Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Faith

Faith always follows God and perseveres in HIM– even when understanding falls short to comprehend God's ways and HIS will.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Peace and Harmony

Where God is revered, there LOVE1 lives.

Where love2 is lived, there is Peace and Harmony.






1. God.
2. Love of God– living conscientiously the virtues of God– to be kind; Gentle; Generous; Forgiving; Understanding and Merciful.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Love God- Believe in God

In our ignorance of God and  in our stubbornness to acknowledge God, when we yield1 to evil, it makes us blind2 and warps our understanding3.
The evil impels us to defy the TRUTH4  and makes us fearless of the consequences of our sins. It inebriates5 our soul with the joy of vanity. Eventually, with cunning subtlety it drags our soul  to the door of damnation.



Are you still his slave?






1. when you deny God–  you accept the authority of evil.

2. prevents us from seeing our folly.

3. of right and wrong.

4. Jesus Christ.

5. makes us complacent– that we do not feel a need for God.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Christian living



Christian life  is not for mediocrity.1
Christian life  is a life of conscientious living.2



we are called to be salt of the earth; light to the world and leaven of Christ's love– to leaven the whole world with the love of Christ.







1. less spiritual fervor; a lukewarm life (not living life in the fullness of Christ's love.); not making any progress in Christ's love; living a life of self-satisfaction.

2. generously bringing forth good works in the love of God; faithful and diligent living; doing every work wholeheartedly.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Our daily life

Let your life be more of an uplifting inspiration.1

And watch carefully, to be less a cause of moral degradation.2






1. through your life of faith in Christ; through your chastity; through your patience ; through your kindness ; through your love; through your cheerful generosity ; through your understanding ; through your gentleness ; through your  mercy; through your resolute perseverance in Christ in difficult times .


2. A bad example, a cause of downfall through bad faith; selfish attitudes; immodest apparel; coarse words; bad temper; quarrels; arrogance; abuse; jealousy; every kind of malice.  

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

The greatest sin of married life

Divorce is the greatest sin1 of married life.



Marriage is a  sacred union of man and woman, sanctified by God and witnessed by God.  It is a perpetual bond in which two souls entrust themselves in Love and Trust in God.  The two souls are united with each other and with God as one family. Divorce is a wicked act of defying God and  breaking our trust in HIS faithful love.

Pray, that the union remain Blessed and that no overwhelming circumstances prompt a behavior so wicked and foolish as to break the sacred bond and trust in God.





1.
Abuse and all other sins are of secondary importance. Human weaknesses can be corrected and circumstances can change with time.

But the abrogation of the  Holy bond is of utmost importance. It involves too great an insult to God.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Happy Teacher's Day' 2017

Teacher's day artwork by Sanjay M Colaco.
Happy Teacher's Day' 2017


On this wonderful day, let us thank God for all the Teachers; our Parents and all those people who have inspired us and influenced our life to make us what we are– today.

Happy Teacher's day !

Have a Blessed day !!!

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Prayer of Love

Near your love1, may I live.
Far away from sin, may I stay.





1. Living in reverence of God; doing good deeds.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

God, at our right hand

With God at our right hand, every wrong step will be Corrected.
With our humble faith1 in him, every sin will be forgiven.





1. humble faith: A persevering faith that constantly, longingly and humbly waits upon God.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

God, the Master Healer of all circumstances

God is the potter and we are the clay. We are HIS handiwork. HE has fashioned our life for a purpose HE has intended. God's plan  for our life is for our own good. But if our life does not serve God's purpose and goes against HIS will, then we have to bear the consequences1 for our own sins.

God is the Master of our life. HE has  authority over every circumstances in our life. In whatever circumstances we find ourselves in, we must humbly accept with faith, God's purpose for our life– rather than spending anxious time in understanding why me?

We can trust that God will never lay a burden too great on our weak shoulders or place us in a difficult circumstances which we are unable to bear. God can make us grow and prosper2 in any kind of circumstances. HE can turn any Contrary circumstances3 in our favor– only if we faithfully trust in HIM . God makes us fruitful on HIS path, which HE has planned for us.

Our life is God's generous gift to us. we are here in this world, to live according to HIS will. Our life is for humbly accepting all the circumstances in faith from God's hand and living it reverently for HIM.

No one can live more contentedly than the one who willingly accepts his share of sufferings from God's hand and lives humbly for God.








1. We ourselves impose frustrations on our life path by acting against God's will.


2. All the Prophets; Saints and God's Holy people were blessed in their humble circumstances for accepting and living according to  God's will, in Faith and Humility.
e.g. Israelites under the slavery of Egyptians– the salvation history.
e.g. Abraham was made the father of many nations.
e.g. Joseph became the Governor of Egypt- became an important element in the history of salvation.


3. e.g. Daniel in lion's pit.
    e.g. Joseph betrayed by Potiphar's wife. Joseph was exalted to the honor of a Governor of Egypt.
     e.g. St. Josephine Bakhita– life's journey from slave girl to Sainthood.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Christ- the salt of Everlasting Life


Christ is the salt that preserves us from every kind of corruption.
Christ is the salt that brings unity and peace among the Brotherhood.
Christ is the salt (covenant of salt) that makes us people of God.
Christ is the salt (salt of the covenant) that makes our life as worthy offering, pleasing to God.
Christ is the salt that adds flavor1 to our earthly life.

Let the 'salt of Everlasting life' live within you, to bring you to the full knowledge of the Truth– to salvation.






1. Peaceful; Loving; Charitable; lively; exhibiting Joy  in all circumstances– at all times.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Denial and Betrayal- Salvation and Damnation

Peter denied of knowing Jesus while Judas betrayed the Love of Jesus.
The two of them faced diverse consequences.
Peter was saved whereas Judas was condemned.

Salvation came home to Peter– Peter loved Jesus with all his heart and he trusted in HIS Faithful love and Loving Mercy. His sin brought about repentance1 in God and led him close to God's Love.
Judas was driven to damnation– Judas was earthly minded; his heart didn't seek the love of Jesus and hence couldn't believe in God's Loving Mercy. His sin took him away from God.

Let's stay close to the heart (Love) of Jesus– that we may have the strength to seek HIS loving Mercy.






