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Devotional thoughts for Hoodos Etho (Sunday- 9th November, 03)

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  • Jose Kurian Puliyeril
    Devotional thoughts for Hoodos Etho (Sunday- 9th November, 03) Reading: Gospel According to St. John 10: 22-38 Dear and Respected Brethren, I believe that all
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 8, 2003
      Devotional thoughts for Hoodos Etho
      (Sunday- 9th November, 03)

      Reading: Gospel According to St. John 10: 22-38

      Dear and Respected Brethren,

      I believe that all of us know the literal meaning
      of the term �Hoodos Etho� is �Dedication�. Holy
      Church considers Koodos Etho and Hoodos Etho as
      two important and joyous festivals in the church
      calendar. Actually this festival was also copied
      from the Jewish traditions and was re-modeled in
      the Christian atmosphere with Christian meanings/
      explanations. The original dedication dates back
      to King Solomon the wise, who only erected the
      first house for God. To meditate the prayer of
      King Solomon prior to the dedication, kindly read
      II Chronicles 6: 19-42. In fact we have to study
      this prayer with much care and devotion, as such
      a prayer is the need of the hour. Again we find
      another dedication at the time of King Hezekiah.
      Kindly read 2 chronicles 29:1-30.

      In the prescribed reading for the day, we find
      the conversation between our Lord and the Jews.
      They all had reached the Jerusalem temple to
      participate in the celebrations of dedication.
      The festival was re-started after the destruction
      of the temple by the Greeks followed by the
      renovation of the temple at the time of Jude Maccabee
      in BC 165. The venue of the conversation (verse � 23)
      is the same as the one mentioned in Acts 3:11.Let us
      listen to verses 26 and 27. �But you believe not,
      because you are not my sheep, as I said unto you.
      My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they
      follow me� Before going to details let us read verse
      14 together with vs. 27. Our Lord tried to convince
      that He is the Messiah whom they were waiting for.
      But they could not understand. So our Lord is telling,
      �You are believing as you are not my sheep�. We must
      be cautious not to hear such a saying from our Lord
      at any time. In our prayers we beseech
      �don�t forsake us�. Our Lord being our shepherd is
      calling each and every one of us. But are we responding
      like an obedient sheep. Are we not the sheep that
      ran away from our Lord? Just think whether we could
      confess �Lord I have gone astray like the lost sheep.�
      We must correct our errors and come back to our good
      shepherd with real and genuine repentance. Otherwise
      we will have to listen Him �He that is of God hear
      God�s words: you therefore hear them not, because you
      are not of God.� (St. John 8:47) Kindly also read
      I John 4:6, I Corinthians 14:37, 2 Corinthians 10:7,
      2 Thessalonians 1:8) If we listen to Lord Jesus,
      we could hear him. Practice and dedication with
      willingness are the necessary factors for the blessing
      to hear the sound of our Lord.

      See vs. 29. �My father which gave them me as greater
      than all and no man is able to pluck them out of
      my Father�s hand�. If we were in the place of our
      Lord, we would have told �this I have earned out of
      my hard labor�. Let us all pray for all blessings.

      May God bless us all.

      Jose Kurian Puliyeril.
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