These days we have been thinking more about our sufferings and difficulties because of the chaos in the world and also because human activities have come to a standstill.
Even those who are well established have reasons to worry.In fact those who lived life luxuriously are really finding it difficult to maintain the previous standard of life.
If every cloud has a silver lining then there is still hope of resolving our problems but its more for those who are habituated in falling and rising.
Those who haven’t fought against adversity will find it really difficult but there’s no harm in trying .
30 But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.-Mathew 19:30
Those who are struggling since their birth have really nothing to lose,we can’t say that they are suffering for their curses but they have been made firm as the rocks.
They are the ones who are desperately fighting against all odds to prove that they are not inefficient in any sphere.
If you have been despised,if you have been ridiculed,if people have underestimated you and have put you in some other category then you have been called to come in front by dintof your perseverance and hard work.
30 But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first,Mathew 19 :30 clearly tells us of those laborers who had come at the last moment and yet got the same wages like those who had started their work at the right time.
So if you are late don’t worry,if you have sinned and have offended the father and have ignored his love and kindness remember it’s the perfect time to return to the father because he is ever ready to welcome you in his house where he allows his servants to taste the most delectable dishes (Luke 15:11-32 Prodigal Son)so imagine what privileges you will be entitled because you are his loving child so don’t give up and think but implement all your plans of living a respectable life because you are significant in God’s sight.
Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,“Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; 30 for my eyes have seen your salvation 31 that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.”-Luke 2:25-32
In the book of Luke chapter 2 verses 25 to 32 above we notice how a person eager to meet the Lord finally meets him and praises the Lord for the Lord never lets us down but he allows circumstances to fulfill the aspirations and dreams of a person whatsoever may be our dreams.
Omnipotent God knows all our wishes and seldom he interferes unless and until we request him to save us from the worldly accomplishments which often drag us to sufferings.
How we meet him depends upon our enthusiasm,efforts and our sincerity.A man carrying a deadly weapon is not allowed to meet the President or Prime Minister but on the contrary he is put behind the bars.
So many people have lost their original track which they had decided to follow for not knowing the prerogatives or for trying to follow the world as well as the Lord at the same time.
It’s natural for us to love the materialistic world because we are living here and at the same time we ought to keep in mind the fact that all that we are attached to on this earth are transitory.
In such circumstances we have to continue with our little piety, mortifications and prayers through which we can take our supplications to the Lord and move slowly and steadily close to him despite our love for the world.
36 And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, 37 and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 38 And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.-Luke 2:36-38
The Same chapter of Luke has two excellent examples(Simeon and Anna) of how God honours his devotees for their incessant prayers,and humble requests.God loves people who never gives up hope in him but keeps the flame of faith alive even when things seem to be impossible.
18 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2 He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
4 “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”-Luke 18:1-5
If a cruel ruler who didn’t fear God could resolve the problem of a helpless widow who was consistent in seeking justicethen imaginewhat the merciful God can do for you if you remain consistent in your supplications.
“Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me?
Where will my resting place be? 2 Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the Lord.
“These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.
The above is the promise of a generous father,he knew everything hence he has arranged everything in such a way that we should never feel that we are neglected or abandoned.
Praise the Lord,my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. 2 Praise the Lord,my soul, and forget not all his benefits— 3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, 5 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6 The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.
7 He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel: 8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious -Psalm 103:1-8
Whatsoever may be the situation we ought to keep in mind the fact that the Lord is always with us so long we don’t turn our faces from him by making a friendship with the evil one.
A true friendship with the Lord means a lot for us as we have read how he raised Lazarus from death.
(John 11:1–44) in the New Testament in which Jesus raises Lazarus of Bethany from the dead four days after his entombment.
Today human corpses are thrown away and buried because their dear ones are not interested in completing the last rituals of their dear ones out of fear of the virus.
Look at Jesus he didn’t mind going near the stinking body of Lazarus because that is divine love which we all require to be strong especially when the world considers us weak.
Last but not the least being the children of a loving father let us support each other in the family ,in the neighbourhood and in our workplaces to make our loving father happy and in the end no one will feel neglected or abandoned in this beautiful world.
Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. 2 Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint; heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony. 3 My soul is in deep anguish. How long,Lord, how long?
4 Turn,Lord, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love. 5 Among the dead no one proclaims your name. Who praises you from the grave?