1. By its very nature sin takes us away from God. By contrast, in the heart of Peter, Love caused sin to repent in God, whereas in the faithless heart of Judas, sin ran its course and led him to damnation.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Journey to the City of Faithful Love

Our journey to the City of Faithful Love begins with our  persevering Faith in God; our Humility1 in God; our repentance in God and our Faithful life2 in God.







1. To accept God's authority in our life; to accept God's will in our life; to acknowledge our sins before God.

2. Doing the deeds of Mercy and Love.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

God surely helps

A day is occupied with enough trouble of its own.
We feel wearied and overburdened by the difficulties and trials of life.
In the weakness of our faith we feel the weight of our burden still more and we feel uncertain of God's faithful love and  HIS unfailing help.
Amidst  the storm of adversity and our wavering faith, we nevertheless try to  gather ourselves to call upon God- only to find ourselves faced with dejection.

We ought to call upon God in the manner of the faith of Israelites– who when overwhelmed by the burden of tribulations, called upon Yahweh with all sincerity and with all humility– acknowledging their sinfulness and lowliness before God.
And God seeing their desperate  plight and hearing their humble cry came to their rescue.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Christ– Our Heavenly Treasure

Our Faithful friendship with Christ is an important asset in our life.


Treasure it well.


Lose Christyou lose everything.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Be Blessed

We are blessed for choosing the right path1.
We are blessed for our faithful obedience to God.
We are blessed in our loving  obedience to our Parents.
We are blessed in our humble submission to God.
We are blessed in suffering for the sake of Christ.
We are blessed for persevering in our good faith in Christ.
We are blessed for loving and serving our fellow beings and the needy ones.
We are blessed for humbly waiting upon God.
We are blessed for living uprightly according to God's commandments.
We are blessed in humbly accepting God's will for our life.
We are blessed in acknowledging our sins before God.
We are blessed for being the living witness of God's love, in this unbelieving world.
We are blessed in praying for the disbelieving children of God.
We are blessed for offering our gratefulness to God.
We are blessed in praying for the departed souls.
We are blessed for glorifying God's Holy name in this mortal world.
We are blessed for humbly accepting our disability from God's hand.
We are blessed for patiently suffering our illnesses.
We are blessed for directing people of weak faith; sinners and unbelievers to God.



1. Path of life that keeps us alive in Christ.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Under God's protection

Those who live in Humility and love of God have nothing to fear about- they are constantly under God's protection.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Fruitful living

Fruitful living is– to live a life of Love. Love that lives in communion with God. Love that lives in faithful obedience to God. Love that lives in humble submission to God.

Fruitful living is– to be fruitful in Love. Fruitful in every kind of Charity1– to bring praise and  honor to God's Holy name, in this unbelieving world.









1. being Merciful; being Forgiving; being Kind; being Gentle; being Understanding; being Patient.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Our Spiritual progress

The measure of our progress in God is not exclusively with reference to overcoming our sinfulness–  but more preferably with reference to our growth in Faith; Humility; Mercy; Love; Patience and Understanding.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Wait upon God- and be Blessed

For everything good to happen in our life, we must wait upon God with Faith and Humility.

We must wait upon God with persevering Faith; persevering Patience; persevering Hope and persevering Love.

There is Blessedness in waiting patiently upon God.


For good things are delayed, because our good Faith is tested and God's Faithful Love is yet to be manifested.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Let your life be God-centered

For the most part, our life is either career-centered or family-centered– God is no longer the heart of our self-centered life.

Living a secular life unmindful of God  makes our life  wearisome1.

Let your life be God-centeredthat your life, career and family be restored to a peaceful conformity with God.









1. Physically tired; emotionally restless; spiritually dry and half-hearted.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

No more will sin dwell in you

Draw near to God– and God will come near to you.
Acknowledge God– and God will live in you.
With God living in youno more will sin dwell in you.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

People of Yahweh

Let the purity of our daily life render praise, honor and reverence to God's holy name, among the unbelieving world– so that Seeing our life of love and reverence, the world may come to acknowledge Jesus Christ as the son of the living God.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

What manner of faith do you practice?

The tempter1 acknowledges Christ, as the son of the living God– but doesn't Love2.

A good Christian(a child of God) acknowledges and believes in Christ, as the son of the living God– and Loves3.





What manner of faith do you practice?








1. The tempter– the devil.

2. His faith doesn't act in the virtue of Love. Love is not true to his nature.

3. Faith, Lovingly and Perseveringly follows Christ in deeds of Mercy and Love.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Life is Beautiful

Life is Beautiful- do not defile it with vain and faithless1 living.
Life is Precious- do not waste it in unfruitful2 living.








1. Life without the reverence of God.

2. Deeds which do not  edify others.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Be like a Child

As we live through life, we grow into 'mature worldly beings'- rather than growing up into 'mature children of God'.

Jesus Christ exhorts us to be like a child- in our innocence1; in our humility; in our forgiveness; in our love towards God and our neighbor.

We should diligently preserve2 this Childlikeness - even while we are maturing.
Because once we lose this gentle innocence, then it becomes difficult on part of our maturity to live a life of faith in God; to love and forgive and be innocent as  a little lamb.



1. Innocence= Childlike; Harmless (innocence will suffer in all humility but never offend- never harm.); having credulous faith (just a little evidence is enough, to believe- e.g. Apostle John); be humbly reliant (as a child is reliant on its mother for everything- we as mature children should be reliant on God.)

2. Preserve childlikeness= By staying close to God- through prayer; Holy Mass; Spiritual reading and spending time with little children.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

The way of Love

Love1 lives according to the will of God2.






1. Christ is-'the Love'- of God.
Christ lived according to the will of God. He willingly and Lovingly sacrificed HIS life to fulfill HIS Father's will.

2. The will of God for our life is to listen to HIS Beloved Son- making HIS words our home and our life- to follow the way of 'Truth' and 'Love' which HE has marked for us, that we may prosper.


Love and Heavenly Father's will is the most important thing in this life.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Vanity

To live a worthy life  is so difficult in this world. The world is packed with much of vanity and less of righteousness. Things of the world are so attractive; enticing and so pleasurable to the mind, that we find it difficult to restrain our curiosity. Our curiosity runs wild- desiring to explore every single created thing. Our curious mind craves for the gratification1 of  every worldly thing.

