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Devotional thoughts for Ist Sunday after the Assumption of Mother of God- 22-8-4

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  • Jose Kurian Puliyeril
    Reading: From the Gospel according to St. Luke 6: 39-45 Dear and Respected Brethren, Our Lord�����s attempt to teach great things through the Parable is the
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 20, 2004
      Reading: From the Gospel according to St. Luke 6: 39-45

      Dear and Respected Brethren,

      Our Lord�s attempt to teach great things through the Parable is the theme of
      today�s portion of the Holy Scriptures, shown by the Church Fathers for our
      meditation. First of all our Lord is asking a question �Can the blind lead
      the blind? Shall they not both fall into the ditch?� (Verse 39) I have read
      about a blind man who guided an aged couple to their destination, when and
      where there was thick fog in London city once. The aged couple was worried
      and they both were discussing the problem in between at a Railway station in
      London. The passer by, a blind overheard their conversation and offered his
      help to take them to their destination. He said that if there were fog and
      darkness, it wouldn�t make a difference for me. I am living in darkness and
      I am used to walk through darkness. And he helped them in their necessity.
      But the question here is of different nature. But in St. Matthew 15: 14 we
      read, �Let them alone they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind
      lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch� Our Lord is referring �them�
      to the prophecy of Hosea (4:17) �Ephraim is joined to idols: let him
      alone�. Again in Isaiah 9:16 we read, �for the leaders of this people cause
      them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed�. Again in Malachi
      2:8 we read, �But you are departed out of the way; you have caused many to
      stumble at the law; you have corrupted the covenant of Levi, says the Lord
      of Hosts�. Again we hear from our Lord in St. Matthew 23:16, �Woe unto you
      the blind guides, which say, whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is
      nothing, but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a
      debtor�. This reminds us to be cautious about the leadership that we receive
      in our spiritual as well as social lives.

      In verse 40 we read, � The disciple is not above his master: but everyone
      that is perfect shall be as his master� In St. Matthew 10:24 we read, �The
      disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord� In St.
      John 13:16 we read, �Verily verily I say unto you, The servant is not
      greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent
      him�. We have studied all these principles, but in our everyday life we
      often behave as if we have never heard such things. The verses 41 and 42 are
      very significant and in fact this is a curse of the contemporary humanity of
      different walks of life. Even in the religious fields also it is very deep
      rooted. We must try to takeout the beams from our own eyes prior to asking
      our brethren: please wait brother; I shall remove the mote from your eye. We
      have to think why we cannot follow the teaching of our Lord. The faithful
      as a whole must take a decision that they would not try to say that there is
      mote in other�s eye prior to taking away the beams from our eyes. Again it
      reminds us to have the real repentance. If we do not repent well, our Lord
      would call us hypocrite and he would close his door of mercy against us.
      Read Verses 43 and 44. See how true they are. In Verse 44 we read, �For
      every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs,
      nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. Our hearts must be clean always.
      We must long to keep our hearts clean. As David prayed we must pray for the
      cleanliness of the heart. In every prayer we recite the Psalm 51. How many
      of us are trying to grasp the meaning of the words. How many of us could
      recite it with true intention and hope? We must examine ourselves. We all
      have received the Holy Spirit through the Holy Baptism and Holy Mooron. It
      is our individual responsibility to feed the Holy Spirit in us to grow and
      to be strong. If the Holy Spirit in us is not strong, we would be guided and
      controlled by the evil spirits. We would simultaneously lose our aim and
      direction. So desire to make our Holy Spirit strong and vigil. If the Holy
      Spirit is strong in one person, his or her words, deeds and thoughts will be
      giving importance and priority for Godly matters. They will resemble the
      real love of God. From such people only good words only would come out. That
      is why our Lord is telling in verse 45 �A good man out of the good treasure
      of his heart brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the
      evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil; for of the
      abundance of the heart is mouth spoken.� We must read the rest of the
      portion of the chapter 6 and meditate. There is a serious question of our
      Lord �Why you call me Lord, Lord and do not the things which I say�. It must
      be taken seriously by all Churches, Dioceses, Parishes, and Families and
      must evaluate how this verse is affecting them in the everyday lives. Let us
      make sure that we are sincere and obedient to the teachings of our Lord
      Jesus Christ.

      May God bless us all.
      Jose Kurian Puliyeril
      St. George Orthodox Church
      Abu Dhabi
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