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Devotional thoughts for 2nd Sunday after the Assumption of Mother of God 29-8-4

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  • Jose Kurian
    Reading: Gospel According to St. Luke 11: 9-20 Dear and Respected Brethren, In the given portion of the Holy Scriptures for today�����s meditation and study,
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 27, 2004
      Reading: Gospel According to St. Luke 11: 9-20

      Dear and Respected Brethren,

      In the given portion of the Holy Scriptures for today�s meditation and
      study, we find our Lord teaching a simple and easy short cut to attain the
      blessings from God Almighty viz. Ask, Seek and Knock. In verse 9 we read,
      �And I say unto you, Ask, it shall be given, seek, you shall find, knock,
      and it shall be opened unto you.� The same type of promise we could find in
      St. Matthew 7:7. In the Old Testament era also God Almighty had given such
      promises. In Psalms 50:15 we read, And call upon me in the day of trouble, I
      will deliver thee, and thou shall glorify me�. Again in Psalms 118:5 we find
      the testimony of David the King, �I called upon the Lord in distress: the
      Lord answered me, and set me in a large place.�

      We must think how many of us could say bravely that we have called upon God
      and He was kind enough to make me free of my tensions and distresses? Even
      if there are a few who might have called and depended upon God Almighty in
      the days of distress, how many of us were good enough to glorify God? In our
      daily lives, how many times our good Lord is saving us from serious fall in
      the deep pits. Are we counting them and thanking Him? In St. Mark 11:24, our
      Lord teaches �Therefore I say unto you, what things so ever you desire, when
      you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them�. Many of
      us ignore this teaching in the daily lives. We might pray for our needs and
      solutions of the problems. Still we might keep a doubt �whether our prayers
      were accepted by God or not�. Our Lord says that such a fear is out of
      question. Until recently our mothers used to seek the intercession of St.
      Mary mother of God or some other Patron Saint in whom they had faith, as
      soon as they find starting of some sort of ailments for their children or
      grand children. They might apply the oil brought from the Church and slowly
      they would think of going to the physicians. The present mothers would
      immediately telephone the specialist Doctor available and fix an appointment
      and will rush to him or her in anxiety. I was just showing the difference
      in the attitude of our own people. I don�t mean that we should not try for a
      specialist. But in the days of distress, we must call upon our Lord first
      and then only we must look for the specialist or so.

      In St. John 15:7 our Lord is teaching another thing also. �If you abide in
      me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will and it shall be
      done unto you�. How one faithful could abide in Him? For this type of
      abideness only our Lord offered His flesh and blood. We are lucky enough to
      maintain the steady and strong abideness with our Lord by having regular
      partaking of the Holy Eucharist. St James reminds us that we must have faith
      when we would call Him. In St. James 1:6 we read, �But let him ask in faith,
      nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with
      the wind and tossed�. St. John is advising us to do the things pleasing to
      God prior to placing our needs before him. (Please refer I John 3:22 and I
      John 5:14)

      Following this teaching it is recorded in the Holy Scripture that our Lord
      was casting out devils and the same deed was watched by the on lookers. In
      Verse 15 it is said that, �He casts out devils through the chief of the
      devils�. And a few others wanted to seek a sign from heaven. Knowing their
      thoughts in their minds, our Lord told them a great lesson, which is
      mentioned in verse 17. Actually we all have to give priority for this
      lesson. We are living in a society where we have lost the mutual respect,
      concern and affection, which existed, among our predecessors. We all are
      guided by the ego of getting rich by any means and on its way we ignore all
      sorts of relationships. We are not at all reluctant to adopt any undesirable
      means to achieve our goals and aims. Being Orthodox Christians we must long
      to live in God doing the will of God, maintaining the faith in God. If so
      our Lord God would be pleased in us and grant all our prayers. He will be
      happy to say that the Kingdom of God is come upon us, as He said in Verse
      20. May God bless us all.

      Jose Kurian Puliyeril.
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