Adolescence is the most dangerous stage of human life-  this is where the tempter lures us with every kind of vanity-  We get drifted from the right path- we get distracted the most. We only come to our senses when our wrong choices hurt us; our wrong decisions betray us.


Vanity increasingly  entangles us into every kind of curiosity- to seek one satisfaction after another. It makes us forget God. Furthermore, it makes us doubt  in the existence of God. Consequently, it makes us incapable of loving one another. For when Vanity dwells in our heart, it leaves no place for God's Love. Vanity almost succeeds in turning us into an Atheist.

Vanity is so deceiving and dangerously intoxicating, that it binds us to remain in the state of deception- all our life. Furthermore, it numbs our faith in God- we cannot feel the presence of God; we do not feel the need for God. Our wrong priorities in living our life, leads us into every kind of mess- our world turns into hell.

Only a miracle of Grace can save us from the entanglement of the world and bring us closer to God.





1. We get into the habit of satisfying the cravings of our hungry mind- only to leave our heart completely dissatisfied.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Christ and the Learned

Christ comes to live in the heart of those Learned and Knowledgeable, who are willing to count their learning as nothing1 and in humility, to accept HIM as everything2.







1. Secondary to Christ- and keeping away Pride(of being learned). Knowing Christ is of supreme worth- Christ is the Wisdom of God.

2. Our Lord and our God.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Love of God

Love of God begins to grow in a heart that believes.
Love of God continues to live in a heart that reveres God.
Love of God is a Grace that imparts Divine quality to human love.
Love of God is a salt that preserves human love from corruption.
Love of God is an Eternal light that directs our life to our Heavenly home.
Love of God gives spiritual strength to human love- to be kind; to be gentle; to be understanding; to be forgiving.
Without the Love of God, human love is incapable of uprightness.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Soaring towards Heaven

Just like an Airplane needs to gather momentum and acceleration  to take off- we need to gather1and build up our faith gradually, to rise above earthly things- and soar towards Heaven.






1. Gather faith experiences from our personal life- where we experienced God's presence- very closely.
Gather faith from the lives of the Saints.
Gather faith from the lives of the Apostles and Disciples of Christ.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Zacchaeus and Herod

In Humility1, Zacchaeus was eager to meet Jesus.
In vain curiosity and pride, Herod was waiting to meet Jesus.

Salvation came home to Zacchaeus.
Herod was left to desolation- to die in sin.







1. Humility- that is willing to welcome Jesus with all heart.
Humility- that is repentant and joyfully willing to accept God's salvation.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Perfect sacrifice

In one act of Jesus's death on the cross, HE took away the sins of generations to come- for, HE was the Perfect sacrifice.

Only a perfect1 sacrifice has the Grace to remedy the sins of the world.


Christ alone- is the way to salvation.






1. Blameless; sinless; spotless lamb.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

A moment of Light

A single spiritual moment is so precious; so valuable and so Holy. It is like a Brilliant Light.

Moments of sin are like darkness1- a whole lot of darkness.

A single little spiritual moment is a great consolation- for it dispels the darkness and brings us closer to God.

Let your day be filled with the presence of at least a single moment of light
2-  to dispel the darkness of several other unfruitful moments.







1. Gloom; anxiety; Hopelessness; unbelief.

2. A moment of Faith; Goodness; Hope in God; Good deed; Gratefulness to God; a quiet time with God.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Christ- our Good Shepherd

Christ comes searching for us, like a Good shepherd.
He patiently waits for our return home- like a Merciful Father of a prodigal son .
But we are busy in worthless1 living - till our mortal flesh is all defiled2 and our weak faith is almost lost.








1. life without the reverence of God is worthless.

2. life of vanity exposes us to every evil and makes us vulnerable.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Love and Forgiveness

A person who does not forgive- doesn't  love.
A person who doesn't love1- does not know God.
A person who does not know God- is a unworthy person-   a slave2of vanity.










1. Love comes from God.
2. Vanity rules his heart and his life .

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

And, we say- we don't need God.

Our heart receives the strength1 to love- from God.
Our heart receives the inspiration to love- from God.
Our heart receives the Grace to forgive and patiently bear the hurt feelings- from God.
Our heart receives the Grace to believe in God's faithful love- in difficult moments- from God.

If we don't believe in God; if we don't incline our heart towards the love of God- who will teach our heart to Love? Who will revive our heart?







1. When our love grow cold, we  are not able to understand each other and bear patiently with each other- not able to forgive each other.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

The narrow gate of life

To live according to the commandments1 of God- is a narrow gate.

To live according to the practices of the world; to live according to our natural inclinations2- is a wide gate.










1. Following God's commandments is a hard road- as it yields fruits (love, Joy, Peace and every goodness)  through patience and perseverance.
God's commandments inclines our heart to the 'kingdom of God'- to a life of Love; Peace; Eternal life.

2. Human nature looks forward to satisfaction and happiness, in only earthly things. It looks no further than the world. it is inclined towards destruction- as it is opposed to God's commandments.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

A call to unity- in Christ Jesus

God scattered mankind in different nations, speaking different languages, all over the world- because man united in his pride to defy1 the authority of God.

Man's enterprise in building a great tower for himself, was not for the Glory of God- but for his own glory; to satisfy his ever-increasing lust for achievements.

That which began as a small enterprise in building the 'Tower of Babel'2(reaching Heaven) has eventually reached the skies in modern advancement and technology- not acknowledging God or giving Glory to God- rather, being proud of his accomplishments.

Nevertheless- today, God calls us to repentance; to unity- in one faith; in one Love, in Christ Jesus- our Lord.


In Christ alone, we are unity- one world.







1. "let us build ourselves a city... and make a name for ourselves". [Genesis 11:4]

Rather than living according to Yahweh's commandments and becoming Yahweh's people and Yahweh's Blessed nation.

2. 'Tower of Babel' signifies the defying attitude of mankind towards God.

Those who don't acknowledge God- they have their own 'Tower of Babel'-  their accomplishments; fame; beauty; wealth; education etc.

we must acknowledge God for every aspect of our being; our life.

When we don't acknowledge God- we defy God.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Faith

Faith is- a Grace of perfect confidence1 in God- a Grace given to Humble souls2.







1. For God everything is possible. HE is the Master of all the circumstances. HE does everything for our own good (Everything HE wills for our life, is for our own good.)

This is the confidence which we should feel in our heart- each time we think about God.

