REFLECTION CAPSULE – Aug 04, 2021: Wednesday

“Seeking the intercession of St John Maria Vianney, and placing our trust in the Power of God!”

(Based on Num 13:1-2,25-14:1, 26-29, 34-35 and Mt 15:21-28 – Wednesday of the 18th Week in Ordinary Time – Feast of St John Maria Vianney)

St John Maria Vianney is the patron saint of priests.

As a priest, he made it a point to help all the needy in his parish or in the region around him.

Once, word was sent to him that a very sick man of his parish was seeking to make confession.

However, this man was pretty far off from the place where the church was.

It was a time when vehicles were too sparse.

The climate was bitter cold and the rain storm was blowing in.

But the zeal in the heart of the saintly priest was still greater.

So, he picked up his cloak and started his walk to the sick man’s house.

The freezing cold pierced through his frail bones
The lashing winds wrenched his body in frosty pain

Yet, St John Vianney trekked on!

Finally he reached the house of the sick man.

By the time he arrived, St Vianney himself was shivering and wobbly with high fever.

He fell so ill, that he had to hear the confession, lying down, beside the sick man’s bed.

Many in fact, even thought, that the priest was more sick than the penitent ill-man!

The determination and the willingness of the Saintly Priest made sure that the sick man would experience God’s immense mercy and forgiving love.

Today we celebrate the Feast of St John Maria Vianney, the patron saint of all the priests!

As a young son, he had to face resistance from his father, who was opposed to his being a priest, due to financial difficulties as well as the strained political climate of his time
As a young seminarian, he had to face hardships in the seminary, due to his difficulties in studies
As a young priest, he had to face isolation from the parish at Ars, where he was first appointed, due to the indifference and the secular lifestyle of the people in the village.

But despite this harsh experience…
… he held on to “Doing the Will of God, and be His faithful follower!”

St John Maria Vianney placed His entire trust in the Power of God

The Gospel of the Day also presents to us a person who had to experience a lot of harsh experiences.

We are presented today with the powerful and challenging incident of the Canaanite woman, whose daughter was possessed by a demon

She had to face the mental agony of concern for her sick child
She had to face the societal discrimination, being a woman and a Gentile
She had to also face an “apparent” rejection and refusal by the Lord

But despite these challenges and harsh experiences, she held on to her faith…
… and remained hopeful of receiving a miracle!

Yes, God’s Love and Mercy is always available, when there is a sense of openness and willingness of a docile heart!

Are we facing a problem in our life, right now?

Do we think that there are hurdles that are hard to overcome and mountains that are tough to surmount?

Then…
… let’s be inspired by the tenacious faith of the Canaanite woman
… let’s learn to imitate the fortitude and perseverance of St John Maria Vianney

St John Maria Vianney and the Canaanite woman in the Gospel, placed their entire trust in the Power of God

This would turn their “rejection and dejection” into a “celebration and jubilation!”

On this Feast Day, let us specially seek the intercession of St John Maria Vianney…
… to remain “faithful and firm”, in moments of “dejection and rejection”

And thus, seek to imitate our Blessed Lord.

May the words of the Saintly Priest motivate us:

“You cannot please both God and the world at the same time; they are utterly opposed to each other in their thoughts, their desires, and their actions.”

“I tell you that you have less to suffer in following the cross than in serving the world and its pleasures.”

Let us also pray specially for Priests all over the world, that their Patron Saint – St John Maria Vianney – may intercede, to help all priests…
… to be more holy and faithful to their Noble Vocation
… to be more zealous in administering the Sacraments and giving His Word
… to be more passionate in Loving the Lord and bringing many more to His Love

Happy Feast to all the Priests!

God Bless! Live Jesus!


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OUR PARTICIPATION IN CHRIST’S SACRIFICE

The Cross is the unique sacrifice of Christ, the “One Mediator between God and men”.
But because in His Incarnate Divine Person, He has in some way united himself to every man, “the possibility of being made partners, in a way known to God, in the paschal mystery” is offered to all men.
He calls His disciples to “take up [their] cross and follow (Him)”, for “Christ also suffered for (us), leaving (us) an example so that (we) should follow in His steps.”
In fact Jesus desires to associate with His Redeeming Sacrifice those who were to be its first beneficiaries.
This is achieved supremely in the case of His Mother, who was associated more intimately than any other person in the mystery of His Redemptive Suffering.

Apart from the Cross, there is no other ladder by which we may get to Heaven. (Cf. CCC # 618)

REFLECTION CAPSULE – Aug 03, 2021: Tuesday

“Placing our faith and trust in Jesus, the Rock of our lives!”

(Based on Num 12:1-13 and Mt 14:22-36 – Tuesday of the 18th Week in Ordinary Time)

The creation around us – created by our Good God – has many lessons to teach us.

One such lesson is mentioned in the Book of Proverbs, where it speaks about a small animal named badger

Prov 30:26: “The badgers are a people without power, yet they make their homes in the rocks!”

The badger is a weak, timid little animal – like a rabbit or hare.

It has no means of defense in itself
Though it like a rabbit, it can’t run like one.
Though it resembles a mole, it can’t dig deep like one.

So when its foes – the vulture or the eagle comes in sight…
… it realises it cannot fight back in defense or run away fast!

So what does the badger do to find safety and protection?

Knowing that it is a “feeble fold,” it rushes straight to the rocks!

The badger repositions itself among the rocks, to remain safe and secure!

The badger lets the rocks to defend it…
… and the foes fight a miserable fight against the rocks
… and leave the badger in peace!

How beautiful a lesson is this to all of us, who often get attacked by the “foes of troubles, distractions, temptations and despairs of life!”

Weak as we are…
… we can find our refuge, protection and strength if we go straight to our Rock – JESUS!

Have we learnt this method of facing the challenges of life, by taking refuge in Jesus…
… especially in the “trying” moments of life?

The Gospel of the Day is a reminder and a lesson on this beautiful aspect of trusting and depending on the Lord – in every situation of life.

After the multiplication of the loaves, Jesus dismissed the crowds.
He made the disciples to get into the boat, while He went up to the mountains to pray (Mt 14: 22-23)

Here is a great lesson that Jesus teaches us…

There will be many success stories that would be woven in life.
• Yet, all those occasions ought to lead us closer to God – the source of every success.