6 I am worn out from my groaning.
All night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears. 7 My eyes grow weak with sorrow; they fail because of all my foes.
8 Away from me, all you who do evil, for the Lord has heard my weeping. 9 The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer. 10 All my enemies will be overwhelmed with shame and anguish; they will turn back and suddenly be put to shame.-Psalm 6
Dear ones,thank you very much for your prayers and I need your prayers for my family members as everyone in my family is ill including me.
Illnesses bring us closer to the mighty one,it helps us to make a proper examination of conscience,it enables a person to realize the flaws and faults of the past and finally makes a person humble.
We are passing through a period of uncertainty according to the statutes of this world but we do not really know what is best for an individual in the sight of the mighty one.
Dear Lord,I only pray to you to be with us as you have always been with us and request you to forgive my iniquities against you and all my fellow brothers and sisters and offer up the present and future of all my loved ones at your feet.Amen.
8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ ”
11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.-Mathew 4:8-11
It wasn’t possible for the devil to tell a lie before Jesus therefore he spoke the truth Again,”the devil took him to a very highmountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the worldand their splendor.”All these I will give you,”he said to Jesus…
It was Jesus and not me that’s why he said,Away from me Satan!”
God has nothing to do with the worldly treasures because to him we are the real treasures.God is on the look out for human souls and Satan is also doing the same but satan is using baits to attract human souls because his purpose is destruction whereas God’s purpose is creation.
If corona or flourona is contagious then the easiest way of being rich is is also viral in today’s world.People are very enthusiastic to copy the ways of the wealthy be rich and it can’t be stopped by masks or sanitizers so it is indeed a matter of grave concern today.
People are bowing before Satan to be wealthy by engaging themselves in acts of child trafficking,women trafficking and illegal selling of human body parts and pornography which are the devices of the Satan to be rich.
The wealth and riches of this world are the real baits to lure human minds and souls,it is wealth,that has created so much problem in the world today.
Divisions or groups as well as so called status have all been formed based on the resources an individual has.
It is a matter of shame that rationalism has given prestigious name called business to what the poorest of the poor called cheating.
Before Christmas I visited a store to buy artificial flowers for home decorations in our local market and the shopkeeper told me that the particular floral bouquet would cost at least 2 dollars.
For the decoration of the church they bought the same flower bouquet for 1 dollar.
Poverty And Riches
Avoidance of Strife
I cannot picture to myself a time when no man shall be richer than another. But I do picture to myself a time when the rich will spurn to enrich themselves at the expense of the poor and the poor will cease to envy the rich. Even in a most perfect world, we shall fail to avoid inequalities, but we can and must avoid strife and bitterness. (YI, 7-10-1926, p. 348)
Every palace that one sees in the world is a demonstration, not of riches, but of the insolence of power that riches give to the few, who owe them to the miserably requited labours of the millions of the paupers across the globe. (YI, 28-4-1927, p. 137)(I have removed the name of a particular country in the aboveparagraph)
Duty of the rich
The rich should ponder well as to what their duty is today. They who employ mercenaries to guard their wealth may find those very guardians turning on them. The moneyed classes have got to learn how to fight either with arms or with the weapon of non-violence.
For those who wish to follow the latter way, the best and most effective mantra is:[tyen tyakten bhunjithaha] (Enjoy the wealth by renouncing it). Expanded it means: “Earn your cores by all means. But understand that your wealth is not yours; it belongs to the people. Take what you equire for your legitimate needs, and use the remainder for society.”
This truth has hitherto not been acted upon; but, if the moneyed classes do not even act on it in these times of stress, they will remain the slaves of their riches and passions and, consequently, of those who overpower them.
…I see coming the day of the rule of the poor, whether that rule be through force of arms or of non-violence. Let it be remembered that physical force is transitory even as the body is transitory. But the power of the spirit is permanent, even as the spirit is everlasting. (H, 1-2-1942,
The following is an extract from MK Gandhi’s My life is my message.
So earning in the easiest and illegal way don’t always help to live a happy,safe and secure life but it brings with it curses,differences,chaos and illnesses.
Sorry dear ones because I haven’t read your posts since the end of December.Yes I had to perform my special duties of meeting my loved ones ,I had special liturgical duties to perform.
