One day Mother Theresa was walking along the road to her convent, the news media and photographers were with her. On the way, she saw a poor old lady sitting along the pavement and begging. Mother stopped at her, went and sat beside her. Every one was curious what she was upto. It was good photo session.
They looked at each other, eye to eye and then start smiling and laughing. After few minutes she touched the poor old lady on her check, got up and went on.
The news guys asked mother, what did you give her? Mother replied, you know my hands are always empty but I gave her my heart.
“Sometimes a smile, a touch, a good gesture is enough to impart Gods love”.
Look at the cross carefully, the vertical is the line connecting you and God, and the Horizontal is the line outreaching to your own kind-Godhood and brotherhood happened thru Jesus on the cross.
Learn to Bless
The tradition in Jews family is to bless the children by parents, every day after night prayer , by laying their hands on their head and saying” May God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob bless you and keep you”. Once they reach the age of 12-13, they are taken to the synagogue and the priests lay their hands and bless them.
As Christians we should learn to bless our little children every day by these words-“May the God the father, and son Jesus Christ and the Holy spirit, bless you and protect you…”
Luke ch.24 versus 50-And the Lord led them out of the city as far as Bethany , where He raised His hands and blessed them, as he was blessing them, he departed….
Yes the lord will keep on blessing us until he returns where he left.
How can the little piece of wheat bread transform to the body of Christ? Ok, how the almighty can takes a human form, and lived among us. Then no more doubts.
Power of the word of God
It was the word of God from the creation till the time of Jesus did all the miracles. Jesus did all the miracles by saying” the word”, no other techniques. He called the dead Lazarus and the spirit of the departed man came back to the body and become alive again.
The word of God is so powerful, so read it everyday.
Where are the Angels
The lord mention about thousands of angels at his fathers disposal. So many of them. If so ask the lord to send a few for your protection, after all why they want to sit unemployed.
My Will versus Gods will
We often say it is Gods will. If something goes wrong, we blame God, and say Its Gods will. Is it really Gods will or your own will?
How can one differentiate between Gods will against our own will. It is often difficult.
It is already being decided even before one is born. But we can try with our limited capability.
Before taking any decision in life do few things
1. Pray on the subject, listen what your inner spirit says, get guidance from the Holy Spirit.
2.Pray to get some sign or vision on the subject
3.Seek what God speaks to you thru the Bible
4. If any circumstances are against, don’t proceed
5. Can ask some one, truly spirit filled person to pray and give guidance or a sign.
If you follow the above steps, the chances are you are following Gods will.
Passing the buck
It is a figure of speech. It means not taking the blame or responsibility for something and pointing your finger “passing the buck” at some one else as the cause of the problem or situation.
Blaming the bad decision you made on someone else. Also making someone make a decision that you are supposed to make.
All started with Eve- the first feminist. She blamed Satan and then blamed Adam. We blame poor Adam for committing the first sin-the so called Original Sin. But it is Eve who did the first sin. Satan lied to Eve and she fell, and ate the fruit.
Adam had a choice whether to eat or not. After thinking a lot, he did not want to loose Eve, even if he loose God. Adam chose to leave God and decided to be united with his wife. Both lost the sanctifying Grace and became naked.
God came and asked “Adam what happened, where you are”, it was a cry from God, seeing his own image going against him. Same cry you hear in Isaiah ch.1 (2-3).
There is a way of getting back the lost Grace of God- God loved world so much, He gave his own son to redeem the world i.e. Jesus. He is the truth and the way. The absence of sanctifying grace in the new-born child is also an effect of the first sin, that’s the reason we baptize the child.
Once a little child was going up to a hill, a snake asked him on the way, whether he can carry him to the hill top. The child said no way, you will bite me. The serpent told him, I promise you, I won’t harm you. Believing the snake, he put him in his pocket and reached top of Hill, once he reached there the snake bite him and said thank you son.
Golgotha- 2 bandits were hanging equidistant from Jesus on the cross, for similar sins, why one(right) got lucky at the last minute. He feared God, did repent, but the other kept on insulting and mocking God.
Be smart like the bandit on the right. Don’t ever insult the Holy Spirit.
Don’t be Luke warm, be wise, the sooner you both get renewed, the better for you.
In dark, one man was walking thru a narrow road, he was struck with a thorn, it was very painful. After wards each step he took was with caution. Little ahead he saw a snake, he was able not to step on the snake.
Negative experience can be painful, but this helps you in future to avoid bigger setbacks.
Transfer of pain
The CEO fire the MD, the MD fire the manager, the manager fire the staff. The staff reaches home and fire his wife and kids.
This happens in every walks of life.
“In life one cannot expect flowers only but the thorns too.”
One daughter in law had a parrot, she always was fighting with her mother in law, always she curses the old lady saying, ” ninte thalyil idithi veezhatte”, the parrot learned it very fast and started repeating this to who ever come to their house.
Once the parish priest came to visit the house, he was shocked to hear the parrots welcome words.
But the priest had a good behaving parrot that was taught the prayer “ente yachana kelkaname”
The priest decided to take the naughty parrot and try changing the other by keeping them together.
Once the Bishop visited the parish, the naughty parrot said “Ninte thalyil idithi vizhatte”,the good parrot folowed “ente yachana kelkaname”
Moral- Sometimes it is difficult to change, where ever you are.
Here is my opinion on why tradition of tonsuring may have come into being. Hair is a matter of Pride (ego) for men and women alike. It is not easy to strut around with a tonsured head and through the days when the hair is re-growing without a form or shape. In offering your hair to God, you are in the spiritual sense offering your pride and ego to God.