Every success in life ought to, not make us proud – instead, in humility, lead us to grow closer to God – in gratitude and for greater strength.

There will also be times when the sun shines bright and there are many admirers thronging our life.
• Yet, all those occasions ought to make us realise that in God alone ought to be my true joy and satisfaction.

Every joy of life ought to, not make us lose ourselves in the thickets of achievements – instead, in meekness, help us to depend more on God – in trust and for greater faith.

As the disciples were lost on the sea, with the winds and waves turning against them, they saw Jesus walking on the sea (Mt 14: 25)

However, Jesus sought to drive away every ‘ghostly fears’ and assured them of His presence.

Peter, however, the leader of the gang took the initiative of going towards Jesus and walking on the water.

He even made his first steps on the waters.

However, when he saw the mighty winds, he got frightened and cried out, “Lord, save me” (Mt 14: 30)

Immediately, the Gospel says, “Jesus stretched out His Hand and caught him and said to him ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?'” (Mt 14: 31)

Here was life throwing a mighty challenge to Peter:

Whether he could trust in God or not…
Whether to continue ahead in life or not…
Whether he could have his focus on God or not…

As long as he had his focus on the Lord, things were fine

But the moment, he wavered in this “focus”, Peter began to sink

The boats of our Christian lives often pass through the stormy waters of problems and difficulties.

There will be many moments when our faith makes attempts “to walk on the waters” with the Lord.

• As long as we keep our focus on Him, things would be fine.
• As long as we don’t look at the waters and instead look on to Jesus, things would be good.

But the moment there is a “deviation” in this focus – there will be the “sinking” experience!

Can we grow in our trust… in being always focussed on the Lord?

In the face of many challenges of life, we often are rendered to be a “feeble fold”

But let’s never lose heart!

As Prov 30:26 reminds us: “The badgers are a people without power, yet they make their homes in the rocks!”

Let us take refuge in Jesus, the Rock of our life!

When attacked by the “foes of troubles, distractions, temptations and despairs of life”…
… let us find refuge, protection and strength, by going go straight to our Rock – JESUS!

Are we ready to REPOSITION ourselves…
… and firmly secure and be safe amidst JESUS, the ROCK?

God Bless! Live Jesus!


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JESUS CONSUMMATES HIS SACRIFICE ON THE CROSS

It is love “to the end” that confers on Christ’s sacrifice its value as redemption and reparation, as atonement and satisfaction.
He knew and loved us all when He offered His Life.
Now “the love of Christ controls us, because we are convinced that One has died for all; therefore all have died.”
No man, not even the holiest, was ever able to take on himself the sins of all men and offer himself as a sacrifice for all.
The existence in Christ of the Divine Person of the Son, Who at once surpasses and embraces all human persons, and constitutes himself as the Head of all mankind, makes possible His Redemptive Sacrifice for all.

The Council of Trent emphasizes the unique character of Christ’s sacrifice as “the source of eternal salvation” and teaches that “His most holy Passion on the wood of the cross merited justification for us.”

The Church venerates His Cross as she sings: “Hail, O Cross, our only hope!” (Cf. CCC # 616-617)

REFLECTION CAPSULE – Aug 02, 2021: Monday

“Having hope and conviction to see the Hand of the Lord, leading and guiding us!”

(Based on Num 11:4-15 and Mt 14:13-21 – Monday of the 18th Week in Ordinary Time)

A brave missionary – known to have pioneered many missions – was sharing his experiences with a group of novices (group of brothers, before taking the evangelical vows, in a religious order/congregation)

In his interaction with the young and aspiring novices, he recounted the many moments of struggles and “apparent failures” that he had to face in the missions.

Yet with much joy in his heart and a special sparkle in the eyes, he exhorted:
“My dear novices… the words of one of the beautiful hymns that we often sing, as part of our Night Prayer (Compline – Divine Office) gave me a lot of strength, at the end of every day.

‘Lead, Kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on!

The night is dark, and I am far from home,
Lead Thou me on!

Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me.’”

The great missionary did encounter moments of failures in life…
… but what kept him going, was the Hope and Conviction to see the Hand of the Lord, leading and Guiding Him!

Yes, failure is something which we surely encounter very often in our lives!

We fail to stand up to ours and others’ expectations in our personal lives…
We fail to answer to the needs and demands of our family or community lives…
We fail to respond to the challenges and duties of our responsibilities in our societal lives…

Failure creates clouds of hopelessness.

Failure develops into pangs of anxieties!

But every Failure, can also be the Gateway to Venture into a Fresh Framework of Opportunities…

The background of today’s Gospel is a very disturbing one: the beheading of John the Baptist!

The Voice which heralded the Coming of the Saviour…
The Voice which had provided hope…
… had been brutally silenced!

Jesus, on hearing this news, withdrew to a lonely place.

The inhuman murder…
Of His Cousin
Of His companion in the Works of the Kingdom…
… was a Moment of Great Pain to the Lord
… perhaps, even a Great Setback to Him!

Disappointment was apparently looming large…

The Mission hereafter was not going to be easy…

Failure was knocking at the doors…

But every Failure, can also be the Gateway to Venture into a Fresh Framework of Opportunities…

Though filled with pain and sorrow and grief…
… Jesus continues His ministry of preaching the Kingdom of God.

And thus we see our Blessed Lord multiplying the loaves and feeding the crowds (Mt 14: 15-21)

The Evil King Herod, had feasted on the vices of self-pleasure and debauchery

The Good King Jesus, would make a feast on the virtues of compassion and self-giving!

The Evil King Herod spread a party of lewdness, trudging on the death of an innocent man

The Good King Jesus would host a party of God’s Mercy and Tenderness, inviting to eternal life!

Jesus failed to get bogged down by failures…
He did not allow Himself to be immersed in a sea of let-downs and disappointments.

Instead, He made His Compassionate and God-trusting Heart to shine through the clouds of darkness!

Jesus also taught His Disciples to not get disappointed or disheartened by “apparent” signs of failures or lack or success.

When Jesus asked His disciples to provide food for the hungry crowd, the disciples said:
“Five loaves and two fish are all we have here” (Mt 14:17)

The disciples were expressing their possibility of ‘facing a failure’…
… “We have no resources, Lord!”
… “All what we have is just not good enough to be successful!”

