Sunday, September 27, 2020

Sunday, September 27, 2020

26th Sunday of Ordinary Time, 

Ezek 18:25-28; Ps 24[25]:4-9; Phil 2:1-11; Mt 21:28-32

 “Which of the two did the will of his father?” (Mt 21:31)

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus,

On this 26th Sunday of the year Mother Church is giving us the opportunity to reflect on three things:

  1. Repentance

This word might give us a bit of discomfort yet this is the famous word which runs through the Bible. God tells people to repent, prophets ask people to repent so the wrath of God wouldn’t hurt anyone. In today’s Covid-19 stricken world, the sense of guilt and repentance is slowly vanishing yet we need it urgently. Repentance is the one code word which can open the gates of heaven to any sinner. Have we heard of Mary Magdalen, Matthew the tax collector, Zacchaeus the short one, woman at the well, and others? What did we remember them for? Is it for their shortcomings or for their repentance? Hence we have the hope in God’s mercy as He is in search of all of us sinners, to take us back home. 

2. Hopeful love

There are some people who say that they love God and do nothing else to support that. There are others, who pray, go to masses, pray novenas only when they are in difficulties – I call them casualty Christians. There are yet others who are genuinely follow Christ, the scriptures, pray devotedly and help others sincerely. These are hopeful Christians. To which category do we belong to? St. James says that there can’t be love without works. When St. Pop John the Paul II visited a prison a man asked him if God would forgive his sin! The Pope just hugged him and the man found his answer. This is the question most of the people have: Will God forgive me a sinner? I always tell that if God doesn’t forgive he is not God. God’s love is greater than any of our sin. What is important for us is that we need to repent in order that God will for give us with love and convert our hopelessness into hopefulness. 

3. Willing responsibility

I’ve been telling since three weeks that our Christianity is the religion of responsibility. God does His part and we do our part. I did add the word ‘willing’ because we are prone to take our faith, life, God, religion, work, heaven and family for granted. If we see the retreat centres around the world, we find majority of other brothers and sisters getting healed and receiving spiritual benefits. We have read the scripture, we go daily for mass, and we pray rosary everyday just like Pharisees- just to condemn others and find fault with one another! Never take anything (Big or small) for granted says the Lord openly. I remember a 99 years old nun sweeping the garden! When told that she needs to take rest, she smilingly said that she couldn’t take the heavenly kingdom for granted. We have the responsibility to grow in faith, we have the responsibility to love, share and care. We also have the responsibility of being an extension of Christ. If many have gone away from the church it means in one way that we have not been a good examples. Let us assume our responsibility and live for the greater glory of God. Amen. 

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Sunday, September 20, 2020

25th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Isa 55:6-9; Ps 144[145]:2-3, 8-9, 17-18; Phil 1:20-24, 27; Mt 20:1-16

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 “Are you envious because I am generous?” (Mt 20:15)

A man fell in love with a girl and wanted to marry her. The girl told him to meet her dad for the same. The father of the girl told the by that he has three bulls and he needs to hold the tail of at least one of the bulls and the girl will be his. The first bull was so ferocious the boy ran for his life. Second was so weak if he holds the tail it would come in hand, so he let it go. The third one was very gentle and the boy jumped over the bull and found no tail at all!!!

Dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, We have three important things to learn from today’s readings:

  1. Comparison

Life is an endless journey between perception and reality. On this journey we come across many aspects of life. Some we understand and many we don’t understand. When we don’t understand we usually get frustrated and as a result we look for solutions outside. We start comparing with others the state of our life. We, who have been Christians, God-fearing people, and doing everything rightly from our birth are struggling with life. But those who have no faith are enjoying life. Like the first workers in the Gospel we, seniors feel that the juniors must learn and not overtake what has been done from ages. Hence we become envious, irritated, resentful etc. remember one thing that when we compare ourselves with others we are letting down God who has created us in His image and likeness. The best way to compare is between our own selves from yesterday to today. 

