It was the 19th century British essayist Mr. Charles Lamb and his wife Mary who moved the 17th century playwright William Shakespeare from his undeserved obscurity to the limelight of fame.
>> The two selected 20 of Shakespeare’s best-known plays and set out to make them accessible to children and to pay enthusiastic homage to the original works.
Together the Lambs distilled the powerful themes and unforgettable characterizations of Shakespeare’s plays into elegant narratives–classic tales in their own right.
All of the Lambs’ stories…
… with their clear, supple, and rhythmic prose
… reward any reader, whether encountering Shakespeare for the first time or revisiting his work.
This Charles Lamb was once involved in a discussion of the question:
“Who is the greatest literary genius of all time?”
Two names finally emerged: William Shakespeare and Jesus of Nazareth.
Charles Lamb put an end to the debate when he said:
“I’ll tell you the difference between these two men.
If Shakespeare walked into this room right now, we would all rise to greet him…
>> But if Jesus Christ came in, we would all fall down and worship Him!”
The greatness of men may make us rise in respect…
>> The greatness of Jesus would compel us to kneel in worship and adoration!
“Let’s talk about Jesus” is a popular English hymn.
Today, for our reflection, let us talk about Jesus…the most influential person ever, in history!
The Gospel of the day reveals the immensely charismatic personality of Jesus.
Jesus came to His own country (Mk 6:1).
On the Sabbath Day, Jesus began to teach in the synagogue…
….and many who heard Him were astonished! (Mk 6:2a)
The popularity and the fame of Jesus was on the rise…
>> He had healed many who were with various sicknesses and diseases.
>> He had cast out demons from many who were possessed and under bondages.
Jesus became a sought-after person…
… an attraction for many people!
>> His tremendous passion for the missions was admiring…
>> His spectacular urge to preach the Kingdom of God was amazing…
This unfazed commitment to the mission, caused feelings of astonishment!
>> And so the people began to question…
“Where did this man get all this?
What kind of wisdom has been given Him?
What mighty deeds are wrought by His Hand?” (Mk 6:2b)
The mighty charismatic personality of Jesus caused a dual effect…
… one positive and one negative
… one supportive and one obstructive
We need to examine our life and check:
“What is the effect that Jesus has on our life?”
>> Are we persons who are supportive of the plans of God in our life…
… or do we obstruct the workings of the Lord, especially when we don’t understand His ways?
>> Are we persons who are grateful to the Lord for His mighty works in us…
… or are we able to see only at the negativities of life and end up criticizing God?
As Christians, we are people who have said “Yes” to follow ‘this’ Jesus…
… He who wants us to follow Him in healing the world
… He wishes us to become agents of casting out demons and unclean spirits
… He who waits on us to preach and teach the Kingdom of God to all people anywhere
To be like Jesus, we need to imitate Him, not just in works… but above all in His Being!
… Totally committed to a life of prayer and union with God (Mk 1:35)
… Passionately zealous for the salvation of people (Mk 1: 32-33)
… Absolutely focused on the needs of the Kingdom of God (Mk 1:38)
>> Do I have my prayer life and communion with the Lord as the greatest thrust and push in all my activities, undertakings and ministries?
>> Do I have a deep desire and commitment to bring God’s love to all people and be passionate to share Him to all others?
>> Do I remain undistracted in the midst of all worldly attractions and forego personal pleasures by remaining focused on His Kingdom alone?
Jesus, while in this world….
… was misunderstood…. was contradicted… was criticized
>> While in the world, as Christians, we will also have to face a lot of oppositions, criticism and even persecutions…
…. Our own world may be filled with shattered hopes, unfulfilled dreams, meaningless miseries etc
But the Lord assures that I AM “the One who heals the broken-hearted”. (Ps 146:1)
>> Let us be filled with the power and spirit of Jesus, “the One whom we ought to preach by our lives” (1 Cor 9:16)
H. G. Wells, a prolific English writer, summed up the difference between Jesus and others:
“Christ,” he wrote, “is the most unique person of history.
No man can write a history of the human race without giving first and foremost place to the penniless teacher of Nazareth.
>> From poverty and obscurity to teacher to death on the cross, to ascended Lord – Jesus Christ is the growing figure of history.
He is unique – for while all others decrease, He increases!”
As we thank the Lord for the First Month of the New Year, and offer this New Month of February, into His Mighty Hands, may the Lord have a positive and lasting effect on our life…
… and may we discover and be convinced of Jesus, to be the greatest in our lives.
Shall we fall in deep adoration, ardent worship and fervent submission to Him, so that we can become agents of Him, who transforms the world continually?
>>> Let us not have the woe of not preaching the Gospel! (1 Cor 9:16)
>> Let us share the blessings of the Gospel! (1 Cor 9:23)
> Let us become all things to all! (1 Cor 9:22)
God Bless! Live Jesus!