Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Pain



Pain and suffering is a reality which is faced by all human beings at some point of time or the other in life. We really feel the pain when it affects us or touches our epidermis.  When we hear about people who have died due to a blast or an accident, most of the times it goes into our heads like any other news article.  The maximum we can do about these things is to have pity for the victims, pray for the deceased and wish that it would have never have had happened.

 
                The actual sorrow takes place in the hearts of the grieving family members who have lost their loved one. They and only they know how painful it is for them to face the reality of having lost someone so very close to them. There are so many people who are losing their lives every day on account of sickness, terrorist attacks, accidents, abortion, and murder and so on. One may ask ‘What is going on in this world?’

                The main question that can be asked or better still is definitely asked by the suffering person or the family members is:

‘Why me/us Lord?’ or ‘Where is God?’

‘Does He care for our pain and suffering?’

Each of us has asked this question at various moments in time. This question seems to be very basic and simple but at the same time it is a very important and a tricky question.

                The story of the footprints on the shore of the sea is very apt for this question. In moments of our joys we see 2 sets of footprints, one is our own and the other belongs to God. However in moments of pain and suffering we see only 1 set of footprints. We ask God, ‘Where were you when I was in pain and anguish?’ He smiles at us and replies saying, ’The pain was too much for you to bear my child and hence I carried you.’

Sunday, 24 July 2016

The path of Christianity

Even if I don’t manage to find You, I’m sure that You’ll find me. Sometimes I begin to wonder; what would the world be like without Christianity and at other times I really question whether the world needs Christianity. The loud and clear answer that hits back at me is a simple ‘Yes’. Yes the world desperately needs Christianity.

In these times of natural and manmade calamities, destruction, hatred, revenge, war and so on, Christianity has risen up to the situation. Christianity, if I may draw up an analogy has and is being a balm to the injured, solace to the afflicted, courage to the discouraged and love to the unloved. The most powerful statement of Jesus for these current times is’ Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.’

Hatred can’t wipe out hatred, love can;
Enmity can’t wipe out enmity, friendship can;
Pride can’t wipe out pride, humility can.

Jesus is the answer to all our problems and difficulties. He will make a way for each one of us because He loves and accepts us as we are.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Choose to be jolly

I was ironing my shirt in the morning, when a friend of mine came and began to tease me. Since I had some saliva in my mouth I couldn’t speak and hence I sprayed little water on him. He became quiet. After some time another friend of mine came near the ironing table. Supposing him also to have come with the same intention of disturbing me, I sprayed water on him too.

He looked at his cassock for a few moments and then fumed with ferocious anger; he threw something that was on the table at me. However I had moved some distance away from him knowing that he was fuming with anger and hence that thing missed hitting me. The first friend who had teased me calmed him down and sent him away.

I went on to do my work. As I looked at myself in the mirror, I said to myself,’ I have a choice to be in a jolly mood or in a sulky mood. I choose to be jolly.’ No one can drive my car unless I give him/her the keys, in the same way no one/ nothing can change my mood unless I allow it to happen.


Happy choosing.

Saturday, 16 April 2016

PHILOSOPHY IS POSSIBLE


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Philosophy is possible only with a right attitude. It was the 1st day of class in philosophy which passed by and went like a gentle breeze. A week jam-packed with loaded philosophy classes came and went, but I was still confused.

Slowly as the days turned into weeks and weeks into months, I got into the shoes of philosophy. I grappled with philosophy  and began to love it. Philosophy isn't that tedious and boring after all. Like the caterpillar that struggles to come out of the cucoon, i too have struggled and have begun to love philosophy.


Indian and western philosophy, cosmology and political philosophy; yes of great value it is to me and my life. My whole outlook towards life has changed and I'm experiencing a change for the better. But how can I prove this? Ah! Yes............ my actions will speak the change of outlook that I've experienced.

Friday, 26 February 2016

FAITH AND REASON

If everything were to be clarified by reason then there would be no God, for we would be God. Since we don’t understand everything and are finite, we believe in an infinite God. We owe our being, living, rising and resting to Him. However you may ask who this God is, for there are so many that are presented to us in today’s world.

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Coming to the aspect of faith, it is said that faith begins where reason ends. By faith we mean that there are things which are beyond us which cannot be explained rationally. We believe because we find something worthwhile in it, also maybe some amount of fulfillment too.

God is not an atom that can be dissected and studied under a microscope. God is a reality whom we humans believe in, one who blesses us and provides us with all good things. God has given us a choice, we can either choose Him in faith or reject Him by reason.

I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST

I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST SEATED  AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER


PROCLAMATION OF HIS VICTORY

After Jesus was resurrected and ascended to the Father, having passed through the heavens He entered into the heavenly temple of God, and there He received the official proclamation of His victory on the cross, "Sit down at My right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet" (Ps.110:1; cf. Heb.1:3). The throne of God as it is presently configured in the third heaven is an awesome thing and quite unlike what we imagine when we use the word "throne". Four cherubs attend it and provide locomotion for it when God appears with it on earth (cf. the                                                                    book of Ezekiel, especially chapters 1 and 10).