2. Justice

The Gospel seems to be much unrealistic in today’s business world. Why to pay someone the whole day’s wage when the person has done an hour’s work!!! This is the logic the first hired workers used and we too tend to use this a lot. The first reading is reminding us that our ways are not God’s ways; nor our thoughts like His. We get mixed up with justice and equality many at times. Justice is above equality. We are all equal in our rights but to survive one needs more resources than another. God looks after all and gives what is needed for each and everyone. That is not injustice. Doctor cares more for the sick than the healthy ones. If the last hired worker got the wage just for an hour what would he eat and what would he feed his family with? God’s ways are always unique.  Let us learn to accept His ways. 

3. Opportunity 

In the parable the owner goes out 5 times and hires the workers. This does not happen usually yet the message for us is clear that God gives us ample of opportunities. It will not be like the way the father-in-law treated the boy in the story. Everyday is an opportunity to live anew. Even to groan and mourn we need to be alive. When we appreciate life we will find the opportunities of living. The life is so complex that it doesn’t tell us what’s coming next! Hence good or bad, let us be hopeful to be hired again by the landlord. It is not what we do with life but How we do things in life that matters. St. Mother Theresa said once that at the end of life, the Lord will not ask what did we do in life, rather He will ask us how much love did we put in whatever we did!!! This is the message of the second reading today: to avoid anything in our everyday life that would be unworthy of the Gospel of Christ. Amen. 

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Sunday, September 13, 2020

24th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Sir 27:33[27:30] – 28:9[28:7]; Ps 102 [103]:1-4, 9-12; Rom 14:7-9; Mt 18:21-35

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 ‘Forgive your neighbour the wrong he has done, and then your sins will be pardoned when you pray’ (Sir 28:2)

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus,

Two lovely brothers had turned into bitter enemies due to a silly reason. One morning a carpenter knocked at the door of the older brother and asked for any job for his survival. The elder brother wanted an 8 feet fence between his and his younger brother’s farm. After giving the materials the big brother went out of the town for three days. When he came back the carpenter had finished the job. But he had not built the fence instead a bridge across the creek. When the younger brother saw that he came over the bridge and embraced the big brother for forgiving him. Big brother had no words. The carpenter packed his things to go off, then the big brother said, “Wait, I’ve some more jobs for you.” The carpenter said, “Thank you sir, I’ve some more bridges to build” and went on his way. 

We have much to learn from today’s readings and we could divide them in three points:

  1. Mistakes

Mistakes happen but when we do the same mistake repeatedly it’s no more a mistake but a choice. Mistakes by choice can hurt others and us badly. When someone hurts us it is not easy to keep quiet. Hence anger and vengeance comes to help us and we become bitter.  To keep quiet our ego will not let us and by guarding our ego and pride we have made our homes and our surroundings not best places to live. We get easily irritated, frustrated, angry, impatient, and wild as we deal with the mistakes of others. Why do we behave that way at the mistakes of others? The word itself suggests that we Take that which others have Missed. It is receiving with a bad disposition. Did we listen to the readings of today carefully? What does the Lord speak to us? 

2. Forgiveness

He calls us to follow his example of forgiving. It is giving out, not accumulating. When we give out we have an empty space to fill in the better things. It is like donating the blood. There is a better chance for me to grow better blood in my body as I donate my blood and at the same time help those who are in need. Forgiveness is first of all a healing. The first reading is reminding us that we should show pity, or forgive others then only we an ask for forgiveness or pity from God. And Jesus through the parable of the unforgiving servant is telling us that forgiveness should be unlimited. Just imagine the faults that we have been committing in our every day life! As humans as we are, we are prone to sin and do mistakes. If we have to count our mistakes they will be innumerable. We don’t deserve to be condemned but given the chance every moment we falter. If I don’t give chance today to other, tomorrow I might be in that person’s place! What you get today I’ll get tomorrow. Forgiveness is first of all beneficial for the giver and surely healing for the receiver. 

