HUMAN GODS

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I am not going for a controversy, I am not going to write anything about incarnations either. Recently, I happened to hear some people who consider themselves as super-human, or who assumes themselves of having some super power. They may produce something from the air. They may show some miracles, or they may vanish and appear all on a sudden. We may see lots of devotees with them, we may wonder about the followers that they have.

Some of them are doing charities, some of them have hospitals, schools, or other charitable organizations. They may be preaching about love, kindness, mercy and service. Some are doing philanthropic activities and some do services to the man kind. But are they real gods

I don’t think so. It is true that, they are philanthropists and they are admired and respected. But, I believe in only one God; that is on the unseen power that guides us and protects us. There is the power that revolves our earth. the power that gives us both sorrows and happiness, there is the power that consoles us and shields us from dangers. It is the God; not the super power. A true believer can be a philanthropist, he can serve the community, he can love the world and the society, he can live peacefully without the embrace of the human gods.

My son happened to see a photo of one human being who is worshiped by a lot, that person’s followers, adorn his/ her path with flowers and lighten the lamps under his/ her feet. He asked me, mother, how could a human being bless other human beings like gods do? What is his/ her power? I told him, if we should have firm belief on God, we won’t need such human gods, we should find solace only in God;we don’t want to follow these human gods.

They should be respected for their philanthropy, but not worshiped. They are only human beings like each one of us, they may have more knowledge, for that they should be admired, but not worshiped.

NATIVITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

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Yesterday, September 8 was the birthday of Blessed Virgin Mary. There is no remark on the Scriptures about the birthday of Blessed Virgin Mary, but Catholics celebrate September 8 as the nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary. Mostly the feast of Saints are celebrated on the date of their death, but Virgin Mary is born without sin, so the birthday also is celebrated. Many Catholics are on lent from September 1 to 7, they go to Church, say Rosary and spend the time on prayer and repentance. There is a strong belief that, Mary will stand as the mediator for our prayers.

Born to the parents, Saint Anne and Saint Joachim, Mary spent her time in prayers and services. When the Angel Gabriel visited her with the news of becoming the mother of the Son of God, she was firm and courageous. Even though, her marriage was fixed with Joseph, she was not worried and never questioned. She surrendered her will to the Will of God, Gabriel had promised that, “God is with you” and Mary was strong all through her life that she believed that “God is with me”, never hesitated, never doubted and never complained, she was always there behind her son, the Lord Jesus.

For the birth of God’s son, she had to travel a lot and she got only the cow-shed, no help from anybody, only the care of her husband. But, she never questioned, why God’s son is born in a cow-shed, she understood that, it is the will of God. Again, both Joseph and Mary had to flee to save Infant Jesus from the attack of Herod. When she lost Jesus at the age of 12 in a church, she never doubted that ‘ is this really God’s son’. She kept silence all the time and spent her time in prayer.

As a mother, she was never possessive to keep her dear son with her. When Jesus was on His mission, she was never worried about His security and she was never anxious. At last Mary had to witness the death of her innocent son on cross. Then also she never thought that, why God’s son had to meet such a pathetic death’, why he could not escape from the cross?’ She believed in the word of God or she believed in what the Angel Gabriel had said, ” God is with You”. She was full of Grace, so she could tolerate all these. She was selected by God to lead the way for the people. Her life is her way, that is Surrendering her will to the Will of God. So God rewarded her, her son was resurrected, she is now respected as the Mother of the Whole World. 

Let us pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary to save us, to save our kids, to save the world. She will be there with us with the blessings of God.

EASTER

 

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Happy Easter to all. Tomorrow is the day, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ after Crucifixion.  Both the birth and resurrection of Jesus is celebrated by all. Easter is the day, that brings new hope to all. Jesus is the only God resurrected from death. Life after death is the message of Easter.

Christians are on 50 days lent before Easter. It is the biggest festival that the Christians celebrate with respect, faith and fear to God. All through the lent, the life of Christ is remembered; what he had done for the human beings, what he had preached and taught and what he had tolerated for our sins.

Easter brings the message of hope and confidence. It comes after the Good Friday, on which the death of Jesus is remembered. How can a God rescue his followers, if he himself dies like an ordinary human being. But, Jesus has shown us that, there is hope after death. He has promised his presence, protection and care  with his followers all through their lives.

Look at Jesus’ disciples, what they had done when their leader was accused and convicted? They fled from the place, where were those, who had seen and experienced his miracles? All had gone, they all might have thought of seeing another miracle, or they might have feared their leaders. All were sad, because they had lost their leader.

Now also, while we go through the ceremonies of Good Friday, we all experience a sad felling. The memory of the cruelties that Jesus had experienced bring a feeling of sympathy in our mind. But, two days after, there is Resurrection. Jesus had defeated death, brought new hope and life in the lives of his disciples. People who fled on Good Friday, gathered to  see their leader. They never feared anybody, they got the courage to preach what Jesus had taught them. They got the confidence to face any challenge, they stood for their dear leader, they could now do what their leader had done.

Similarly, Easter gives the message of new hope in our lives too. We too can expect a crown after the cross. We all may have to suffer because of so many reasons, there, we can expect the reward, consolation, presence and protection of our resurrected Lord. That  hope  will guide us all through our life. EVERY GOOD FRIDAY HAS AN EASTER.

While wishing all Happy Easter and while giving Easter Gifts and Easter Eggs to all, let us convey the message of Hope with that.

MAUNDY THURSDAY,THE LAST SUPPER

 

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World around the Christians today, remember, experience and proclaim the value of love through service and obedience. It is the remembrance of the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with his disciples.

Maundy Thursday teaches the vital principles of life, that are, love, service and forgiveness. Jesus has shown these qualities with his life. He loved his disciples, he was with them when they are in danger, he cared and protected them. In the Last Supper, he washed and kissed the legs of his disciples, to show his love and affection towards them. He was trying to teach them the primary lessons that, service should be with love. Most of us are ready to do anything to our beloved ones, but we expect a return act as gratitude. But, Jesus has shown us that, our services should not request anything in return. It should be genuine and sincere, simply out of love. That is the real way of love.  One who can serve with love, surely won’t get tired of doing it, he can find an enthusiasm and celestial happiness in his service.

The leader should be like a servant, that is the message Jesus conveyed through his action. He should be ready to do, tolerate and accept anything for his followers. Such a leader will earn respect and admiration from all.

Forgiveness is the virtue that we all must practice. Where there is forgiveness, there won’t be quarrels.  Jesus forgave the sins of many in his life, especially, that of Judas the betrayer. The real leader with love only can forgive and forget the mistakes that he had experienced. If we are able to forgive and forget the simple mistakes from our dear friends and relatives, there won’t be any quarrel. How peaceful will it be!

The real follower of Jesus should, love all unconditionally, respect each individual, be ready to do any service to anybody, be ready to forgive and forget.