2. souls who are eager and willing to know God and live in God.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Walking with God

Advance each day of your life with Faith1 and Humility2 in God.

Live your life to the edification of the unbelieving3 world.








1. God is always with us- and does everything for our own good.
2. Accepting God's authority in our life and humbly accepting God's will for our life.
3. Those who have still not accepted Christ- as their salvation.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Welcome to the world of Faith

Welcome to the world of Faith.
Here, is Christ- the son of the living God.
Here, is the law of Love- the only law that can faithfully govern our life and heal the wickedness of human heart.
Here, are the Beautiful virtues of God- that give personality and character to our life.
Here, is the Everlasting life- which gives us the hope of living eternally.
Here, is Peace, Joy and Happiness- the fruits of faithful life in Christ.
Here, is the Wisdom of God- without which the world counts for nothing .

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Life- this way, please.

Earn- to live.
Live- to Love1.






1. Make Love an ultimate goal of your life. Let all your deeds  proceed out of Love for God.  For without God, there is no Love; without Love, there is no life- no living.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Skeptic and the 'word of God'

Skeptic :  "I could write something down and say, this is from God- it doesn’t mean that it really is. Is there any proof that 'Holy Bible' is the inspired word of God?"

Faithful : The Sacred scripture is the living word ,inspired by God. The men who were instrumental in writing this word were under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the wisdom that has come from above. The scripture says," the wisdom that comes down from above is essentially something pure; it is also Peaceable, kindly and Considerate; it is full of Mercy and shows itself by doing good; nor is there any trace of partiality or hypocrisy in it." [ james3:17]. Christ says," ‘It is the spirit that gives life, the flesh has nothing to offer. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life." [John6: 63]. The written word of God has life giving Spirit. It has Divine quality. The sacred scripture says," so it is with the word that goes from my mouth: it will not return to me unfulfilled or before having carried out my good pleasure and having achieved what it was sent to do." [ Isaiah 55: 11 ]

The word of God gives us the Grace and strength  and compels us in doing Good. It makes the 'will of God'- it's rule, and HIS Glory- its end.



The word born of human reasoning lacks God's Spirit. It's aim is personal victory rather than the triumph of the 'Truth'. This is truly a false wisdom. The Sacred scripture says," But if at heart you have the bitterness of jealousy, or selfish ambition, do not be boastful or hide the 'Truth' with lies; this is not the wisdom that comes from above, but earthly, human and devilish." [James 3:14-15 ] and the effect that it produces is disharmony and wickedness of every kind.


If the above refutation seems to be insufficient to the unbeliever, then St. Thomas Aquinas says,"  If our opponent believes nothing of Divine revelation, there is no longer any means of proving the articles of Faith by reasoning, but only of answering his objections---if he has any---against Faith." [  Saint Thomas Aquinas Summa Theologica I (7).]

Faith vs reason

Reason (ignorance about God ) needs to be won by our Faith and Love in Christ Jesus, as Lord Jesus Himself said : " by your Love they'll know , you are my Disciples. ". Engaging a battle of reasons doesn't gain much.




* bad faith (belief in Gods other than Jesus Christ) is won not by persuading words- but, by the sanctity of our life in Jesus Christ. 

Time for God

We are so busy with life , that we can hardly find time for God. But its not the question of finding time for God.

God gives us life for each day. He gives it generously, so that we may live it fruitfully in HIM. And we on our part, hardly spare any time for God.


God gives us a full measure for each day and HE expect us to return it in full (our fruitful work). And the only way we can do this, is by doing our work in the awareness of HIS presence- by living each moment in God.


This is the duty of each moment - to live in the presence of God, believing that God-is-with-us.

Faith in God

Where everything (Hope) is dead- there, Faith lives.


Because, Faith lives with God.

The Times- Now

In the light of the Holy Bible, the times now can be interpreted in a single verse : " When Love of God grows cold in our heart, it gives rise to every kind of wickedness and lawlessness."

The Holy Scripture says, "  Watch and Pray ". Watch - where your heart is leading you; where the times now is leading you. And Pray !

No " Human Law " has the power to destroy the Evil. Evil is conquered and destroyed only through Faith in God.

And as the Holy Scripture says:  "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts...". Do not harden your heart to believe in God and change your wrong way of life.
But unfortunately, due to weak human nature, we have to learn a hard lesson- always !

God is a Faithful-loving-Father, who patiently waits for HIS children. It is we , who have to come back to HIM- with Humility and with Faith, united in GOD.

  Blessed be GOD !!!

Humility

Sin is abhorrent to God.

But God looks mercifully on those with humble heart- God loves the humility of a Contrite heart.

Humility brings us to repentance-  it reconcile us with God.

Pride stagnates us into ignorance of God- and sin. It makes us worthless.

Humility makes us resilient in God- it renews our spirit and makes us alive.

Humility listens to God's voice- responds to God's invitation.

Humility welcomes Faith- and grows in the direction of Faith. Pride blocks Faith.

Humility cannot exist without God. we cannot live humble life without acknowledging God's presence  in our life.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

A Holy nation

A nation obeying the 'commandments of God' enjoys Peace and order- otherwise, it is thrown into every kind of immorality and disorder- and faithlessness.

A nation needs to be governed by people, whose life stands on the firm foundation of 'God's Holy commandments'.



Those who are not wholeheartedly for God, cannot be faithfully with the nation- in governing the nation.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

The Greatness of God's Love

HE condescended in the form of human being- for the sake of our love.
HE suffered the pain and became a squirming worm on the cross- for the sake of our love.
We crucified HIM, nevertheless, HE forgave us- for the sake of our love.

In the  weakness and stubbornness of our human nature we defy HIM (who created us in HIS love) but HE patiently waits for our return- for the sake of our Love.
HE resurrected from the dead (to give us the hope of Eternal Life)- for the sake of our love.

He took the burden of our sins upon HIMSELF and gave us the gift of HIS love.
HE hides HIS pain and shows us HIS Love.
The magnificence of HIS Faithful Love and HIS infinite Mercy is proclaimed- the intensity of HIS unfathomable pain remains  hidden and obscure- for the sake of our love.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Christian Living

Worldly living- the world lives according to the directions of the changing times.


Christian living is a life of constant Love1- a love that is Faithful today and Forever.


For Jesus Christ is the same Yesterday, Today, and Forever.