3. Consecration

The best way to live our life is in consecration as St. Paul asks us all in today’s second reading. If we live we live for the Lord and if we die we die for the Lord, so that alive or dead we belong to the Lord. Living for the Lord is nothing but living in his values. Dying for the Lord means dying to keep up the truth and love and dying to unforgiving attitude of us.  When we consecrate our life to the love of God and of our neighbours we will be the bridge builders and not fence builders in life. God bless us all. Amen. 

Sunday, September 06, 2020

23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Day of the Girl Child

Ezek 33:7-9; Ps 94[95]:1-2, 6-9; Rom 13:8-10; Mt 18:15-20

 ‘So you, mortal, I have made a sentinel for the house of Israel’ (Ezek 33:7)

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Dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, as we are celebrating the 23rd Sunday of the ordinary time we are given an opportunity to reflect on three things:

  1. Criticism and intention

There is a saying, ‘An unexamined life is not worth living.’ We live on earth to be happy and healthy yet not at the cost of others. Mistakes will happen knowingly and unknowingly. But, we can’t continue our life committing mistakes, always.  So we need self-check or constructive criticism by someone who has the better knowledge and the best intention of bringing us to the right path. Right or wrong has it’s own perspective in the eyes of each individual. Certain things what we do is right for some wrong for some. We also should have something called ‘common sense’ to live our lives well. 

Constructive criticism is and always helpful for a person’s growth as the intention is not destructive. Just criticism for the sake of criticising could be dangerous as it comes out of jealousy or hatred and malice. 

2. Fraternal correction

Correction is a difficult thing for many to accept and to give. Not everyone is well disposed to the correction.  The Lord in the Gospel is giving us the best way to adapt a way of correction. First, face to face dialogue. Which is very important in our small villages as the gossips are very easily spread! Talk to the person if we have any disagreement. If we have a problem with my family member we don’t discuss it outside the family. We try to solve it within the family. 

Second is, call to or three to discuss; this is when the person doesn’t agree to correct oneself. Which is normal procedure. 

Third is to go to the larger community or church to discuss the matter when the person is still not accepting the fault. The fourth step is interesting: the Lord says if the person doesn’t listen to any of these, treat him like a pagan or a tax collector. What does this mean? He means that we should treat the person who has the chance to come back to the fold, who needs better opportunity and better understanding of the way of life. It doesn’t mean that we should ex-communicate that person. 

3. Guardian

The first reading was inspirational in coining this particular point. The Lord appoints prophet Ezekiel a sentry over the Israelites. St. Francis of Assisi wanted to call his superior as guardian just because there is no one who is superior over others. All are brothers and sisters, the children of God and we should assume the role f guardian over our little ones who need guidance. 

One summer evening after a festal hour of singing and dancing the whole tribe sat around the chieftain. He began to speak to them: “If you have quarrelled with a brother and you have decided to kill him,” as he spoke he looked directly at the one of the group, “first sit down, fill your pipe and smoke it. When you have finished smoking you will realize that death is too severe a punishment for your enemy for the fault he has committed, and you decide to give a good whipping instead. Then you fill your pipe a second time and smoke it to the bottom. By then you feel that the lashes will be too much and instead some simple words of reproof would be sufficient. Then when the third time you have filled your pipe and smoked it to the finish, you will be better convinced that the better thing to do is going to that brother and embrace him.

Let us pray for and wear the attitude of Christ today. Amen. 

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Sunday, August 30, 2020 

22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time 

Jer 20:7-9; Ps 62[63]:2-6, 8-9; Rom 12:1-2; Mt 16:21-27

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 “What will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life?” (Mt 16:26)

 A group of mountaineers was climbing a steep mountain. The leader warned them the weather may not be suitable, yet all of them started trekking enthusiastically. Soon some of them started growing weary and tired. They found some place and let others carry on their journey. When they reached another green pasture some others pulled off the trekking. But the leader with five more trekkers reached a flat place, one of the five said that others are down and they are at the higher place than them and they could be there and go back. But the leader said that the scene at the summit of the mountain is incomparable with anything. They reached the summit and had the glorious vision from the highest point. 

