. A hired hand tends the sheep for money, while the shepherd
does it for love. The shepherd owns the sheep and is committed to them. Some
teachers, priests, missionaries and evangelists do not have this commitment.
People expect their leaders to be above weaknesses even though they are human.
Pope St. Gregory was a wise, yet humble monk, who was well loved
for his care for the poor. When Rome was in a famine and under attack, he
refused to eat until all the homeless of Rome were fed. And when he did eat, he
shared his table with 12 homeless guests.
Conscience question: Are we in our
actions showing any compassion for the plight of our entrusted subjects?
Prayer: Jesus, let us
be good shepherds. Give us the spirit of leadership to sacrifice our lives for
our herds - children, neighbours and fellow beings. Let us be with them when
they are in danger or need. We
pray for all the leaders who are at risks to save their people.. All we ask in
the name of Jesus. Amen.
4th 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