But the Lord – Who had refused to be bogged down by failure – now teaches the Disciples to also imitate Him…

Not being disappointed with possibilities of failures…
… instead, entrusting whatever we are and however we are, to the Bountiful Care of the Father

Not getting discouraged by situations of lack of success…
… instead, giving praise to the Lord at all times, knowing that He works wonders and miracles – in His Time, In His Way!

The same resources which signified nothingness – five loaves and two fish:
… were now transformed by the Lord as food for thousands!
… were now symbols of God’s power and providence!

You and I…
… Are we facing failures at this moment?
… Is our spiritual life going downhill?
… Are we lost in the society- facing rejections and encountering disappointments in all areas of our life?

Do we feel that FAILURE become part and parcel of our existence?

Fear not…!

Give up not hope…!

Let us hold on to the Lord…
… the same Lord who was “face-to-face with failure” after the brutal murder of His Cousin
… the same Lord who worked a miracle for his disciples who were “face-to-face with failure” in ministry

The people of Israel in the wilderness murmured and complained:
“If only we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we used to eat in Egypt for nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic…
… but now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at.” (Num 11:4-6)

But Moses, the chosen leader, despite expressing his human agony and anguish in the face of such failing situations…
… becomes an instrument of God’s Mighty Power and Glory, by trusting in the Lord!

Success is…
… being faithful, to do God’s works: however little they be – in the time & place, God wishes!

Success is…
… persevering, to hold on to God’s Will: however painful they be – in the manner, God wishes!

Success is…
… resolute to being truthful to God’s Ways: however hard they be – in the way, God wishes!

Am I today being surrounded by a hazy atmosphere of failures and disappointments?

Look up to the Lord for inspiration…
… The Lord Who remained ever faithful to the Will of God and the Lord Who had to suffer on the Cross by virtue of His obedience and fidelity!

He shows what is true success!

He shows what is real achievement!

Yes, Faithfulness is more vital than success.

Authenticity is more needed than victory

Let us be convinced, just as St Paul tells us: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
… For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom 8:35, 38-39)

Let’s pray: “LEAD KINDLY LIGHT…”

God Bless! Live Jesus!


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JESUS SUBSTITUTES HIS OBEDIENCE FOR OUR DISOBEDIENCE

“For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man’s obedience many will be made righteous.”
By his obedience unto death, Jesus accomplished the substitution of the suffering Servant, who “makes himself an offering for sin”, when “he bore the sin of many,” and who “shall make many to be accounted righteous” for “he shall bear their iniquities”

Jesus atoned for our faults and made satisfaction for our sins to the Father. (Cf. CCC # 615)

REFLECTION CAPSULE – Aug 01, 2021: Sunday

“Seeking to know JESUS, THE WAY and arriving at the school of True Joy and Peace!”

(Based on Exod 16:2-4, 12-15, Eph 4:17-24 and Jn 6:24-35 – 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

One morning, a six-year-old girl missed her school bus.

Being new to the neighbourhood, her father – who though was getting late to go to office – decided to drive her to school…
… provided she gave him directions.

They spent twenty minutes going round in circles and through many long lanes.

Finally they arrived at the school…
… which was only a few blocks away from their home.

“Why did you take us all over the place when your school is so close to home?” asked her exasperated father.

“Because this is the way the school bus goes,” the little girl replied….
… and with a sense of innocence: “I don’t know any other way!”

So often are we too such…

We go round and round searching for happiness and contentment…
… when the “school of True Joy and Peace” is very near us

Do we know THE WAY?
… or are we getting lost and deviated with many other peripheral lanes of life?

The Gospel of the Day is a call by our Blessed Lord to ‘refine’ our priorities in life and to ‘re-sort’ our concerns towards Him and His Kingdom.

Today’s Gospel passage forms part of the “Bread of Life” Discourse of the 6th chapter of St John.
Jesus, after having performed the ‘magnanimous’ miracle of the multiplication of the loaves, had His popularity ratings on a high.

There were many factors that propelled towards this…

Huge problems suddenly seemed to ‘shrink in size’ before Jesus, the Great God!

A huge crowd, who were ‘hungry’ had just been ‘satisfied’ to the full

Impossible situations suddenly seemed to be non-existent before Jesus, the God of all possibilities!

Just two little fish and five barley loaves became a medium of nourishment to thousands

There was naturally, immense excitement among the crowds with respect to Jesus.
• Before their own eyes, a ‘massive’ miracle had been wrought
• For their own stomachs, a ‘miraculous’ wonder had been performed

They would have felt themselves in similar situations as the people of Israel in the wilderness, when their leader Moses had fed them with food (Ex 16: 12-15)

Some among them would have also recounted the words of Jesus, elsewhere during His ministry: “Behold, something greater is here…” (Mt 12:41)

And so, the people, who had become ‘fans’ of our Blessed Lord, began to ‘seek’ – frantically and with great craze.

A personal experience of the Divine is to become a launching-pad in forging a personal relationship with the Lord!
• But a personal experience of the Divine, when not properly channelled, can also get deviated and remain fixated to mere devotion and emotional piety.

Jesus was very well aware of the danger that lay in ‘fickle’ crowds who followed Him – merely for ‘bread’ and not for a ‘life-transformation’.

And so He puts forward a probing challenge to the crowds who were desperately following Him:
“Amen, Amen, I say to you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate the loaves and were filled.

Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you” (Jn 6: 26-27)

The crowds were asked by Jesus to ‘refine’ their priorities in life and to ‘re-sort’ their concerns towards Him and His Kingdom!

The same exhortation is being rendered to us today: to ‘refine’ our priorities in life and to ‘re-sort’ our concerns towards Him and His Kingdom…

Do I follow the Lord only to be satisfied by the ‘bread’ of having our prayers always heard in the way I want and of ‘always’ enjoying prosperity in life…
… or do I also follow the Lord for His own sake – as the One who truly becomes the ‘Bread’ of life- my strength, my hope and my greatest asset in life?

Do I seek the Lord only when I am ‘given’ something by God; following merely a ‘receiving’ spirituality – that has hands always stretched out in anticipation to ‘get’ something from God…
… or can I grow in my hunger for Jesus, the Bread of Life, and also be willing to respond to His demand to “give” my life in service of Him, of His Kingdom and of His people?