DIRECTION TO THE OPPOSITE OF WRONG

The Scripture has several words translated "right" and the usage of the term, "right hand" ranges from a direction, to the opposite of wrong, what is just or what conforms to an established standard, and to a place of honor or authority. In the case of division or appointment in the Bible, the right hand or right side came first, as when Israel (Jacob) divided the blessings to Joseph's sons before he died (Genesis 48:13-14).


GONE TO HEAVEN

The fact that Jesus Christ is at the "right hand of God" was a sign to the disciples that Jesus had indeed gone to heaven. In John 16:7-15, Jesus told the disciples that He had to go away and He would send the Holy Spirit. So the coming of the Holy Spirit in the upper room on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-13) was proof positive that Jesus was indeed in heaven seated at the right hand of God. This is confirmed in Romans 8:34 where the Apostle Paul writes that Christ is sitting at God's right hand making intercession for us.

EQUAL HONOUR
a person of high rank who put someone on his right hand gave him equal honor with himself and recognized him as possessing equal dignity and authority. Jesus is literally seated with the Father, at the right hand of the Father, but He is sharing the throne (in the chariot with the Father) rather than sitting beside it (cf. Rev.5:6: "the Lamb standing in the center of the throne") - just as we who are faithful in this life are promised to do:
The one who wins the victory, I will grant him to sit with Me on My throne just as I also have won the victory and have taken My seat with My Father on His throne.
Revelation 3:21

REDEMPTION WORK SUCCESSFUL

The fact that Christ is "sitting" refers to the fact that His work of redemption is done and when the fullness of the gentiles is brought in (Romans 11:25), Christ's enemies will be made His footstool as the end of the age comes, all prophecy is completed, and time is no more.

MESSIAH

The term "God's right hand" in prophecy refers to the Messiah to whom is given the power and authority to subdue His enemies (Psalm 110:1Psalm 118:16). We find a quote in Matthew 22:44 from Psalm 110:1, which is a Messianic Psalm. "The Son of David" is claimed by the LORD Jesus Christ as He is the "greater son of David" or the Messiah. In this passage of Matthew 22, Jesus questions the Pharisees about who they think the "Christ" or the Messiah is. "While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, Saying, What think ye of Christ? Whose son is He? They say unto him, The Son of David. He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make Thine enemies thy footstool? If David then call Him Lord, how is He his son?" (Matthew 22:41-45, KJV). The position of the Messiah is at God's right hand.




HE WILL COME AGAIN TO JUDGE THE LIVING AND THE DEAD

We shall be judged on our good and bad actions. The critical term in distinguishing good and bad actions is “freedom.” We shall be judged on how we have used our free will, whether in cooperating with God’s grace, or resisting His grace. There is nothing more fundamental in our understanding of God’s judgement than the fact that we have a truly free will. It is so free that we can actually say, “No,” to the will of the Almighty. However, we are free not only to choose the will of God, we are also free, that is, we have the power to say, “Yes,” to God’s grace, with no less generosity. On all these counts, we shall be judged when we are called by God into eternity.

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On the last day, Christ will come a second time into the world. As we said, this is the Parousia, which means “manifestation.” The first time that He came was in poverty and humility. The angels announced His first coming as a helpless child. His Second Coming, however, will be in resplendent majesty. It was this Second Coming that the angels foretold to the anxious disciples on Ascension Thursday.

Christ will preside as the King of the human race. He will exercise His divine power indeed, but as the God-made-man. Jesus will have completed the purpose of the Incarnation. God became man that as the God-man, He might redeem the human race. But He also became man in order to judge the human race, especially on its acceptance or rejection of Him as its Savior.



Finally, Christ will judge every human being. On what grounds? Because that is why God became man: to offer the gift of His grace, but also to judge the world on how people have responded to His grace.

Christ warns us to watch, because “you do not know the day when your Master is coming.” Behind this warning is the profound wisdom which the Savior had of how preoccupied we can be about the things of this world and how oblivious of the world to come. All other addictions to creatures are only systematic of our worst addiction, which is to the pleasures and joys, that life on earth can provide us. The lesson our Lord is teaching is that we should live in this world but always have our eyes on the world to come. The Old Testament proverb tells us, “in all your works remember your last end, and you will never sin” (Ecclesiasticus 7:40). All through our passage in time we should have our eyes on eternity. We are to be always ready because we do not know when Christ will call us from this life to the life that will never end.

Again Jesus warns us to stay awake because “You know not the day nor the hour.” The heart of Christ’s warning is in the imperative “stay awake.” The parable of the wise and foolish virgins is a commentary on His imperative caution.