Our life could be compared to the mountaineering. The troubles of life easily tire some of us. Some are satisfied with the minimum. Some give up but those who endure will reach the summit of life. We can understand this by three things:

  1. Suffering and pain

As we listen these words I can see that some faces start fading. No one likes suffering or pain, or trials, and difficulties. Fair enough! But we also have heard our elders saying, without pain no gain. Sufferings of our own self or of others can teach us the great lessons of life. I know that when we get pricked we don’t want to feel pain; let us be also cautious that if we don’t feel pain we may be having leprosy. A calm sea doesn’t make a good sailor. Hence one who has not gone through the suffering will never learn to how to live life efficiently. There are mainly two kinds of sufferings or crosses: inevitable and inflicted. We don’t have control over the inevitable ones like natural calamities, diseases, virus like corona and others. Criminal acts of murder, rape, etc., are inflicted ones. They affect us physical or mentally. 

Sufferings come even for doing good things and Jeremiah tells us that even preaching the gospel can bring about sufferings and he suffered himself. Let us be aware of those who are suffering today due to whichever reason!

2. Standard of God and Standard of humans

In the phase of facing our sufferings, difficulties and crosses of life we reveal our standard. What is original standard of humans? Be comfortable, avoid complications and enjoy life. In pursuit of this standard humanity has lost everything. That is what the Lord is asking us as of what’s the use of gaining everything on earth and losing the soul?  Peter also acted with this same instinct even after he confirmed Jesus as the ‘Christ and the Son of the living God.’ The Lord teaches us today that we can’t run away from the pain, sufferings and crosses of life. We need to face them. When we face them, they will not have upper hand on us as we trust in God and face everything. Jesus re-assures us that we will pass through it and when we pass through we will have better reward waiting for us. If we hold on to human standards we will be a stumbling block for others to carry out the will of God. 

3. Self-sacrifice

What Jesus asks of us is the self-sacrifice and St. Paul confirms this in the second reading today. If all the human beings had understood this aspect of life this world would have been a better place to live for all. Today what each one thinks of is about oneself alone. Today there is so much of suffering, trouble, pain, loss, agony and negativity in and around our life and in the world. Most of us are asking God as of why is He not doing something about it. He too is asking the same question to us “What are you doing?” Let us aspire to inspire before we expire. Amen. 

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Sunday, August 23, 2020 

21st Sunday of Ordinary Time 

Isa 22:19-23; Ps 137[138]:1-3, 6, 8; Rom 11:33-36; Mt 16:13-20

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 “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven…” (Mt 16:19)

A certain little girl, when asked her name, would reply, “I’m Mr. Sugarbrown’s daughter. “Her mother told her this was wrong, she must say, “I’m Jane Sugarbrown. “The Vicar spoke to her in Sunday School and said, “Aren’t you Mr. Sugarbrown’s daughter?” She replied, “I thought I was, but mother says I’m not.”

Dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ,

Today’s readings give us an opportunity to reflect on three things:

  1. Nature of God

The last week we reflected that God doesn’t belong to a certain religious sect or a tradition, or a group of people. Today we are trying to understand the nature of God. St. Paul declares it very efficiently saying that it is impossible to know or understand the motives of God. We can’t compare Him to anything. He is not this or that. He is full of wisdom and knowledge. No one can give him counsel. He is the alpha and the omega that is beginning and the end. God is love and loves all. Love is his nature. When we are inspired by that love we are able to know God as much as we can as Christ His Son has revealed Him to us. 