As Christians, we ought to be persons who have our aims set on the “proper lanes” life – seeking Jesus and His Kingdom.
• Jesus ought to be the greatest treasure of our life
• Jesus ought to be the deepest satisfaction in our life

We need to make an examination of our lives.

So often we go round and round searching for happiness and contentment…

But let us realise, that the “school of True Joy and Peace” is very near us!

Jesus, the Bread of Life – especially by His Holy Word and in His Holy Eucharist – invites us to wholly dedicate our lives in seeking Him alone.

Let us understand, that as true Christians, real fulfilment comes from more than “just making a living”
… it comes, instead, from “making a life, in Jesus”

The great saintly Doctor of the Church – St Alphonsus Liguori, Patron Saint of Theologians and the Founder of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists) – whose feast is celebrated on August 1st, says:

“The more a person loves God, the more reason he has to hope in Him!”
“He who desires nothing but God is rich and happy!”

May we not be merely ‘bread-seekers’
… instead be the sincere seekers of the One, who is the True Bread of Life!

Let us seek JESUS, THE WAY!

God Bless! Live Jesus!


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Christ’s death is the unique and definitive sacrifice

Christ’s Death is both the Paschal sacrifice that accomplishes the definitive redemption of men, through “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world”…
.. and the sacrifice of the New Covenant, which restores man to communion with God by reconciling him to God through the “blood of the covenant, which was poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins”
This sacrifice of Christ is unique; it completes and surpasses all other sacrifices.
First, it is a gift from God the Father Himself, for the Father handed His Son over to sinners in order to reconcile us with Himself.

At the same time, it is the offering of the Son of God made Man, who in freedom and love offered His Life to His Father through the Holy Spirit in reparation for our disobedience. (Cf. CCC # 613-614)

REFLECTION CAPSULE – July 31, 2021: Saturday

“Living with purpose and a holy determination – all for the Greater Glory of God!”

(Based on Lev 25:1-17 and Mt 14:1-12 – Saturday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time)

The Mammoth Cave National Park, in central Kentucky, is a U.S. National Park.

It encompasses portions of the Mammoth Cave, the longest cave system known in the world.

In these caves, one can see enormous pillars which have been formed by the steady dropping of water from the roof of the cavern.

This masonry – formed of solid rock – made by the slow and silent process of nature, is a true marvel…

A single drop of water, finds its way from the surface down through the roof of the cave, and deposits its sediment
Another follows it and still another…
… each adding its imperceptible contribution, until the icicle of stone begins to grow
… ultimately reaching the pillar which likewise has been forming on the bottom of the cave.

These become a massive pillar – brilliant and classic.

This process is so similar that which occurs in our hearts…

Each thought, that awakens for a moment, sinks into the soul – just as each little drop of water, with its limestone deposit…
… makes its contribution to the pillar in the cave.

Other thoughts follow and yet others…
… raising within our hearts, pillars of purpose, that form our character.

Think nobler, and our character will mould into being noble…

Think wicked, and our character will decay into being evil…

What is the thought-pattern that we nurture in our lives?

The Gospel of the Day makes a dramatic presentation of two opposing characters – one of them holy and the other evil – John the Baptist and Herod the Tetrarch…
… which were formed as a result of the accumulation of contrasting deposits of thoughts and feelings.

The Gospel passage is a “flashback” passage which recounts the visually-disturbing incident of the ‘beheading of John the Baptist’.

The increasing popularity of Jesus caused Herod the Tetrarch, the ruler of the land, to come face-to-face with his guilty conscience.

Truth is always very powerful!
It can, silently, yet very authoritatively…
… challenge faulty lives
… prick guilty consciences
… confront culpable actions

Herod bore the guilt of having killed John the Baptist, who was the voice of the Truth.

He knew that he had done something extremely wicked and merciless
He knew that he had acted in opposition to truth, to honesty and to sincerity.

Therefore, the rising fame of the Lord – whom he misunderstood as John – drove him to despair over that brutal act of the killing of the Baptist.

The constant exposition to wicked thoughts and evil inclinations had caused his life to become a pillar of guilt-filled feelings!

Think wicked, and our character will decay into being evil…!

On the other hand, was the righteous life of John the Baptist.

He was born with a sense of purpose – of being a voice to the Truth.

He maintained this goal by always living in sincerity – fearless and courageous.
To this end, he even valiantly shed his blood!

The constant nurturing of holy purposes and sacred acts had caused his life to become a pillar of a purpose-filled existence!

Think nobler, and our character will mould into being noble…

What is the thought-pattern that we nurture in our lives?
Is my life a Pillar…
… of guilt-filled feelings – formed by deposits of wickedness, evil and sin?

OR

Is my life a Pillar…
… of a purpose-filled existence – formed by deposits of holy determination and sanctified lives?

Today, we specially also seek the intercession, and be inspired by St Ignatius of Loyola, the Founder of the “Society of Jesus” (Jesuits), on his Feast Day.

His motto: Ad majorem Dei gloriam (“for the greater glory of God”) – is a great challenge and an inspiration for all of us.

May his prayer echo in our hearts:
“O my God, teach me to be generous!

Teach me to serve you as I should…
… to give without counting the cost,
… to fight without fear of being wounded,
… to work without seeking rest,
… to labour without expecting any reward,

But the knowledge that I am doing Your Most Holy Will.”

God Bless! Live Jesus!


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THE AGONY AT GETHSEMANE

The cup of the New Covenant, which Jesus anticipated when He offered Himself at the Last Supper, is afterwards accepted by Him from His Father’s Hands in His agony in the garden at Gethsemane…
… making Himself “obedient unto death”.
Jesus prays: “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me…!”
Thus He expresses the horror that death represented for His human nature.
Like ours, His human nature is destined for eternal life; but unlike ours, it is perfectly exempt from sin, the cause of death.
Above all, His human nature has been assumed by the Divine person of the “Author of life”, the “Living One”.

By accepting in His human will that the Father’s Will be done, He accepts His Death as redemptive, for “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree.” (Cf. CCC # 612)

REFLECTION CAPSULE – July 30, 2021: Friday

“Never being bogged down by melancholic and debasing tones; instead, ‘pursuing our dreams and mission’ to fulfil the plans that God envisions for our life!”