1. Love of Christ is Steadfast and Faithful.

Friday, 14 April 2017

The kiss of betrayal

The picture depicts the 'night of betrayal'- Jesus Christ, the 'Lamb of God' betrayed by Judas Iscariot.
The kiss of betrayal




Here's my Artwork for 'Good Friday' 2017.

Title: The kiss of betrayal.

Theme: The picture depicts the 'night of betrayal'- Jesus Christ, the 'Lamb of God' betrayed by Judas Iscariot.

Description:
1. The background- the 'dark night' is woven with treachery* and Passion. The purple colors of the sky and the thorns denotes the night of suffering and agony. The night is overshadowing Jesus. The night of agony is filled with bright crosses- instead of stars- symbolizing suffering leading to Glory.

2. The heart with a cross denotes Jesus Christ. The heart of Christ is shown in pure white- symbolic of Purity- unblemished Lamb. The heart of Christ, which is full of Love is melting- symbolic of Christ willingly and Lovingly sacrificing Himself for our salvation. Thorns on the heart- symbolic of agony of Jesus.

3. The lips of Judas Iscariot are shown in two colors- the outer smooth edge in white and the inner jagged edge in black- symbolic of impostor. He appeared to be the Apostle of Christ (belonging to the Light). On the contrary, he belonged to the darkness. The inner black lips merge into the night- symbolic of Judas belonging to the darkness. Judas, the betrayer is one with the 'night of betrayal' to betray the innocent 'Lamb of God'.
The betraying lips of Judas and the 'dark night' appear to bite into the innocence of Jesus.
The blood on the lips of Judas is symbolic of treachery.

* Treachery of Judas and treacherous plans of Sanhedrin.

Blessed be God !!!  Blessed be God !!!   Blessed be God !!!

P.S. Zoom in on the picture to understand the details.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

The 'Most Holy Eucharist'- God's Loving gift.

The importance of ‘Holy Eucharist’ in our daily life:

We all need the love of our Parents; our friends and people around us- to grow into a sound human being. In addition to this, we also need the love of God- to nourish our spirit and soul. The ‘Holy Eucharist’ is the living presence and loving gift of God’s love for us.
 
2000 years ago, Christ manifested HIS physical presence on the earth. In today’s times, HE is present to us in the form of the ‘Holy Eucharist’. Jesus Christ gave us the precious gift of HIS Body- the ‘Holy Eucharist’, as a spiritual nourishment for our body and soul. 
 
In this world of bad faith, we are surrounded by too many instances of lukewarm; unbelieving; immoral and sinful people- good faith is the spiritual property of only a few . In order to keep our faith in God alive, we need the daily presence of Jesus in our life. The ‘Holy Eucharist’ purifies our body and soul from the stains of sin. It unloads the burden of sin from our daily life. Consequently, we feel our life worth living- we feel free- our spirit becomes bright- because we are freed from the bondage of sin. The ‘Body of Christ’ is the salt of everlasting life, which protects us from the influence of sin and leads us on the path of salvation. Daily nourishment of this ‘living bread’ makes us more and more ‘Christ-like’ and Holy. Away from God, we become vulnerable to every kind of sin and evil tendencies. The ‘Body of Christ’ gives strength to our mortal flesh, to wade through the difficulties and trials of our life- and to persevere in our faith and love in Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ is our constant help and faithful friend in times of need. The living ‘Body of Christ’ is our constant Peace; our faith; hope and salvation. The ‘Body of Christ’ is the source of abundant Joy- which strongly manifests itself in the most difficult moments of our life. The ‘Holy Eucharist’ gives us the opportunity and satisfaction of living with Jesus- which the Apostles enjoyed 2000 years ago. The ‘Body of Christ’ protects us from the influence and effects of sin. It dispels the darkness of sin from our mind and heart and helps us to see and understand everything clearly- in the light of God.
The ‘Body of Christ’ is the source of spiritual strength to our heart- and life to our soul. It makes us worthy of being God’s children. Furthermore, it prepares our soul for Eternal life. Receiving the ‘Body of Christ’ in complete Faith and Humility, grants us the pardon of all our sins and punishment due for our sins- purgatory. The ‘Holy Eucharist’ earnestly urges to walk our life in the direction of God. The ‘Body of Christ’ reconciles us with God. It preserves our life and soul. Also, it heals the brokenness of our sinful self and renews our spirit in God. The ‘Holy Eucharist’ grants us the Grace of love to live in the love of God.

Is the presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist- real?

The sacramental bread is made out of only four ingredients: fine (white) wheat flour, pure water, yeast, and salt.
 
During the consecration when the bread is blessed by the Priest, it appears as if nothing really happened. In truth, God’s love transforms the earthly nature of the bread into Divine nature of Christ (“this is my Body…this is my Blood…”). That which is perishable passes away- that which is Divine, lives- now. The appearance of the bread remains the same.
 
At wedding in Cana- Jesus’s words transformed the mere substance of the water into wine. Jesus Christ, Himself is the ‘word incarnate’. HIS words are spirit and Life. At the last supper, when Jesus (the word incarnate; the living Truth; the Life) blessed the bread, saying: “this is my Body…” In truth, at that very instant HE gave the totality of HIS self to us in the form of the bread. In the manner, God’s word became flesh; likewise, Jesus’s words- “this is my Body…” turned into a living presence of Himself- this is God’s gift of love for us.
 
For in the manner, Christ’s humanity was visible to us 2000 years ago, but HIS Divinity was invisible. Likewise, HIS humanity is visible now, in the form of bread; but HIS Divinity( HIS Divine flesh) remains hidden from our mortal eyes- because of our lack of faith.( At Emmaus, Jesus opened the eyes of faith of his slow-to-believe disciples- and they were able to recognize him). Only when God opens our eyes to see HIS Divinity (HIS Divine flesh) - only then, we’ll see and understand the truth of HIS words- “this is my Body…”
 
 
I’ll like to cite three Eucharistic miracles to enliven your faith in the living presence of Jesus in the ‘Most Holy Eucharist’.

