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26.02.2017 FEAR NOT

Posted under Reflections on February 25th, 2017 by

GOSPEL READING: Mt 6:24-34

There are people who present the world as a place of sadness, suffering and with all sorts of negative feelings one can attach to it. They go about gloomy, dull and always looking for pity from others. Pharisees were, to an extend, considered the world and the situations around them as negative.

The passage that we have for reflection today presents a different picture of Jesus. When he said to his followers not to worry about tomorrow or not to be anxious; he taught them by example. He lived the present moment so well that he celebrated the Goodness of God in his life. And this in fact made him happy. He was not talking about a God who was distant from the world. He was talking about a God who was interested in the beauty of things, involved in the lives of the people,

When Jesus said not to worry about food and drinks and clothes, he was not meaning to make us all beg or go about ugly. He wanted us to have right priorities. What he said was this: put the world first then you will end up miserable, but put God first then you get the whole world thrown in. Happiness, joy, peace, beauty, excitement, celebration and all come in our way when we put God first.

கவலைப்படுபவர்களிடம் நம்பிக்கை இருக்காது. நம்பிக்கையில் வாழ்பவர்கள் கவலைப்படமாட்டார்கள். நம்பிக்கையில் வாழ்பவர்கள் கடவுளை முன்னிலைப்படுத்துவார்கள். இவ்வுலகில் நடக்கும் அனைத்தும் இறைவனின் பராமரிப்பே. நம்பிக்கை தேவை.

25.02.2017 CHILDREN

Posted under Reflections on February 24th, 2017 by

GOSPEL READING: Mk 10:13-16

This passage gives us a new lesson when we read it in line with the previous one (Mk 10:1-12). In the previous passage Jesus disputes with the Pharisees regarding divorce. He makes them think in line with the original plan of God. He also teaches the disciples the evil that is in divorce. Here we see Jesus with the children. Are these children without their parents? Is this situation an outcome of the families that are divorced?

The saying of Jesus, (“Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.”) goes only to show that kingdom of God is not about disputes or arguments. Kingdom is not about who is right or wrong. It is not about moral concerns (though it will play its role). The Kingdom is about belonging.

Jesus embraced the children and blessed them. These actions of Jesus show that he is at peace with this situation. Here Jesus does even preach to them or tell them what to do. It is all about welcoming, entering, belonging, embracing and blessing. Kingdom is action packed. Actions are, all of them positive and enriching.

‘சிறு பிள்ளைகளை என்னிடம் வர விடுங்கள். அவர்களைத் தடுக்காதீர்கள். ஏனெனில் இறையாட்சி இத்தகையோருக்கே உரியது. இறையாட்சியைச் சிறு பிள்ளையைப்போல் ஏற்றுக் கொள்ளாதோர் அதற்கு உட்படமாட்டார் என உறுதியாக உங்களுக்குச் சொல்கிறேன்” என்று சொல்லுவதன் வழியாக இறையாட்சி என்பது வாதங்களிலும் மோதல்களிலும் அல்ல மாறாக சார்ந்திருப்பதில் உள்;ளது என்பதைக் கூறுகிறார்.

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