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25.06.2021 — Gifts of Imperfection

Posted under Reflections on June 24th, 2021 by

12th Week in Ord. Time, Friday – 25th June 2021 — Gospel: Mt 8,1-4

Gifts of imperfection

Leprosy’s contagion and its revolving visible impact have expelled the lepers from their own society. This shameful disease brings out a realization that one is unfit or imperfect. However, putting up with shame and imperfection and having a singular motive of attaining holistic wholeness, this leper knelt before Jesus, breaking his barriers. If we share our shame with the wrong person, they can easily add one more feather to the fairy tales. Instead we need someone who is deeply rooted, able to bend, doesn’t put us to shame, and most of all, we need someone who embraces us for our struggles. The leper having found Jesus to be one such person plucked up courage to go beyond his limits. Courage leads to compassion, which on the part Jesus bestows a form of blessing. When we’re looking for compassion, it’s about connecting with the right person at the right time about the right issue. Although the leper felt totally exposed to shame, yet completely loved and accepted by Jesus. Finally, Jesus’ exhortation to follow the Torah reestablishes his connection with the society. Leper’s willingness to let go of his shame and his desire to strengthen his relationship with Jesus makes him perfect. That’s exactly why courage, compassion and connection are the gifts of imperfection. When we’re willing to be imperfect and real, these gifts just keep giving life.

Faithful Response’s

Posted under Reflections on June 23rd, 2021 by

Nativity of John the Baptist, Wednesday – 24th June 2021 — Gospel: Lk 1,57-66,80

Faithful Response’s

The Gospel today relates the birth and naming of John the Baptist. It was truly a joyous time as God’s blessing rested abundantly on Zachariah and Elizabeth. In their old age, God sent them a baby boy, as He promised. On the eighth day, at the naming of the infant, the relatives thought that the boy would be named Zechariah, after his father or someone else in the family. The relatives and neighbours were shocked when Elizabeth insisted on the name “John.” To get the final decision, they made signs to muted Zechariah. He wrote “His name is John” on a tablet. The people all marveled. But it was even more of a surprise when they noticed that the power of speech had returned to Zechariah as soon as he wrote “John”. Biblical naming signified special calling. The name “John” means “the graciousness of God,” because he would announce God’s graciousness in the coming of the Messiah – Jesus.  Despite the controversy, we see the unwavering faith, determination, and obedience of Zechariah and Elizabeth in fulfilling the will of the Lord by naming their boy “John.” Obedience is the response of a faithful person. St.Thomas Aquinas has said, “Obedience unites us so closely to God that, in a way, transforms us into him, so that we have no other will but His.”

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