Does that mean I don’t love you all?No,not at all because you all are in my heart.I know each one of you well.I know how much you all trust me that is why I am back to share with you an important issue.
The word of God is in our body ,mind and soul.It exists even in the mind of the person who has not even read the Bible once in lifetime .
Now you ask me how is it possible ?Yes it is possible because we read in the book of Mathew the followings…
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself”Marhew –22:37-39
How soothing it is to know that the word of God has been planted in the mind of everyone living on this earth irrespective of caste,creed and religion except a few people.
Often I wonder when I notice our brothers and sisters of other community in our country are so generous ,kind and loving to fellow human beings.
The Almighty God is not at all powerless but he has entrusted his power to all of us and now it is upto us to empower him by using our powers for the good of humanity .
We cannot say that God has inflicted upon us a lethal virus for the destruction of humanity rather we should take it as we have created an ideal environment on this earth for lethal virus to survive happily and to cause havoc.
We all know that when the members of a family are busy in an inner fights an outsider with evil intentions intervene or tries to be friendly with a member of such a family to misguide the others.
Yes,we are truly in such a situation when we have to help each other removing all kinds of ego and attitudes of hatred for the well being of our off springs and for the good of the future generations.
There are no other options but only one and that is we have to be loving,kind and generous to be called as the children of Loving God.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ,so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.
As we come to the end of a blessed year it is our first and foremost duty to thank and praise the Lord for his love and care.
As we have lost many dear ones and near ones we also know so many people who have survived dreaded diseases and are living with us to glorify the mighty one .
Sin will always be there so that we remain ever faithful to the mighty one for his grace to stay away from sins.We have all sinned and have been forgiven because we have been called to be busy with the work of spreading the message of love.
We all are preparing to do something extraordinary in the new year not because we are very powerful but because we have received powers from above to stand beside the weak in spirit and enable them to fight against the prince of hell.
The birth of a child is just the beginning of a human life.Very slowly it grows in knowledge and wisdom,the parents can’t really predict much about his future but they believe that they have a role in molding the character and habits of a child.
Similarly we all have to wait for the Lord to arrange the perfect situation at the perfect time.To bring out the best we ought to persevere even in difficult times because in defence training the trainees go through severe techniques of self protection, even food habits and diet plays a vital role in the formation of fit body and mind .
If a trainee quits in the mid way of the training then he is no more accepted in the army because of his lack of training .He will not be able to enjoy or suffer the life of a defence personnel in future, he will not be important for the government anymore.
Likewise so long we don’t achieve anything great we have to keep on trying so long we don’t receive the help we require for our achievements.
If we are disappointed then it is so because of human errors that means we require God’s intervention to be on the true path we are destined to tread on .
In the new year 2022 we will have more troubles than we had earlier,perhaps a disastrous year in our life.It’s only my assumptions.Don’t panic if you find that I have given up a pious way of life Don’t be nervous if you hear of wars,disasters but stick to your faith because in the last days …..
25 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26 People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
29 He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. 30 When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. 31 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.Luke21:25-31
Hello everyone,it’s Christmas time …a time to be busy with various activities and yes we are really very busy trying to make people happy during this festive season.
Like you all I am also busy with the Church Coir ,rehearsal and arranging different speakers and carols so that I won’t be sorry later on for missing out the favorite ones.
Once on the eve of Christmas the Priest and volunteers of a church were decorating and after completing everything they were quite happy with their work.
Finally at midnight when they were about to start their service the Priest stood with the service boys and as he got ready to remove the curtain from the little manger in which they place a statue of baby Jesus.
To his utter surprise the Priest noticed the little statue of baby Jesus was missing .The volunteers were very sorry for their blunder.They ran to the godown behind the sacristy and found the statue of baby Jesus was lying wrapped in papers .
My beloved ones ,very often we forget all about Jesus during Christmas because of the worldly activities which have become customs or rituals that we feel we have to perform. Sometimes we find a void or an emptiness in our heart during Christmas season even after spending thousands of dollars for decorations ,clothes and food articles .
To me Christmas is nothing special because I find I haven’t done enough for the Christs of this earth ,they are hungry and suffering for not having enough clothes and food .
Thanks be to God for we find enough poor people on this earth so we don’t regret for not having an encounter with Lord Jesus Christ.
If you are not happy during this great festival meet your poor neighbor and share with him the least that you can afford and happily receive the real blessings of Jesus Christ.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas with full of love,peace and Joy .
