Devotional thoughts for Sunday 11th Jan 04
- Reading: Gospel According to St. Matthew 4:12-22.
Dear and Respected Brethren,
In verse 17 we read, "From that time Jesus began to preach, and to
for the kingdom of God is at hand". Let us turn our attention St.
Matthew 3:3 to
see from which time our Lord started his sermons/gospel work. For
this he that
was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, " The voice of one
crying in the
wilderness, you prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths
straight." It is
very clear that our Lord had started His function only when his way
and the paths were made straight. A visitor could come to our homes
paths are clear and straight. If Christ our Lord has to come to our
must first prepare the paths and clear them well. The paths must be
The message of our Lord, the first one during His blessed public
mission was the
repetition of the message of his forerunner, St. John the Baptist.
Matthew 2: 2 to see what was the message of St. John the Baptist)
Eastern Church Fathers, repentance is the freedom from selfishness.
is considered as the mother of all sorts of evil thoughts and
desires. Our Lord
insisted that one who would like to believe in the Gospel of
salvation, after a
good repentance. If we could leave away all sorts of selfishness, we
holy. When St. John exhorted to repent, many took baptism of
repentance. We must
follow such faithful who had repented.
Kindly note verse 19-20 and 22. There we find the call of our Lord.
Peter and Andrew, as well as James and John They all left their tools,
equipments of their profession and went after the called. In vs.20 we
"they straight away left their nets and followed him. They had no
the net and boat, which had fed them and their dependants till
then. How many
times our Lord has called us From the first day we are carrying our
occupation alike and trying to follow our Lord. Where as the first
left what all they had with them and even their close relatives and
our Lord. Our Lord is expecting a same sort of exodus from us also.
forget and forsake what we have, if we want to follow our Lord in
Otherwise we will also have the future of Lot's wife, who was turned
as a pillar
of salt, for disobeying God (and loving the earthly riches) Genesis
Lord exhorts us to remember Lot's wife in St. Luke 17:32 We all are
God and He is still calling us by our pet names. He wants to abide in
with us. Our Lord is telling each and every one of us, "make haste
down, for today I must abide at your house". Just think how many of
react positively to our Lord's call. We must have a desire and
declare as Zacchaeus did "Behold Lord, the half of my goods I give to
and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I
In Verse 16 we read, "The people which sat in darkness saw great
light; and to
them which sat in the region of shadow of death light is sprung up."
refer Isaiah 4:4, Malachi 3:2, Acts 2:3, Titus 3:5) and decide
whether we are
still in darkness or in the light of the Sun of Righteousness. We
have to shine
ourselves. We are called for shining in darkness and to eradicate
May God bless us all.
Jose Kurian Puliyeril.