Devotional thoughts for 4th Sunday after the Assumption (Soonoyo) 11-09-05
- Reading: From the Gospel according to St. Matthew 5: 38-48.
Dear and Respected Brethren,
We all are sure about the context of today�s Gospel reading. It is an
incident which happened immediately after the blessed Sermon on the Mount.
In fact it is the continuation of the Sermon on the Mount. Our Lord is
teaching the ways to be perfect as our Father in Heaven is perfect. 1) You
should not resist evil. In the Old Testament era, though the ignorant ones
maintained the principle of an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, the
faithful were often advised by the Prophets and wise men not to resist the
evil. In Proverbs 20:22 we read, �You should not say, I will recompense
evil; but wait on the Lord, and he shall save you�. Lord God used to inform
His men through the Prophets that resistance is the right of God. For
example see Deuteronomy 32:35 where we read, �To me belong vengeance, and
recompense�. Our Lord not only teach the principles, but also showed others
how those principles could be made practical. We cannot see the perfection
of virtues before the time of our Lord among men. Now also there are many
people who think that virtuous life is only possible for Lord Jesus only. So
in their casual talks, they say �after all I am not Lord Jesus. So I am
unable to forgive him/her.� Our Lord wants all His children to observe the
teachings in their practical lives. He showed us how one could react
positively in this world against the evil, as it was prophesied by Prophet
Isaiah in his prophecy chapter 50 verse 6. He wants His children to follow
His blessed foot steps. How many of us are willing to lead a virtuous life
as shown and envisaged by our Lord? For the sake of prestige issue based on
our selfish interests, many of us fail to forget and forgive. As a result,
enmity increases; peace and happiness disappear from this world. Is it good
while we all are true Christians? Just think well and do the needful to
correct ourselves. In verse 40 and 41 we could find our Lord emphasizing the
teaching in Deuteronomy 15: 8.
2) He teaches a new lesson to love the enemies. Till then the world had
never heard such a teaching. No body had thought in that way also. When our
Lord was suffering the pains on the cross, our Lord prayed for His enemies
and showed the world how to love enemies. Now a days most of us make use of
love for our selfish interests and many of us ignore the value and moral of
the unselfish and sacrificing love. Our Lord�s love is caring, sharing and
painstaking. Are we not supposed to follow such a love. The meaning and
significance of the real love is restricted within certain boundaries. Our
Lord taught us to love God and fellowmen without any limits and controls.
When we say that God is love, we mean that love of the Holy Trinity is
overflowing from the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Let us pray earnestly
to God Almighty to teach us to love one another without restrictions and
selfish motives. Let us love our Lord God and our own fellowmen.
May God bless us all.
Jose Kurian Puliyeril.
"... avoid in all possible ways communion with people, who can be a temptation to you ... The wise Solomon calls a man wise, who fears and avoids the causes of sin; and he calls foolish a man who, with great self-reliance, confidently neglects to avoid them, saying: 'A wise man fears, and departs from evil: but the fool rages, and is confident'... (Prov. 14:16)."
"Give to the Lord, O families of the peoples, Give to the Lord glory and strength. Give to the Lord the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come into His courts. Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!" Psalm 96:7-9
If you have an update on a prayer request, please let me know.
Please remember the following in your prayers:
The families of the recently Crowned, Coptic and Ethiopian Martyrs. May God grant them strength and peace.
Hanna - Heart surgery
Ursula - Another surgery
Evelyn - Cancer
5 years old Luke and 8 years old Cassie - Health issues
Daoud - Peace.
AA and her kids
Brienne B. - Dealing with a serious illness. Had a major surgery on 6/16
John B. - Peace
M & M - Strong faith
Mary - Illness
Slava - Recovery from a motorcycle crash
The Orthodox community in Olympia, WA
The unity of the Churches and all Christians.
Egypt and the Christians in Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Pakistan. "Blessed is Egypt My people." Isaiah 19:25
Please pray for the peace of the world.
Please remember me in your prayers.
"casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7