Eucharistic miracle of Siena:
At Cascia, in the basilica dedicated to St. Rita, is preserved the relic of the Eucharistic Miracle, which happened near Siena in 1330. A priest was asked to bring Communion to a sick peasant. The priest took the consecrated Host and irreverently placed it in the pages of his breviary and went to the peasant. After hearing the confession of the sick man, he opened the book to take out the Host- to his great surprise, he found that the Host was stained with the living blood. The priest, confused and penitent, went immediately to Siena to the Augustinian Priory to ask the counsel of Fr. Simone Fidati of Cascia, known by all to be a holy man. Fr. Fidati, having heard the story, granted pardon to the priest and asked to keep the two pages marked by the Blood. Many Popes have promoted veneration, conceding indulgences.
 

Eucharistic miracle of St. Peter Damian:
St. Peter Damian (Doctor of the Church) recounts an important Eucharistic miracle, of which he was the direct witness. It took place in the year 1050. A woman, urged by an evil temptation, was about to take the Eucharistic Bread home, to use the Sacred Species for sorcery. But the priest noticed what she had done and ran after her, and recovered the Host which she had sacrilegiously stolen. When he unfolded the white linen cloth in which the sacred Host had been wrapped, he found that the Host had been transformed in such a way that half of it had become visibly the Body of Christ, while the other half preserved the normal look of a Host. With such a clear testimony, God wanted to win over the unbelievers and the heretics who refused to accept the real presence of the Eucharistic mystery: in one half of the consecrated bread the Body of Christ was visible, while in the other half, the natural form- thus highlighting the reality of the sacramental transubstantiation taking place at the Consecration.
 

The Miracle of Lanciano:
One day in the eighth century, in the church dedicated to Saints Legontian and Domitian in Lanciano, a Basilian monk was celebrating the Holy Mass in the Latin rite, with a host of unleavened bread. The monk started doubting the real and substantial presence of the Flesh and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the consecrated Holy Species. After having pronounced the words of Consecration (“This is My Body... This is My Blood”), as Jesus had taught it to His Apostles, the monk saw the host change into a living piece of Flesh, and the wine change into real blood, which thereupon coagulated and split into five globules, irregular and differing in shape and size. Over the last twelve centuries, different Bishops of the diocese of Lanciano made authentifications of the holy relics. All testified that these facts were miraculous and true.
 
In 1970-71, and taken up again partly in 1981, there took place a scientific investigation by the most illustrious scientist Prof. Odoardo Linoli, eminent Professor in Anatomy and Pathological Histology and in Chemistry and Clinical Microscopy. He was assisted by Prof. Ruggero Bertelli of the University of Siena. The analysis were conducted with absolute and unquestionable scientific precision, and they were documented with a ngseries of microscopic photographs.
 
 These analysis sustained the following conclusions:
The Flesh is real flesh. The Blood is real Blood. The Flesh and the Blood belong to the human species. The Flesh consists of the muscular tissue of the heart. In the Flesh, we see present in a section: the myocardium, the endocardium, the vagus nerve and also the left ventricle of the heart, for the large thickness of the myocardium. The Flesh and the Blood have the same blood type: AB (The blood-type identical to that which Prof. Baima Bollone uncovered in the Holy Shroud of Turin). In the Blood there were found proteins in the same normal proportions (percentage-wise) as are found in the sero-proteic make-up of fresh normal blood. In the Blood there were also found these minerals: chlorides, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, sodium and calcium. The preservation of the Flesh and Blood, which were left in their natural state for twelve centuries and exposed to the action of atmospheric and biological agents, remains an extraordinary phenomenon.
 
 
 

Preparing our heart to receive the ‘Body of Christ’:

We must enter the Church with Faith and Humility. Being aware of the weakness of our faith; sinfulness of our being, we must humbly acknowledge ourselves before God. As Zacchaeus was eager to meet Jesus- we must be eager to meet God with all our heart.
 
We must be in a state of Grace, to receive the ‘Holy Eucharist’- if we have committed a mortal sin, then we must confess that sin to a Priest and seek pardon from God. If we have ill feelings (anger; grudge; jealousy) in our heart against anyone, we must first reconcile with that person and then approach the altar of God. No one should receive the Lord’s Body unworthily.
 
Our attire should not be disrespectful of the presence of God- we must observe modesty and decency in our attire. It will be much helpful to prepare ourselves spiritually before attending the Holy Mass. We must always come early for the Holy Mass. To derive spiritual benefits from the Holy Mass, we must take active participation- be present with our whole self in the Holy Mass- keep distractions away. 
 
The Holy Mass is a celebration of Mount Calvary; it is a loving sacrifice of Jesus Christ for our salvation- be grateful to God for redeeming us; remember to thank God for all the good things HE has done in our life; pray for our beloved ones; remember to offer our prayers for the deceased family members. Furthermore, pray for the Grace to grow and stay united in the love of God.
 
 

Summary:
In the beginning, Jesus Christ condescended into human form and now HE condescends and presents to us in the form of simple bread. This act of greatest humility and greatest love, HE performs for love of us- we should be mindful of this truth and be grateful to God for HIS loving gift. When receiving the ‘Holy Eucharist’, we must approach God, with the faith of the ‘centurion’; humility of the ‘tax collector’ and eagerness of ‘Zacchaeus’.
 
 

(References: Eucharistic Miracles from around the World.)

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Palm Sunday' 2017

The picture depicts the welcome of Jesus and the gradual transition of Passion into HIS Glory.
Palm Sunday' 2017








The picture depicts the welcome of Jesus and the gradual transition of Passion into HIS Glory.


1. The background colours shows Christ's Passion transitioning towards HIS Glory.

2. Further, we see the background covered with hearts progressing towards the cross---> For our salvation, Christ willingly and lovingly progresses towards HIS crucifixion.

3. Green and Red Palm leaves----> Among those who acclaimed Jesus were the ones who accused HIM in their hearts and led HIM to crucifixion.

4. Red cross denotes HIS sufferings; Jesus Christ, the source of Life---> they crucified the one, who came to give them Eternal life.

May Jesus Christ, the Paschal Lamb, take away all our sins and Bless us to live a Holy Christian Life in HIM. 

Have a Blessed Holy week !!!

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Christ is Triumphant

We all have done shameful and guilty things, for which we feel remorse and regret in our heart.

Verily, Christian life is not meant to be bogged down with guilt feelings.

Christian life is  resilient1- for Christ is Triumphant2.









1. When we fall into sin- in our faith in Christ, we must rise again. For in Christ alone, we overcome our sins and the world within us.