2. Identity of Christ

Jesus Christ is the Son of God and he particularly came to reveal the Father and His love to the humanity. Knowing Christ makes the job of knowing God a bit easier as the Jesus Christ Himself has told us that if we know Him we also know the Father. The Gospel is giving us the account where Jesus asked his disciples if they knew who they are following!  They come up with variety of answers but one that strikes is the answer of Peter; “You are the Christ, Son of the Living God.” All were giving the answer according to what they had heard and not what they had felt within. Peter’s answer comes from the heart and Jesus was happy that at least his disciples knew whom they are following. When we know the truth our responsibility increases! 

3. Our Responsibility 

Christianity is a special religion for me as it makes us realise what is the truth and makes us bear witness for that truth. First responsibility is that we know the Lord from the heart and not by hearing from others only. The next responsibility I call is WEB: Wear, Extend and Bear Christ. Wearing the attitude of Christ is the call of the day: It is done by having a non-judgemental approach towards our brothers and sisters. Extending His divine presence through our attitude is what is desired of us: it is done by the way we stay connected to God through prayer and our neighbours through empathy. Bearing the qualities of Christ is the need of the day: it is done by loving, forgiving, creating hope, and TLC. If we are able to understand what the WEB means to us we will make a difference wherever we are!  God bless us all in our journey with God and one another. Amen. 

Sunday, August 16, 2020 

20th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Isa 56:1, 6-7; Ps 66[67]:2-3, 5-6, 8; Rom 11:13-15, 29-32; Mt 15:21-28

Canaanite Woman

 “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table” (Mt 15:27)

Dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ,

Today’s readings call us to reflect on three things: 

  1. God of all

We all believe that God is one and He is the providential God. The first and the second readings of today are reminding us of this fact. God takes care of all those who are open to his promptings. God is the God of pagans or believers; he is God of the good and bad, saints and sinners. Many at times we judge and divide ourselves on the basis of religion, creed, colour and caste. God is the one creator God who has created all of us. All of us in one way or the other are disobedient to Him and He loves us unconditionally. One important thing we need to have is the open hearted disposition. God is not the property of anyone, not of the priests, neither of religious only nor the virtuous. No one can own God. God is for all and he is of all. 

2. Prayer

Prayer is the communication between God and us. Whom do we pray? One who is powerful, who has the authority to change things, who has the capacity to make the good things happen. It is not bad to keep in touch with our God who is almighty, omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. Prayer is very efficient to talk to God. But not just rattling but a sincere prayer is more important. The Gospel is giving us the model of a prayer. By the way we have many types of prayers; some demand, some command, some tell Him that they have lost and sacrificed so many things for his sake, etc., and the Gospel is giving us the model  humblest prayer. No matter what she had to bear for what she was begging of Jesus, yet the perseverant prayer heals her child. That is the quality of prayer. 

3. Perseverance

Many at times we get frustrated with the plans of God. It happens specially when atrocities strike us like thunderbolt one after another. When problems come in life they come in abundance. Today’s practical situation of lockdown, first time and in many countries second and third time; many have lost jobs, business, money, relationships, lost their beloved ones, etc. in this phase of life how to pray? The easiest temptation is to blame God, blame people, and stop praying. If we do that even the mosquito will seem to mock us in our own situation. Ants seem laughing at us. So what is needed direly is the perseverance in everything that we do and especially in our prayers. What and how do we pray? Do we pray to God as though he can give us even though we don’t deserve or do we treat God as a servant by commanding and ordering as if he were a waiter waiting on us!!!  If we have not got the desired results for our prayers St. James tells us that we don’t know how to pray indeed. 

As we are living our lives with our family and friends let us beg God to give us the grace of perseverance even yet times he seems to be silent. This Divine silence is the time to reflect and to have faith that something is going to happen surely. Let us not lose faith. Amen. 

Sunday, August 09, 2020

Sunday, August 09, 2020 

19th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Day of Prison Ministry

1 Kings 19:9, 11-13; Ps 84[85]:9-14; Rom 9:1-5; Mt 14:22-33

Jesus walks on water

 “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid” (Mt 14:27)

In the catechism class the teacher was explaining today’s gospel passage and asked the children “why did Jesus walk on the water?” there were many answers but one was very interesting one and the boy said, “Jesus did not know swimming that’s why He walked on the water.” Children think out of the box.