Yes,growth is painful because we have to spend our invaluable time to make it happen.Lazy people don’t usually grow they only grow young,adult and then old.
Growth doesn’t mean having huge turnover in a short time and then perish quickly ,no it is not growth because growth means learning to live a longer life with limited resources.
Sometimes the richest people don’t grow with their huge assets because they become extinct in very short time.
It is not at all easy to achieve the power of living a life of prolonged period because that is the power which is controlled by spirituality.
We don’t understand spirituality that’s why we fail to make a profit out of the spiritual powers of another person.
This was done in the best possible way by one of the thieves who were crucified beside Jesus.He was punished for his crimes unlike Jesus who was totally Innocent.He realized the power of Jesus and made full use of it by requesting Jesus to take him to his home .
Two others, both criminals, were led out to be executed with him. 33 When they came to a place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified—one on his right and one on his left.
34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.
35 The crowd watched and the leaders scoffed. “He saved others,” they said, “let him save himself if he is really God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.” 36 The soldiers mocked him, too, by offering him a drink of sour wine. 37 They called out to him, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38 A sign was fastened above him with these words: “This is the King of the Jews.”
39 One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, “So you’re the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself—and us, too, while you’re at it!”
40 But the other criminal protested, “Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die? 41 We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.”
43 And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.”-Luke 23:32-42
People work hard not because they are rich but because they need to earn to survive similarly we pray not because we are pious but because we are weak in every aspects so we need to have relationship with the person who can help us to be strong even when we are weak.
In today’s world we notice that important people are able to complete their tasks very quickly on the basis of urgency.Their fame don’t make them stand in long queues,I mean they get the first preference in every spheres of life.
If we want our problems to be resolved quickly then we have to have a better relationship with the person who has assess to the solutions of all the problems.
I don’t mean that because I am trying to write about spirituality I am a saintly person but I understand the need of being related to people who are writing inspirational posts of spirituality .I have realized the value of God’s words and it’s tremendous power like many others.
Exactly the way the criminal on the cross got full forgiveness of his sins by surrendering before the Master.I can be benefited from the grace and blessings of those who read the word of God regularly.
With the limited time to spend on my little blog and the frequent buffering of the internet I cannot easily asses to more bloggers with the same niche .
So my humble request to you all great bloggers please share with me links of bloggers writing about spirituality.
To come out of my present situations I must strive hard to help those who have chosen to write about the word of God.
After all I am dust and to dust I shall return so nothing is more important than the word of God.
We have been struggling to make things happen and we all are free to try our best to have a lovely world of ours,which we expect to be extraordinary.
I do not know about you all but I have tried and have realized that to bring out the best from anything one has to know it thoroughly.
Many of us do not know the ways of this beautiful world therefore we fail to bring out the best out of it ,in fact in trying to alter things and situations we entangle ourselves in some unwanted problems and only then we look towards the creator for aid.
We all have come across a little child playing in its lovely home,may be in the courtyard or corridor, when the parents are busy with their household chores.If the child comes across another sharp object besides its toys somewhere in the courtyard and tries to play with it without the parents permission you all can guess the consequences.
Yes,it is very important to meddle with the worldly affairs with the permission of the creator.We have been putting things in disorder by ignoring a little discussion with the loving father,I mean a little prayer before we take charge of any task.
Don’t worry even if you are in a state of sin because a mother is never worried to help her little child even if it’s unclean.
13 Return their cloak by sunset so that your neighbor may sleep in it. Then they will thank you, and it will be regarded as a righteous act in the sight of the Lord your God.
14 Do not take advantage of a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether that worker is a fellow Israelite or a foreigner residing in one of your towns.15 Pay them their wages each day before sunset, because they are poor and are counting on it. Otherwise they may cry to the Lord against you, and you will be guilty of sin.-Deuteronomy 24:13-15
We fail to wait on the Lord with our petitions but sometimes the Lord doesn’t interfere in our foolish acts though he is reluctant to do that yet he does it in some cases lest we blame him of taking away our freedom.
So we have to request the Lord to interfere whenever we are in danger of making wrong decisions otherwise He will wait till we stop and allow him to take over.
So this Christmas, make Him your Guide and Philosopher and request him to stay with you and be sure the pandemic will cease to exist.