2. Victorious over sin and death- HE has conquered the world.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Signature of Christ

Christ is Love. Love is the signature of Christ.

Likewise, our Christian life be signed with the  'Love of Christ'.

Let the 'Love of Christ' become an integral part of our Christian life.

Let every deed of our daily living exude the fragrance of Christ's love- to inspire and edify the unbelieving hearts.




Does your life bear the mark of Christ's love?

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

The Beauty of the Cross

Those who seek the world- the world offers comfortable life- a life without the fear of God; a life without shame for sin; a life without repentance for sin.

Those who seek Christ- they receive the Grace to live a 'life of Love' in this world and they receive the Cross1.
But the beauty of the Cross is- though the Faithful live in the furnace of suffering, nevertheless they  exhibit the Peace2 and Happiness- a calmness in their soul.  God grants HIS children the Grace to bear the burden and sufferings in this world- patiently and with persevering Faith in HIM.


The world3 is thrown in amazement  and stupefied by the life of Faithful Christians.








1. The difficulties and sufferings.

2. Just like Daniel and his companions remained unharmed and at Peace in the heart of the fiery furnace- ordered by King Nebuchadnezzar.

3. Nebuchadnezzar- a prototype of the world.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

God is Life

Where HE is1- there everything is alive2.








1. Where HE is Revered and Faithfully lived.

2. Spiritually alive, Morally alive- Our Heart; Our Soul;  Our Life; Our Family; Our Community; Our Nation.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Yoked with Christ

We feel the burden and difficulties of life, heavy and unbearable- because our life is not faithfully yoked with Christ.

Living our life by the standards of the world- life becomes burdensome and more complicated.

Life becomes simple, worthy and bearable by the standards of Christ- for HE who is Faithful is with us- always !

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Watch and Pray

Am I living a  life of Love1?
Is my life directing people2 to believe in God?
Do I live as God's witness3 at all times?




1. Christ's Love- be Loving; be Kind; be Forgiving; be Merciful; be Gentle; be Understanding; be Patient; be Persevering; be Hopeful.

2. Helping those who are unbelieving; those of weak faith.

3. Be a edifying inspiration of God's Love to those around us- that God's name be revered by all.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

An act of Faith

God, I believe in YOU- all my life is YOU.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Jesus Christ: the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Jesus Christ is the 'Humble way' that passes through trials and tribulations of life- and endures it triumphantly- to Eternal Glory.

HE is the 'invincible Truth' which sets us free from every kind of bondage to sin and slavery to evil life.

HE is the 'Everlasting Life' which  makes our life fruitful and alive- and leads us to Eternal Life. 

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Choose Life

There is a way1 which leads to death- satan makes haste on this  way.
He always makes haste with all those who believe less2 in God's Mercy and those who want to make an end of their life.

Path which leads to life is- Jesus Christ.

Choose life.

Pray3 and hold fast onto God's love.




1. Unbelief in God; lack of trust in God's Mercy. Unbelief  is darkness. In darkness, there is no light; there is no God- there is no life. It leads to spiritual death.

2. Judas Iscariot trusted less in God's Mercy and Forgiveness- and was lost to perdition.

3. Peter; Tobit and Sarah- they prayed- they didn't allow themselves to be overcome by frustration and depression of life- and were healed by God's Faithful Love and  Infinite Mercy.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Reformed youth

Be a revised1 edition of your Parents.







1. Beware of their bad habits; bad attitudes; bad behavior.
  Be mindful of their good habits and improve on their good habits.
  Most important of all- improve on their faith-in-God.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Lent is for Life



We live a fast life in this fast changing world. we are so busy in our little world- we hardly have any time for God- to talk with HIM; to listen to HIM - to reflect1 on our life and to amend our wrong ways.

Lent is a special period, which the Church dedicates for reflection and repentance of our life- the church entreats every faithful to moderate their life and spent some time with God. Lent invites us to introspect our life - our wrong attitudes; our wrong ways of life and to reconcile with God.

Lent is for acknowledging our sins with all humility ( just like St. Peter-"I am a sinful man.." [Luke5:8]).
Lent is for trusting in God's infinite Mercy and seeking HIS forgiveness for all our sins.
Lent is a time for believing and revering our Lord's life, death and resurrection- for our salvation.
Lent is for revering our Lord's suffering- and uniting our pains; our difficulties and sufferings with HIS suffering- for united with HIS suffering, HE grants us the grace to patiently bear our sufferings in this world.
Lent is for loving2; for forgiving; for deeds of Charity and Mercy.
Lent is for resolving ourselves to do something beautiful with our life- for God.

Our Lord came into this world, for us; HE lived for us; HE suffered for us and HE died for us- for our salvation. Lent encourages us to acknowledge this truth with all our heart and life and entreats us to resolutely determine ourselves to live for HIM and in HIM.

God loves a cheerful3 giver. Whatever each one has decided to do4 during this lenten period- it must be done cheerfully- without any reluctance or compulsion- for love of God and for the salvation of our soul.

Lent is for life. And our life in this world is short- too short, for all the 'Lents' in our entire lifetime, to bring us to repentance.


1. where is my life heading? How is my Faith relationship with God?
2. loving our neighbor; our family; our community.
3. Zacchaeus is a very good example of a cheerful repentant.
4. either fasting; abstinence; alms-giving; charity to the poor etc.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Divine Healing

Faith united with Humility brings God's healing.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Good with God

Let the Faith in your heart; the Joy in your heart and the sincerity of your life, manifest your good relationship with God, throughout your life.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Our life on Earth

Our life on earth is preparation1 for Heaven.








1. Living a civilly and morally responsible life- giving to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and giving to God what belongs to God.
Nurturing Family in good faith in God. And doing deeds of Mercy and Charity.

Friday, 17 February 2017

The Art of Loving

Love through Forgiveness1.








1. Forgiveness opens our heart to God's Love and God's healing.

Love grows more through Forgiveness. The more we forgive, the more our Love advance towards God and towards our 'neighbor'.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

A True Boyfriend

Girls and young women often get deceived by their boyfriends, just because they do not understand what a true boyfriend is like. A true boyfriend will respect your body. He is considerate of your feelings. He won't take undue advantage of your weakness or circumstances. He won't trade Love and Friendship with carnal desire. He has pure feelings about you. He is driven only by Love. He'll Love you single-heartedly. He is satisfied with your presence and your true friendship. His moral integrity is impeccable.
     you can assuredly continue your relationship with such a person and even go further to choose him as your soul mate.