Today’s readings give us an opportunity to reflect on three things:

  1. Storms of life

Life is not easy as it has challenges. In the second reading St. Paul confirms that he too had so much anguish and sorrow. The sickness, loss of jobs, Covid-19  like pandemics, enmity, natural disasters, persecutions in the name of religion, caste and  creed,  Beirut like man-made calamities, deaths and accidents are common in our lifetime. Earlier we were not aware of them today we are more aware of them due to Internet and media. These can make us positive or negative depending on our disposition. For example a son of a drunkard father need not necessarily be an alcoholic or can be an alcoholic. It is up to the choice of the son. If the son has learnt the evils of the drinks he will never ever be one. Visa versa can also happen. Most of the disciples in today’s gospel were frightened due to the storm and Jesus walking over the water thinking it could be a ghost. They were close followers of Christ, yet they were frightened. 

2. Presence of God

Most of the time in time of the trouble we seek the help of the experts, try to deal with the situation by ourselves. When the things really are out of our control then only we remember that God is there to help us. The first reading is telling us that as the Prophet Elijah was expecting God in extraordinary happenings, the Lord comes in the very ordinary way, which he never expected. In life when small things happen we don’t notice them much but when big things happen we really don’t know that it was the small but many things which contributed to the result. Let us not ignore the presence of God in little things of life. It is the drop by drop the oceans are formed. God’s presence doesn’t ensure that we will not be in trouble but will surely ensure that we will not be destroyed by anything when God is with us. 

3. Focus on God

When we know God can do anything for us how can we lose focus from Him? But the trials and temptations are such that we tend to forget the power of God as we face storms of life as Peter did. Until he was able to see Jesus and focus on the Lord he was not drowning but when he saw the fury of the nature he was frightened. Jesus is asking one thing today from us that to have faith in Him and in His plans. To have focus on God our faith must be strong. When we have strong faith fear disappears. Let us remember the words of St. Paul, when God is with us no one can be against us. No force, natural or artificial will ever disturb us. Let us focus on the Lord, with faith to over come fear of life and experience freedom in the Sprit. Amen.

Sunday, August 02, 2020

Sunday, August 02, 2020 

18th Sunday of Ordinary Time, 

Isa 55:1-3; Ps 144[145]: 8-9, 15-18; Rom 8:35, 37-39; Mt 14:13-21

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 “You give them something to eat” (Mt 14:16)

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus,

A story is told about Beethoven, a man not known for social grace. Because of his deafness, he found conversation difficult and humiliating. When he heard of the death of a friend’s son, Beethoven hurried to the house, overcome with grief. He had no words of comfort to offer. But he saw a piano in the room. For the next half-hour he played the piano, pouring out his emotions in the most eloquent way he could. When he finished playing, he left. The friend later remarked that no one else’s visit had meant so much.

From the readings of today we can reflect on three things:

  1. Basic human need

Human being is bundle of needs and we know there are basic needs like food, clothing, shelter, and education. Most people who live in this part of the country are blessed, as they don’t lack these basic needs. There are so called under-privileged people in some other parts of the world. Some of their conditions are pathetic. The needs tell us all that we are all brothers and sisters who feel hunger, thirst, pains and hurts.  The Israelites were in exile and through the prophet Isaiah God re-assures them his loving care for them. These words of the first reading are apt even in this time where we are stricken with Covid -19, quarantines and lockdowns. The Lord is the only one who can give us what we need and care for all of us no matter what. Let us depend upon His providential care for us. 