(Lev 23:1,4-11,15-16,27 and Mt 13:54-58 – Friday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time)

“What, sir?
You would make a ship sail against the wind and currents by lighting a bonfire under her decks?

I pray you excuse me.

I have no time to listen to such nonsense.”

  • These are the infamous words of Napoléon Bonaparte, the emperor of France…
    … as he reacted to Robert Fulton’s proposal for a steamboat, in the 18th century.

[Robert Fulton was an American engineer and inventor who is widely credited with developing the world’s first commercially successful steamboat (named as the ‘North River Steamboat’ or ‘Clermont’)

The success of his steamboat transformed the transportation and travel industries, and speeded up the Industrial Revolution.]

The initial proposal by Robert Fulton to Napoleon, however, had failed to create an impression on the powerful emperor…
… and it led to his rejection and rebuff, with the words: “What, sir?”

Life so often rings in such clatters of rejection and negativity.

Do we get bogged down by such melancholic and debasing tones?

Or can we continue to “pursue our dreams and mission” and fulfil the plans that God envisions for our life?

Undoubtedly, rejection is a sure companion in the life of a Christian, who is uncompromising and unwavering in one’s faith.

Despite this, are we ready to do the Will of God, and be His Faithful Followers?

The Gospel of the Day narrates a painful incident of “rejection” that our Blessed Lord encountered in His life, at the hands of His own country people (Mt 13: 54-58)

It is interesting to note, how the people of the hometown sought to justify their rejection of Jesus, by rationalizing their attitude…

Using 6 questions (6= A Biblical symbolic number which often stands for imperfection!)…
… the people of the hometown, revealed their clogged minds and closed hearts.

When one’s heart is rooted in unbelief and is closed to the truth…
… things of the Divine appear to be hostile!

And so the Lord declares a naked truth: “A prophet is not without honour, except in his own country or his own house!” (Mt 13: 57)

Jesus, indeed became the “Sign of Contradiction!”
… the Prince of Peace, begins to be seen as a cause of division and despise
… the Healer of Souls, begins to be seen as a cause of disagreement and discord!
… the Comforter of Hearts, begins to be seen as a cause of disturbance and distress

Anyone who seeks to follow Jesus – the “Sign of Contradiction” – the Epitome of Truth and Honesty…
… is sure to face the same experience!

Every true Christian, because of one’s convictions in the Eternal Values of Uncompromising Truth and with the Desire to do the Will of God, is sure to face…
… rejection from the people, because one’s ways challenge the lethargic lifestyle of others!
… dejection from the society, because one’s way of living poses a threat the corruption around!

But despite this “rejection”, can we still continue to hold on the Lord, the “Sign of Contradiction?”

Life so often rings in clatters of rejection and negativity.

We can either be disturbed and feel downcast by them…
… or be ready to buckle ourselves up with greater courage!

We can either blame all those situations and curse life…
… or we can be thankful for those moments, which provides us a chance for “more blessings!”

Yes, we need to remember always:

Rejection isn’t what happens to us…
… but how we interpret what happens to us!”

Situations and people around us may often question our dreams, aspirations and hopes with the question: “What, Sir?”

Let us, however, never allow ourselves to be bogged down by such melancholic and debasing tones
… instead, let us “pursue our dreams and mission” and fulfil the plans that God envisions in our life!

Let us re-dedicate our love and commitment to the Sacred Heart of Jesus…
… as we pray for greater dedication to the Will of God!

God Bless! Live Jesus!


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AT THE LAST SUPPER JESUS ANTICIPATED THE FREE OFFERING OF HIS LIFE

Jesus gave the supreme expression of his free offering of himself at the meal shared with the twelve Apostles “on the night he was betrayed”.
On the eve of his Passion, while still free, Jesus transformed this Last Supper with the apostles into the memorial of his voluntary offering to the Father for the salvation of men:
“This is my body which is given for you.”
“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
The Eucharist that Christ institutes at that moment will be the memorial of his sacrifice.
Jesus includes the apostles in his own offering and bids them perpetuate it.

By doing so, the Lord institutes his apostles as priests of the New Covenant: “For their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth. (Cf. CCC # 610-611)

REFLECTION CAPSULE – July 29, 2021: Thursday

“Being inspired by St Martha to honour to the Lord with a life of faith and strong belief!”

(Based on the Feast of St Martha)

Lord of all pots and pans and things, since I’ve no time to be
A saint by doing lovely things, or watching late with Thee,
Or dreaming in the dawnlight, or storming heaven’s gates,
Make me a saint by getting meals, and washing up the plates.


Although I must have Martha’s hands, I have a Mary mind;
And when I black the boots and shoes, Thy sandals, Lord, I find.
I think of how they trod the earth, what time I scrub the floor;
Accept this meditation, Lord, I haven’t time for more.


Warm all the kitchen with Thy love, and light it with Thy peace;
Forgive me all my worrying, and make my grumbling cease.
Thou Who didst love to give men food, in room, or by the sea,
Accept this service that I do —- I do it unto Thee.

This poem called as “Prayer Hymn” by Cecily R Hallack is found on the preface page of a book entitled “Devotions for Women at Home” by Martha Meister Kiely, 1959.

(This poem is also called as “Kitchen Prayer” attributed to Klara Carlotta Munkres)

The world is fast-paced.

Some of us are always on the move
Some of us are always on our feet

From very early dawn to very late dusk…
… we’re frenzied with activities & works & efforts & exertions.

Life gives us ample excuses to get busy, isn’t it?

Our cultures sometimes even measures our worth by how busy we are…
… determines our significance by how much we accomplish…
… assesses our importance by how well we meet the expectations of others!

We are often under the yoke of proving to be ‘Somebody’ by what “we do”…
… than by who “we are!”

In this busy dizzy frenzied life…
… the Church today celebrates the Feast of St Martha and teaches us beautiful life examples to grow in holiness.

The moment St Martha is mentioned, our minds immediately paint a picture of a working lady, in the kitchen…

Perhaps a little irritated and vexed, that she alone has to do the serving for Jesus, the Guest.

She is also considered, often, in low tones, in comparison to her sister, Mary.

