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16.01.2010 SINNERS SAT WITH JESUS AT TABLE

Posted under Reflections on January 15th, 2010 by

 While he was at table in his house, 

many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus

 and his disciples; for there were many who followed him. Mk 2,15
Table fellowship reveals relationship.
Jesus sat at table with everyone.
His relationship was all inclusive.
His relationship had: 
  • no moral restrictions
  • no purity restrictions
  • no group restrictions
  • etc
Jesus was with a crowd of people (all inclusive)
and probably many of them (of various groups)
sat at table with him.
Jesus saw only people around him.
Scribes and Pharisees do not see people
rather they see sinners, tax-collectors etc.
They see groups of people
They see groups with names, identity, specifications,
distinctions, divisions etc.
Jesus tells us that relationship, fellowship should have 
no boundaries no restrictions.
When Jesus meets someone he sees the person in him
and not his identity, or the group he belongs to,
or his affiliation etc
If one looks at the identity, or affiliation then the 
person gets eclipsed. And he will become choosy,
group minded, narrow minded, etc
Jesus in me wants to see the person
but with my cultural, religious, social garb
I see the persons with caste, creed and colour.
Will the social, cultural, and religious EYE of mine be removed
and the EYE of Jesus be implanted.
God help me to see the people with my right (JESUS') EYE
and not with the wrong eye. 
 

15.01.2010 THEIR FAITH

Posted under Reflections on January 14th, 2010 by
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Child, your sins are forgiven." Mk 2,5
Jesus has done a few miracles in chapter one of Mark's gospel.
They are all healing miracles and chasing out of the demons.
In this chapter (Chapter two) he does, yet, another healing miracle and 
for the first time the element of faith comes to play.
But interestingly it is not the faith of the one who is healed.
When Jesus saw the faith of the four who were carrying the sick
he heals the one who is carried.
Here again it is Jesus who sees the faith of the four.
They have not expressed in anyway except in carrying 
the sick with the intention of being healed.
They express this intention in a singular way 
by bringing the sick close to Jesus
even by removing the roof of the house.
Faith expressed in an extraordinary way works miracle.
Also the one who is to be healed has to be near Jesus
even though he does not seem to express his faith in anyway.
It is because he is sick, that he has not expressed his faith or 
he is not able to express it.
But he is brought close to Jesus.
That is why we ask others to pray for our intentions.
Prayers and faith of a third person can work wonders.
St. Augustine was converted on the prayer of his mother.
And there are many more examples.
Faith in GOD (here in Jesus) and closeness to Jesus
seem to be factors that work miracle.
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