2.Sharing is caring

When a person is sick, lonely, helpless or depressed that person needs being cared for. Loving them in their situation doesn’t mean that we have to hug and kiss. As we heard the story of Beethoven,  we are sure that our presence is better than our words. When the person is hungry what is expected of us is that we don’t let any need un-attended. The miracle of the multiplication of the bread and fish is nothing but the Lord’s clever way of bringing the bread and other materials for all to have immediately there and then. It’s the miracle of the attitudes and a good disposition. It is not how many people were there but what the Lord made them to do for the sake of their poor and hungry neighbours. So let us learn the truth that we care by sharing. 

3. Call of compassion

We all feel compassion, and we have experienced that genuine compassion from others. Many at times we just feel pity and the result is that we don’t act on it. As Christians and Catholics we are given a call to follow the leader Jesus Christ. Whenever he saw the plight of the people he felt compassion and immediately reached out to them take it for sicknesses like leprosy, blindness, lameness, or needs like hunger as of today’s Gospel, and consolation to the bereaving as he raised the dead to life. He said that he is the living water.  And ultimately he understood the spiritual hunger of us and he became the living bread as he gave his life upon the cross.

Today we are in a similar situation where there is much need. Shall we resolve that if we see any need we will not let it go unattended? May the Lord of love and compassion give us the true sense of “Sharing is caring” Amen. 

Sunday, July 26, 2020 

17th Sunday of Ordinary Time

1 Kings 3:5, 7-12; Ps 118[119]:57, 72, 76-77, 127-130; Rom 8:28-30; Mt 13:44-52

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“The kingdom of heaven” (Mt 13:44, 45, 47)

An experiment was conducted with two boys one pessimistic and the other optimistic.  The pessimistic boy was given all the modern toys in the room and the optimistic boy was given a yard full of horse dung to play with. The first boy soon came out and said he was bored but the second boy asked for a shovel. When asked ‘why?’ he said that if there is so much of horse dung, there could be pony somewhere. 

Dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ,

Today we have three things to reflect upon: 

  1. Wisdom:

Those who don’t have wisdom are called Idiots. Wisdom plays a great role in our life. We get wisdom from so many sources. The scriptures say that wisdom is the gift of God as the first reading is confirming this fact. We acquire wisdom by experience of our own life and of others. Wisdom comes from victories and also from failures. These victories and failures need not be necessarily ours it could be of others. The one who learns from one’s own mistake is wise. One who learns from the mistakes of others is wiser and one who learns by hearing of the mistakes of others is the wisest. 

Today’s leaders need a lot wisdom and in simple words the common sense. If all the leaders, parents, and all those in responsibility had this divine gift, the world would have been a better place. 

2. Treasure 

There are treasure hunters in the world and when they find we know how joyful they feel. The kingdom of God is referred to as the treasure today in the Gospel. What it means is that the Kingdom of God is very precious and we need to set our hearts and eyes on it. If we make anything worldly our treasure we will be disappointed. Money, power, prestige, pleasure etc., will come to an end one day or the other. All the sacrifices that we try to acquire the worldly will also be futile. But to even a smallest sacrifice to acquire heavenly kingdom is fruitful. What is our treasure? Ego and feelings can’t be as they get hurt, money finishes, authority is not permanent, pleasure is limited, jobs and occupations are not guaranteed. Hence the Lord and his virtues should be the true treasure. So it is aptly said to seek the kingdom of god; when we do that all other things will be added unto us. 

3. Life

Until we are alive we can be someone and something. When we adorn our lives with the qualities of Christ, the life itself become a precious treasure. When we consider life as the treasure we will start appreciating everything that comes in life. We will be optimistic even though life goes through trials, temptations and tragedies. If we don’t consider life as the treasure, we will take it for granted, we become pessimistic, we will lose opportunities and regret. In life opportunities come very rarely and when they come let us not hesitate to move forward.  We are all alive to spread and taste the kingdom of God by our smile, care and concern, fellow feeling, love and forgiveness. Life is good when we have a positive attitude and life is rich when we have the true disposition of happiness along with health. Let us not lose the treasure of life, which the Lord has given to us by any negative disposition. Amen.