     And furthermore, if such a boyfriend is a God-fearing person, then you can rejoice and Thank God for having found the Modern " Tobias "-  Tobias was the son of Tobit. He was a man of integrity. His prayer: " And so I take my wife not for any lustful motive, but I do it in singleness of heart." [Tobit 8:7 ] - reflects his sound morality.
     Such a person will always remain true to your heart and will never defile your marriage bed. Most of the men fail to inculcate in them the uprightness of Tobias.
 
    In a word, a True boyfriend will always guard Friendship with a bond of Love.

Valentine's day

   A day to celebrate Love and Friendship.

   Love that respects God and human being.

   A friendship that understands human frailty and strives to live by purity.

   Love and Friendship that grows in union with God.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Human progress?

Men and Women have explored frontiers and have  progressed1 significantly  in many different fields- but less appreciably in being good husband/wife and Parents- much less a child of God.









1. our true progress is- growing in the love of God.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Do you Love or lust?

In the moments of intimacy, Love virtuously obeys the grace of Chastity to quench the fire of concupiscence.

Lust masquerades as 'True Love' and makes haste to do what is displeasing in the sight of God.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

A True Christian

A true Christian is like a  fruitful1 tree- blooming with the goodness of every virtue.








1. He is fruitful because his life is planted and deeply rooted in Jesus Christ- the source of living water.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Love is waiting to restore you.

I have squandered...
I have defiled...
I have wasted years in vanity and faithless living.


Belatedly, I have Come to know you- more I shall love you, now.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Eternal Life is calling you

In this world of bad Faith, everything that we see, hear and follow is the voice of vanity.

One voice is unheard; unbelieved and ignored- the voice of Humility- the voice of Jesus Christ.




Eternal life is calling you. Take heed!!!

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Schism

Those who love God, do not cause schism in the Church- but, those who fail to understand God's words.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Christ

If you don't believe in Christ crucified- you'll have no reverence for Christ resurrected.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

The Kingdom values

Our life is an assignment in Faith; Hope; Love and every other virtue.
Living our life according to the 'kingdom values'1 makes us worthy of God's Eternal kingdom.









1. Faith; Hope in God ( to wait upon God); Humility; love; Charity; Gentleness; Kindness; to be Merciful; to be Forgiving; Contrite; Sacrificing; Generosity; Patience; Understanding; Compassion; Perseverance;  Purity; Moderation.

Choose the one which your heart inclines to and your life needs the most- make 'kingdom values' the driving force of your life.

Saint's lives were characterized by the 'kingdom values'.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Human misery

The fact of human misery is- we fail to live daily in the love1 of Christ.

In the hardship and desperation of day-to-day life, we even become completely oblivious of Christ- the way of our life.







1. 'love', that assures us of God's presence in our life- gives strength and peace to our weary and troubled heart.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Humility vs Pride

In Humility, we see our sinfulness- in Pride, we see our Saintliness.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Christmas Crib' 2016

 



I have created this crib on the theme: "I am the Resurrection and the Life."


I have shown the birth of our Lord Jesus in the tomb, signifying HIS dual nature- "I am the resurrection and the life." A further attempt is made in showing HIS second coming- "Christ has died; Christ is risen, Christ will come again." 
 
Life is resurrected- life is born.
 
Each element of the crib has a deeper meaning. Therefore, I request you to read the description of the crib as you admire its spiritual beauty.

Christmas Theme: I am the Resurrection and the Life.

  1. The tomb: The tomb is shown in white, signifying HIS divinity; His resurrection and HIS humble birth- here, the victorious Christ is resurrected to new life. Furthermore, I have shown HIS birth in the tomb signifying HIS second coming at the end of time. ("Christ has died; Christ is risen, Christ will come again.")
  2. Heart and the Star:  Christ( the love of God) is born to give new life to the world. Star- the symbol of HIS birth. The green color is symbolic of new life; peace; something that is alive; something that is growing. Furthermore, the green color alludes to green wood- symbolic of Christ' innocence- ("For if people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?") [ Luke23:31 ]
  3. Tombstone: The tombstone is symbolic of the world-  putting an end to the 'love of Christ'- but, Love conquers all; defeats death and sin- breaks open every barrier.
  4. Palm leaves: 2000 years ago, people welcomed Christ as a Prophet- in present age, people are gradually coming to believe in HIM and accept HIM as the 'Messiah'. Palm leaf symbolizes welcome; rejoicing. ("Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!") [ Luke 19:38] [Mat 23:39]
  5. Vine offshoot: The vine sprig sprouting from the tomb is symbolic of Christ- the source of life- giving new life to the world. ("I am the vine; you are the branches.) [ John 15:5 ]. Christ is the vine in whom our life should be deeply rooted. 

Our Faith ( in resurrected Christ)  begins here (in the tomb)-  "And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith." [ 1Corinthians 15:14 ]

Sunday, 1 January 2017

New year



In the ways of the world, new year is for new plans; new resolutions; new undertakings etc.
In the ways of God- new year is for beginning new life in God and yet another year of preparation( for Eternal Kingdom) for those who are nearing their end of life.

What resolutions do we make?
what resolutions can we promise?

St. Augustine beautifully describes the truth of human nature in his prayer:

"our life groans under sorrow, yet mends not in deed.
If Thou spare us we correct not our ways- if Thou punish we cannot endure it.
In time of correction we confess our wrong-doing- after Thy visitation we forget that we have wept.
If Thou stretchest forth Thy hand we promise amendment- if Thou witholdest the sword we keep not our promise.
If Thou strikest we cry out for mercy- if Thou sparest we again provoke Thee to strike."

Today' picture of Christian life is- Married relationships are falling apart; relationship between husband and wife lacks love and affection;  Faith in God has grown weak- is not strong enough to endure the hardships of changing times.

In view of our life in this transient world, the only resolution we ought to keep is- our steadfast faith in Christ our Lord. The more we grow stronger in our faith relationship with God- the more it will conquer the world( unbelief; hate; malice; envy; anger etc.) that is within us- God's everlasting Peace will take hold of our life; our relationships.

Have a Blessed and Fruitful year in God !!!