Devotional thoughts for 4th Sunday after the feast of Denaha -29th Jan 06
- Reading: From the Gospel according to St. Mark 6: 1-6
Dear and Respected Brethren,
When our Lord opened the chests of treasures of precious pearls of the life
giving and divine words, the listeners could neither collect them nor enjoy
them as desired by our Lord. More over they got engaged in degrading our
Lord by introducing Him as a man of very low profile. When we read this
Biblical portion or when we listen to it, what sort of feelings come to our
mind? Are we not thinking that if we were in their place, we would have
treated more wisely and appreciably? If we examine our thoughts, words and
deeds with much care, we would come to know that we are much below than the
people who tried to abuse our Lord. In the 2nd verse of today�s reading, we
hear from the crowd, who ask, �From where has this man these things? And
what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are
wrought by his hands?� We could find similar thoughts and questions in St.
John 6:42 and 7:15 too. When we the Christian community as a whole, who have
received the Holy Spirit and who do renew the Holy Spirit in us, behave as
if we are ignorant of the fruits of the Holy Spirit or pretend as if we are
not bothered about such an experience, is really painful. Those who are
bothered about the fruits of the Holy Spirit will always do the needful for
the growth and flourishing of the Holy Spirit in us. And only such could do
the will of God, with the fear and love towards our Lord God. Unless we live
entirely in God and remain the radius of the great Love, we could not love,
accept and honor our fellowmen. When we fail to differentiate the goodness
in others, it means that we are very far from our Lord God, who is real
love, and truth. So the readers might kindly think and decide where are we.
In the 3rd verse of today�s reading, we find �Is not this the carpenter, the
son of Mary, the brother of James, and Jo-sees, and of Jude and Simon? Ana
are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him�. They were
abusing the one who fed them in their poverty and the one who healed their
sick and patients. Are we not considering the attractive and impressive
personality, the melodious and attractive sound and many similar factors of
the priests and High Priests, to whom the authority is granted by God to
lead us in high spirits of spirituality? If we consider certain unimportant
such factors, we are wrong. What is the gain if we analyze the personality
and the worldly features of the clergy? Let us listen what the Prophet has
to tell us. �For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a
root out of a dry ground, he has no form nor comeliness: and when we shall
see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and
rejected of men: a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief� (Isaiah
53:2-3) To the ones who always look for the well formed and beautiful, our
Lord asks: �For what you went out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment?
Behold they that wear soft clothing are in Kings� houses� (St. Matthew 11:8)
In addition to this our Lord says, �And blessed is he, whosoever shall not
be offended in me� (St. Matthew 11:6). Let us think whether our condition is
worse than that of the Jews who got offended on the first sight of our Lord.
Have we given the right place for our Lord in our lives so far? Kindly
examine and rectify our stand if required.
Kindly do take care of the 5th verse. We should not create a situation in
our lives where our Lord could not act, due to our carelessness, improper
faith and foolishness. Let us humble ourselves and offer our prayers with
tears. Let us praise our Lord God for all mercies so far. God is willing to
purify us from all our sins, provided we repent well and approach His mercy.
If we do not repent well, God might tell as He spoke in Genesis 19:22.
Let us read Isaiah 59:1-2 and meditate well. Our God is Gracious, kind, and
merciful. He will not forsake us. Let us seek His guidance in His mercy and
May God bless us all.
Jose Kurian Puliyeril.