“Tear down this wall!”
– Words of Ronald Reagan, President of the USA at a challenging speech, for the reunification of East and West Germany.
>> A historic period in the Life of Germany.
For twenty-eight years, a wall had separated East and West Germany…
>> But finally on November 1989, the wall came down…THE BERLIN WALL!
It was a new beginning… a fresh start…a bright onset!
“Tear down the Walls”… is the cry that emerges from today’s Gospel as well!
>> A new beginning is sought… a fresh start is expected…a bright onset is welcomed!
The Liturgy of the Readings, from today, helps us to tread the path of Jesus with a new companion…
>> All these days, we were travelling the Way of Jesus, with St Matthew…
… today onwards, we travel with the Gospel of St Luke.
The Gospel of the Day from Luke 4:16-30 is a dramatic one….
>> With different actions and expressions of Jesus…
… and thus, some lessons, that we can take for our life.
1. The Entry of Jesus into the Synagogue.
Do I allow the Lord into my life and do I welcome Him?
2. The Rising of Jesus to read
Do I enthrone the Lord in my activities and allow Him to be in charge of my works and deeds?
3. The Unscrolling of the book
Do I open my heart to the Lord and be totally open to His Word in my life?
4. The Reading of the Passage
Do I listen to God’s words and be attentive to the various inspirations and insights He renders me?
5. The Rolling up of the Scroll
Do I preserve the Word of God deep in my heart and ponder over it, in the light of my life experiences?
6. The Announcement of Jesus
Do I let the Lord to govern in my life by the power of His revelation and give heed to His exhortations?
7. The Rejection of Jesus
Do I sometimes, fail to understand the Power of the Lord and instead reject and seek to eliminate Him from my life?
These dramatic and significant actions of the Lord left the people in the synagogue with a Great Challenge: “To tear down the walls!”
Tear down the walls…
… which failed to bring good news to the Poor and liberty to the captives!
… which were preventing to give freedom to the oppressed and sight to the blind!
… which blocked the passage to access to God’s Mercy and Redemption!
…which kept away the Gentiles from receiving the rights and privileges of the saved people!
The dramatic and significant actions of the Lord present before each one of us also with a Great Challenge: “To tear down the walls!”
Tear down the walls…
… of Sin: that divide the relationship between God and me!
… of Hatred: that divide the members of the society and of a community!
… of Unforgiveness: that divide the relationship between my fellow beings and me!
…of Discrimination: that divides human beings on the basis of colour, caste and race!
… of Immorality: that divides the interior being of a person and leaves one discontented!
… of Indifference: that divides the world with a sense of hopelessness and lack of emp… of Indifference: that divides the world with a sense of hopelessness and lack of empathy!
Building of walls is sometimes…
… a natural offshoot of our egoistic minds and sinful pride …
… a likely possibility of our individualistic tendencies…
>> But with the Grace of God combined with our efforts…
… we can pursue every attempt to “Tear down these Walls”!
We need a new beginning
… a fresh start
…a bright onset
Let us not Reject the Lord..
>> Rather let us permit Him to Enter… to Rise… to Unscroll… to Read… to Roll… and to Announce His Gospel in our Lives!
Let us allow the Lord to take possession of our lives…
… and in the process, “Tear Down many Walls”!
God Bless! Live Jesus!
Quotable-quote-a-day-with-St Francis de Sales (SFS) – “The many troubles in your household will tend to your edification, if you strive to bear them all in gentleness, patience, and kindness.
>> Offer up all such occasions to Him, and if sometimes you are put out, and give way to impatience…
… do not be discouraged, but make haste to regain your lost composure!”