Posted under Reflections on February 22nd, 2010 by


If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgression.         (Mt 7,14-15)


Prayer is one of the religious activities of any religion. In fact every religion teaches its members to pray. That is why even the disciples of Jesus asked Jesus to teach them prayers. But Jesus did not give them many prayers. In fact he criticized long prayers or prayers of many words (Mt 7,6).


We know well that Jesus prayed and prayed often. He was going early in the morning to pray and there were days in which he spent the whole night in prayer. But what he prayed is not known much. His prayer was one of relationship with the Father and communication with the Father. He spent time in prayer but he did not spent words in prayer.


He picks out one element of the prayer (which he taught his disciples) for practice and that is forgiveness. Forgiveness seems to be a pre-requisite when one enters into prayer.


In forgiving, we become a model to God himself. If we forgive others, then god will forgive us. Our forgiveness of our offenders is a pre-requisite for God’s forgiveness. So we become a model for God to forgive us. God will forgive us only if we forgive.  


22.02.10 KEYS

Posted under Reflections on February 21st, 2010 by
You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.  I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Mt 16, 18-19)

Keys of the kingdom of heaven are given to Peter. They could have been given to some Angels. Jesus could have kept the keys with himself. Why does Jesus give to a human and that too a weak, failing and wavering human. We know well the character of Peter.
Does this mean that anyone could have been given? One does not have the need to possess any special human or social qualities to be given the keys.
The only quality that one needs to have is the attitude to accept the revelation of God. Peter was open to the revelation of God and it was God who revealed to Peter who Jesus was. God’s revelation seems to be the criterion for a man to have recourse to heaven or even control over heaven.
This idea is very well seen in the vocation stories of Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah   etc. Their human, social qualities were not considered. Instead they were open to God and God’s revelation. So they received blessings from heaven and they had control over the things of heaven (heavenly things)
So one could have the keys of the kingdom of heaven (like Peter) provided he is open to God’s revelation.
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