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11.01.2010 THEY LEFT THEIR NETS

Posted under Reflections on January 10th, 2010 by
 

Then they abandoned their nets and followed him. (Mk 1,18)

…they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with 
the hired men and followed him.(Mk 1,20)
 
 
Every following demands a leaving.
Leaving of someone/something.
 
If one wants  to follow a successful life
then he/she leaves behind the ways that  lead to failure
 
If one wants a particular purposeful life
then he/she leaves the present life
 
If one wants a new life in Christ (Like PAUL)
Then he leaves the old life of Adam.
 
We can go on saying the same.
 
In the present story Peter, Andrew, James, and John
leave behind the nets and their father.
 
Peter and Andrew were casting their nets in the  sea for a catch.
While they were in their job – as they were doing their job
they leave and follow. Not after much reflection
and prayer and consultation and discernment.
They hear the call and they go at once.
 
So also James and John,they were mending their nets
may be after a catch or getting ready for a catch
and when called they leave behind and follow.
 
In as much as follwoing is important 
so also leaving something behind is important
 
Many a times we like to keep something with us ( for security)
and try to follow also the invitation.
 
Following demands ( it seems so) a total leaving behind of 
things and persons.
 
It is also following a person (JESUS) not an ideology
or a principle or a dogma.
 
Following a person seems to be easy.
But leaving behind !!!
 
We like to walk forward (follow),but looking behind
and not leaving behind.
 
LEAVE YOUR NETS THAT ENTANGLE YOU
NETS THAT NAIL YOU TO A PLACE
NETS THAT HOLD YOU WITH SOME ONE
YES LEAVE THE NETS BEHIND AND
WALK FREE TO FOLLOW
 
   
 
 
 
 

10.01.2010 BAPTISM

Posted under Reflections on January 8th, 2010 by

 "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased." Lk 3,22

One would expect the voice to say " I Baptize you in the name…"
A liturgical sacramental formula.
 
But the voice says " "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased."
The voice speaks of relationship (my son), 
and the outcome of this is happiness, satisfaction, a pleasant feeling.
So Baptism is that of building relationship.
God is pleased, happy and satisfied when there is relationship.
Our God is a God of relationship.
In fact God is relationship (TRINITY).
God demands from the people of Israel to care for orphans, 
widows and strangers.
These three groups of people are 
people who have lost their relations.
Orphans have lost their parents.
Widow has lost her husband.
Strangers have none of their relations
in the land of sojourn.
These are the people who have no relations.
They need relations to live.
God does not want anyone to live without relations.
God wants all persons to be with relations.
Whenever a relationship is expressed or lived 
then there is Baptism.
Through Baptism we relate to God
Through Baptism we relate to the members of the church
Through Baptism we relate all who believe in God
So Baptism is the starting point of building relationships.
That was what the public ministry of Jesus.
He went about saying that all belong to God 
and all are related to God (OUR FATHER…)
and if the relationship was broken he was 
reconciling them and asking them to return to God
This is building up Gods Kingdom.
What is BAPTISM to me?

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