But on this her feast, we shall try to look closer into the life of this Saint…
… who sadly often remains touted only as an irritated and perplexed kitchen-lady…

And instead learn some important lessons from this Lovely Saint, for our Spiritual Life:

  1. The Hospitable Martha
    The first images of Martha is of one who loved to serve and attend to the needs of the Lord.

Jesus found a home and a resting place in this house of Bethany (Lk 10:38)

  1. The Worried Martha
    This popular image of Martha is a reality in this down-to-earth Saint. She is naturally worried, that she is left alone in serving the Divine Lord.

She even tends to demand the Lord to ask her sister, Mary to help her (Lk 10:40)

  1. The Loved Martha
    The Apostle of Love, St John, describes Martha as “the one who was loved by the Lord” (Jn 11:5)
  2. The Sorrowful Martha
    At the death of her brother Lazarus, Martha expresses deep sorrow and grief.

Her simple humanness comes to the light once again. (Jn 11:19)

  1. The Trustful Martha
    Though her brother died, the coming of Jesus to her home, was a great occasion for Martha to express her trust and confidence that the Lord can work wonders and great signs. (Jn 11:22)
  2. The Believing Martha
    Martha rose to the occasion when Jesus demands an expression of faith…

Parallel to Peter’s Faith Confession (Mt 16:16), Martha articulates her belief & conviction (Jn 11:27)

  1. The Bold Martha
    An often overlooked fact is that Jesus was often under the ire of the Pharisees and the Elders of the Law – some of them even plotting to kill this “emerging Reformer and Restorer” of the Law.

Jesus was at a constant risk to His life.

And yet, the Bold Martha is courageous and daring to accept the Lord into her home and to render him a shelter and a safe haven.

St Martha serves an inspiration to us, involved in much work and yet seeking to find a home in the heart of the Lord…

St Martha becomes a model to us…

Having human frailties and weakness…
… and yet wanting to tread the path of Holiness.

St Martha proves to be an example to us who gets discouraged by worries and brokenness in life…
… and yet wanting to honour to the Lord with a life of faith and strong belief.

The key is … “To Pay Attention to the Lord”

St Martha perhaps..
… had one Missed Call from the Lord: ” Martha Martha, you are anxious about many things” (Lk 10:41)….

But the next time onwards…she was ready to answer…!

As St Paul says, “Whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:17)…
… let us glorify the Lord by our lives!

Happy Feast of St Martha!

God Bless! Live Jesus!


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“THE LAMB WHO TAKES AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD”

After agreeing to baptize him along with the sinners, John the Baptist looked at Jesus and pointed him out as the “Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world”.
By doing so, he reveals that Jesus is at the same time the suffering Servant who silently allows Himself to be led to the slaughter and who bears the sin of the multitudes, and also the Paschal Lamb, the symbol of Israel’s redemption at the first Passover.
Christ’s whole life expresses His mission: “to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
By embracing in His Human Heart the Father’s love for men, Jesus “loved them to the end”, for “greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
In suffering and death, His humanity became the free and perfect instrument of his divine love which desires the salvation of men.
Indeed, out of love for his Father and for men, whom the Father wants to save, Jesus freely accepted his Passion and death: “No one takes [my life] from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.”

Hence the sovereign freedom of God’s Son as he went out to his death. (Cf. CCC # 608-609)

REFLECTION CAPSULE – July 28, 2021: Wednesday

“Being inspired by St Alphonsa to seek and treasure the Pearl of Great Price!”

(Based on Exod 34:29-35 and Mt 13:44-46 – Wednesday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time)

“Dear Father, as my good Lord Jesus loves me so very much, I sincerely desire to remain on this sick bed and suffer not only this…
… but anything else besides, even to the end of the world.

I feel now that God has intended my life to be an oblation, a sacrifice of suffering”

  • These are the bold and beautiful words of St Alphonsa – whose feast we celebrate today – to her spiritual director

St Alphonsa, the first Indian born canonised saint, had offered her life so much to God…
… that she could with conviction say: “I have abandoned myself to the Lord fully; let Him do to me as it pleases Him!”

This simple yet brave Saint had discovered “the Pearl of Great Price” in her life…
.. and to “never be afraid of taking the risk of giving up everything, in order to gain that which is priceless!”

Have we discovered “the Pearl of Great Price?”

The Gospel of the Day are the twin parables of Jesus about the Kingdom of God being compared to a “priceless fortune” being discovered.

A man finding a treasure in a field (Mt 13: 44-45)
A merchant finding a pearl of great price (Mt 13:46)

One of the common thought-pattern exhibited in both these parables is the following factor:
“The risk of giving up everything, in order to gain that which is priceless!”

The man on finding the treasure in the field…
… takes the risk of selling everything, in order to buy the treasure, which was priceless

The merchant on finding the precious pearl…
… takes the risk of selling all that he had, in order to possess the pearl, which was priceless.

The pages of the Bible narrate this pattern: “The risk of giving up everything, in order to gain that which is priceless!”…
… St Joseph risks listening to the voice of the Angel, and taking Mary as his wife – in order to provide a home for the Son of God – a priceless responsibility!
… St Peter risks giving up his boats and fishing nets – in order to follow Jesus – a priceless vocation!
… Zacheaus risks inviting Jesus into his home and doing away with his riches – in order to obtain salvation – a priceless reward!
… St Paul risks doing away with his former ways of persecuting Christianity and preaching to the Gentiles, instead – in order to win many souls- a priceless way of life!

“Nothing worthwhile is ever achieved playing it safe, and sticking to the familiarity of the known!”

Are we ready to take this risk…?
… risk doing away with our sinful ways, in order to live a new life in Christ?
… risk giving up some undue attachments, in order to allow the Lord to possess our hearts?
… risk removing some unwelcome addictions, in order to allow the Spirit of God to work in us?

Jesus, the Priceless Fortune deserves our best!

Let us “never be afraid of taking the risk of giving up everything, in order to gain that which is Priceless!”

On this day of the Feast of St Alphonsa, let us seek her intercession and be inspired by her “great life that consisted many little and simple acts of love and charity!”

Let her prayer be ours too:
“O Lord Jesus, hide me in the Wound of Your Sacred Heart.
Free me from my desire to be loved and esteemed.

