Altruism is the principle or practice of concern for the welfare of others.
>> Altruism is selflessness – the opposite of selfishness.
It consists of sacrificing something for someone with no expectation of any compensation or benefits, either direct or indirect.
The Gospel of the Day presents the Altruistic Ideal – Jesus – engaged in number of works…
… of healing
… of rebuking the evil spirits
… of bringing consolation and joy to the people.
In Luke 4:18, Jesus announced His Mission Programme of “…bringing good news to the poor, liberty to the captives, new sight to the blind, freedom to the oppressed…”
In accordance with this manifesto, Jesus sets forward to announce the Kingdom of God through His mighty deeds and works.
The Lord unveils the Compassionate Face of the Father and reveals His Benevolent Heart to the needy and the deprived.
He cures Simon’s mother-in-law of her fever and restores her to good health and wellbeing…(Lk 4:39)
>> Am I today in need of a touch of the Lord…
… which casts away forces that makes weak and fragile?
… which takes away the fever of tiredness and fatigue of spiritual life?
… which restores me back in serving and assisting others in my life?
At sunset, He laid His hands on many with sicknesses and diseases and cured them all… (Lk 4:40)
>> In the sunset of darkness and pain in my life…
…. Do I go to the Lord to receive the Light of Hope and Healing?
>> In the sunset of emptiness in my spiritual life…
… Do I go to the Lord to receive the Light of Faith and Revival?
>> In the sunset of frustrations and despair…
… Do I go to the Lord to receive the Light of Encouragement and Support?
>> In the sunset of sadness and lukewarmness…
… Do I go to the Lord to receive the Light of Joy and Revitalization?
He also rebuked many demons and commanded them to let go of many possessed people… (Lk 4: 41)
>> Am I tormented by the demons of evil forces and satanic powers….. ?
… The power of the Lord is here to deliver!
>> Am I tormented by the demons of bad, unhealthy addictions…?
… The power of the Lord is here to overcome!
>> Am I tormented by the demons of filthy words and dirty thoughts…?
… The power of the Lord is here to liberate!
>> Am I tormented by the demons of peer pressure and societal strains…?
… The power of the Lord is here to set free!
The Lord at the end of today’s Gospel passage expresses His intentions of going to other towns to preach the good news of the Kingdom of God!
The zeal and enthusiasm of the Lord to reach out the Gospel to many others is really amazing….
Do I imitate the Lord…
…. in being zealous to reach out God’s goodness and kindness to many other people?
… in being fervent to let ignorant people to know the saving message of the Gospel?
The Gospel of the Day invites us to take note of the Altruistic Spirit of Jesus…
The Altruism of Jesus challenges us…
…. to reach out to many sick and suffering and troubled and weak-hearted and afflicted people with the Love and Compassion and Healing and Mercy of the Lord!
… to go beyond our zones of comfort and help the lonely and the depressed and the unwanted and the rejected and the discriminated with the Acceptance and Restoration of the Lord!
Jesus was possessed by a deep love of His Father…
>> It made Him to be Altruistic in reaching out to others.
Jesus was filled with a deep fervour for the Kingdom…
>> It made Him to be Altruistic in saving and healing others.
Today, You and I, are invited and challenged to imitate and follow Jesus, the Ideal Altruist!
Let us show forth that we are Children of our Heavenly Father and soldiers of the Kingdom of God, not only through our words…
… but much more by our Altruistic words and deeds and actions.
September 5th is Teacher’s Day in India.
Teachers – through their altruistic life – mould and shape a child to make him/her a beautiful person with a noble character!
>> Teachers inspire change.
>> Teachers motivate transformation.
>> Teachers stir up conversion!
Today the Greatest of all Teachers – Jesus: the Perfect Model of True Altruism – challenges and exhorts each one of us to adopt and adapt…
… a Transformed way of Living
… a Changed Lifestyle
… a Converted Life!
>> And allow Him to reign over every situation of our life!
Today is also the Feast day of Saint Mother Teresa of Kolkata, a fervent example of altruism
Let us seek her intercession…
… and be inspired by her love and life, that we may truly see – and like her – bring the Powerful Presence of God in every situation of our society.
Let us grow in selfless deeds and noble tasks and self-sacrificing actions!
God Bless! Live Jesus!