Guard me from my evil attempts to win fame and honor.
Make me humble till I become a small spark in the flame of Love in Your Sacred Heart.

Grant me the grace to forget myself and all worldly things.
Jesus, sweet beyond words, convert all worldly consolations into bitterness for me.

O my Jesus, Sun of Justice, enlighten my intellect and mind with Your Sacred Rays.
Purify my heart, consume me with burning love for You, and make me one with You!”

Happy Feast of St Alphonsa!

God Bless! Live Jesus!


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CHRIST OFFERED HIMSELF TO HIS FATHER FOR OUR SINS

The Son of God, who came down “from heaven, not to do (his) own will, but the will of him who sent (him)”, said on coming into the world, “Lo, I have come to do your will, O God.”
By that Will, we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all
From the first moment of his Incarnation the Son embraces the Father’s plan of divine salvation in His redemptive mission: “My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work.”
The sacrifice of Jesus “for the sins of the whole world” expresses His loving communion with the Father. “The Father loves me, because I lay down my life”, said the Lord, “(for) I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father.”
The desire to embrace His Father’s plan of redeeming love inspired Jesus’ whole life, for his redemptive passion was the very reason for his Incarnation.
And so he asked, “and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, for this purpose I have come to this hour.”
And again, “Shall I not drink the cup which the Father has given me?”

From the cross, just before “It is finished”, he said, “I thirst.” (Cf. CCC # 606-607)

REFLECTION CAPSULE – July 27, 2021: Tuesday

“Having recourse to the Awesome and Ultimate Power of God, and being strengthened in our lives!”

(Based on Exo 33:7-11, 34:5-9, 28 and Mt 13:36-43 – Tuesday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time)

One of the very famous hymns in Malayalam, composed by Sadhu Kochukunju Upadesi (1883 –1945 – preacher, poet and composer) goes thus:
“Dukhathinde paana paathram
Karthav yende kayyil thannal
Sandoshathodh adhu vaangi
Hallelujah paadidunne….”

Translated as…

“If my Lord offers a chalice
Full of worries into my hands,
I will accept it with pleasure
And sing ‘Hallelujah’ with thanks.

My father will never offer
Anything that is harmful I’m sure.
He may give me moments of pain
Still He loves me beyond measure!”

The hymn pays glorious tribute to the Immense Love of the Lord…
… despite the seemingly tough and troublesome moments that we go through in life.

The spirit of this hymn was beautifully lived and celebrated by St Alphonsa, the first woman of Indian origin to be canonised…
… whose feast is celebrated on July 28 (tomorrow)

Life often takes us through…
… trials of struggle and pain
… situations of agony and abandonment
… occasions of evil encounters and malicious moments!

Yet, in all such moments, the call of the Gospel is to remain firm in faith and hope – trusting in the Providence and Power of the Lord.

The Gospel of the Day is an exposition by the Lord on this crucial Reality of our lives, by the explanation of the Parable of the Weeds.

It’s noteworthy to know some interesting facts about this parable…

Sowing weeds in someone else’s field, was a way take revenge on the other and to express one’s hatred and anger!
Something similar to today, people…
… breaking the glass of the houses of those whom they don’t like
… disfiguring the walls of the house of the people whom they hate

The weeds that Jesus speaks of in the parable, were highly similar to the wheat that was sown.

It was almost impossible to distinguish the two, in their initial stages.

Seeking to pull up the weeds would definitely destroy the wheat plant
This was because, their roots would get inter-twined.

Any attempt to pull up the weeds, would also cause harm to the good plant.

It is in the light of these points, that our “doubt and perplexity” about the Parable of the Wheat and Weeds grows:

“Why does evil exist in a world that was created good?”

This is where the Lord challenges every Christian to understand…
… that some mysteries in life cannot be fully understood…
… but are to be boldly lived!
… that some struggles in life cannot be totally eliminated…
… but are to be bravely challenged!
…. that some problems in life cannot be completely solved…

But are to be fearlessly encountered!

As we take time to digest this fact, let us also spare a thought for the seed of wheat that was sown by the Sower.

For the Sower, the Seed of Wheat was priceless… special…!

He had sown it with a lot of love, care and affection.

And so, He would do everything in His power, to make sure, that He loses nothing of it, in the attempt to get rid of the weeds.

The Sower is God.

And the Bible, throughout, speaks about how the seed that is sown – the wheat – is precious to God…
… the lost sheep is passionately sought until it is found (Lk 15: 1-7)
… the lost coin is ardently searched till it is found (Lk 15: 8-10)
… the leftover pieces of loaves are devoutly gathered up (Mt 14:20)
… the rejected short man, hiding on the tree, is assigned a new chapter in life (Lk 19: 1-10)
… the nearly-stoned woman, caught in the act of adultery, is given new life (Jn 8: 1-11)
… the impulsive fisherman, called as the rock, and who denied three times, is accepted back (Jn 21: 15-19)

We are the precious Wheat.

Jesus opens our hearts and minds to have a “realistic understanding” of life.

We need to be patient with ourselves and with others…
… in dealing with sin and with evil tendencies

Of course, as humans, we do many times…
… bite our teeth in anger, glaring at the inhumanness in our society and the world
… lose our cool, in finding ourselves to be imperfect and sinful even after years of trying
… go mad, in encountering silly disputes and indifferences in our families & communities
… have our blood boiling, seeing the various scandals and shameful incidents in the Church

But the Lord says… “Hold On”….

Surely, we have our emotions and feelings when we come across unjust situations..
But the Lord says:
“Do your best…and leave the rest to Me!

Aim for perfection… but give not into despair because of devastations!”

This certainly is no excuse for us to deny our duty and responsibility…
… and even the obligation to seek to avoid wickedness and dissuade evil practices.

But we may never find ourselves in PERFECT elimination of evil and sinful behaviours…
… either in our personal life, or societal life or even in the life of the church.

The Lord, the Final and the Supreme Judge, will make sure, that “Good finally triumphs over the evil!”

“The Son of Man will send His angels, and they will collect out of His Kingdom, all who cause others to sin and evildoers…
… the Righteous will shine like the sun in the Kingdom of Their Father!” (Mt 13: 41, 43).

As the national motto of India says: “Satyam eva jayate” (Truth alone triumphs!”)

Let us have recourse to the Awesome and Ultimate Power of God, and be strengthened in our lives…
… knowing and trusting that He will ultimately cause “Everything for our good” (Rom 8:28)

In all moments of trials and struggles, let us be loyal to the Gospel by remaining firm in faith and hope – trusting in the Providence and Power of the Lord.

Let us seek the intercession and be inspired by St Alphonsa, as we too sing:
“Dukhathinde paana paathram, Karthav yende kayyil thannaal…”

“If my Lord offers a chalice, full of worries into my hands,
I will accept it with pleasure, and sing ‘Hallelujah’ with thanks.

My father will never offer, anything that is harmful I’m sure.
He may give me moments of pain, Still He loves me beyond measure!”

God Bless! Live Jesus!


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GOD TAKES THE INITIATIVE OF UNIVERSAL REDEEMING LOVE

By giving up His Own Son for our sins, God manifests that His plan for us is one of Benevolent Love, prior to any merit on our part:
“In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins.”
God “shows His love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.”
At the end of the parable of the lost sheep, Jesus recalled that God’s love excludes no one: “So it is not the Will of your Father Who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.”
He affirms that He came “to give His Life as a ransom for many” – this last term is not restrictive, but contrasts the whole of humanity with the unique person of the Redeemer Who hands Himself over to save us.
The Church, following the apostles, teaches that Christ died for all men without exception: “There is not, never has been, and never will be a single human being for whom Christ did not suffer!” (Cf. CCC # 604-605)


REFLECTION CAPSULE – July 26, 2021: Monday

“Responding to God’s Great Graces and reaching out to the world with hope and faith and love like the little couple of ‘St Anne and Joachim!’”

(Based on the Feast of the Saint Ann and Joachim – parents of our Blessed Mother Mary)

All of us at some time or the other, have come across Family pictures…
… the one bearing many generations of family members

The grandfather and grandmother… with their sons and daughters and their spouses and their little children etc.

Perhaps, some of us, ourselves, have such family portraits or pictures with us.
Every such Family Photo gives a nostalgic feel….

Those are not mere printed papers….
They contain legacies…. they are filled with memories…..

They give a glimpse of the past: struggles, disappointments, mistakes, events hard to acknowledge….

They give an inkling to the future: love, laughter, hope, blessings…
They are a witness to the present: unity, fellowship, brokenness, anger….

A Family Photo also reveals… the Presence of the Higher Power – God…
… Who has worked in unknown yet amazing ways.

His presence is very much seen in many of our family situations.

Hard situations converted to moments of grace
Tough times transformed to strengthening situations

A Family Photo has it all…..

Today we gaze at the Family Photo of our Beloved Saviour.

We specially recall and cherish the Blessings of God, bestowed on the privileged Grandparents of Jesus & the Parents of Blessed Mother Mary…
… St Anne and St Joachim.

Hardly anything is known about Saint Ann and Saint Joachim.

Their photos are blurred and hazy
They’re absent in the Bible.

There are stories and legends that have come down to us through the ages and tradition.

Though we don’t know many details about the life of this couple, we can firmly assume a few things:

They were simple people of great hope looking for the Coming of the Messiah…
Their faith in God was the guiding force of their lives!

The lives of Saints Joachim and Anne remain shrouded in mystery, lost to history.

But one thing, we know with certainty: The legacy of their daughter, Mary—the Woman entrusted by God the Father to become the Mother of God.

It was their teaching that led Mamma Mary to say Her Fiat – Yes, to God.
It was their upbringing that helped Mamma Mary to stand firm in the midst of unforeseen events.
It was their example that helped Mamma Mary to be strong in the face of immense pain and sufferings!

Yes, God chose two very unlikely individuals – Anne & Joachim – to help in His Plan for the Salvation of the world.

Is God looking at you and me at this moment…..?

Like He chose this insignificant Couple….
… He looks at each of us – in hope and expectation

Let us look at our Family Photo… not just of the blood-related family, but the whole Human Family…

There are many faces dejected…
There are many hearts broken…
There are many souls in sin…
There are many lives shattered…
There are many minds confused…
There are many wills unrepentant…
There are many bodies abused…
There are many characters in filth…

As people of the Kingdom, we need to understand the power of “little things becoming big, with God’s Great Grace!”…
… just like the “grain of mustard seed…” (Cf. Mt 13:31 ff)

The Lord is calling us… like the “little couple” of St Anne and Joachim to reach out to this human family…
… and to fill the world with hope and faith and love!

Pope Benedict XVI says: “Often we are led to believe that sainthood – holiness – is reserved to a few chosen ones

Saintliness, the fullness of Christian life, does not consist in the achievement of extraordinary feats, but in uniting oneself with Christ… in making his disposition… his behaviour… our own!”

Saints Ann and Joachim saw the mighty hand of God at work in their lives.

They heard God’s voice yet wondered how God could possibly use them.

They stepped forth in faith, not knowing where the journey led…

But God rewarded them… with the Beautiful and Precious Daughter… Mary!

Today they gladly rejoice… in being blurred, yet significant characters in the Divine Family Portrait… glittered and ‘halo’ed and dazzling….
… with the Grandeur of Jesus , the King of Kings, their Precious Grandchild….
… and the loveliness of Mary, the Queen of all hearts, their beloved daughter!

Happy Feast of Mamma’s parents to all.

May their Li’l Divine Prince bless us! Live Jesus!


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“FOR OUR SAKE GOD MADE HIM TO BE SIN”

Consequently, St. Peter can formulate the apostolic faith in the Divine plan of salvation in this way: “You were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your fathers… with the Precious Blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was destined before the foundation of the world but was made manifest at the end of the times for your sake.”
Man’s sins, following on original sin, are punishable by death.
By sending His own Son in the form of a slave, in the form of a fallen humanity, on account of sin, God “made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Jesus did not experience reprobation as if He himself had sinned.
But in the redeeming love that always united Him to the Father, He assumed us in the state of our waywardness of sin, to the point that He could say in our name from the cross: “My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?”
Having thus established him in solidarity with us sinners, God “did not spare His Own Son but gave Him up for us all”, so that we might be “reconciled to God by the Death of His Son. (Cf. CCC # 602-603)