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September 30th, 2012

Are You Praying The Right Way?

Are You Praying The Right Way

In the Holy Bible, there are two types of occasions where Jesus does not respond positively to prayers.

Occasions of Praying in the Wrong Way

One is where a group of people ask Jesus to perform some miracles in their town. They asked Jesus to perform some miracles as they wanted to get excited by the miracles. None of them had a personal need or desire for a miracle. (Lk. 4:23, 23:8).

The second is where people ask Jesus to do something by complaining about somebody. ‘Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.’ But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things.’ (Lk. 10:38-41).

Here Martha is going to Jesus with a grievance. But she does not get any solutions from Jesus. But she gets only some advice from Jesus. The real need Martha had was that Martha should be able to do her work easily. And Martha should have prayed, ‘Jesus, I am burdened with a lot of work. Please make my work easy.’ Even though the grievance of Martha was genuine, she did not ask Jesus to redress her grievance. Martha did not have genuine desire to get her grievance redressed. Instead, Martha wanted and chose to blame it upon Mary, and she chose to put Mary also into the same trouble as she was facing.

Jesus did not grant what Martha had asked for. But Jesus chose to counsel her. The meaning of what Jesus told Martha was: Do not blame Mary for your troubles in life; your problems are results of your worries and distractions; Mary has no role in your facing problems; Mary is not the cause of your troubles; above all, the solution you have suggested is not going to solve your problems; stop being worried and distracted by many things, and your problems will be solved.

‘Someone in the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.’ But he said to him, ‘Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?’ (Lk 12:13-14). Again, the person who approaches Jesus is complaining about his brother. The genuine grievance he had might have been his poverty. He should have asked Jesus, ‘I am very poor. Give me enough wealth.’ But he chose to blame it upon his brother. And he wanted to get a share from the property which he had kept with him, thought illegally. Instead of trying to get his grievance redressed, he was worried about criticizing and making his brother upright.

So, instead of granting what he had asked for, Jesus counsels him: I am not going to judge and find fault with somebody as you wanted; that what you have asked me to do; do not lay the blame on your brother for your troubles; he is not the cause of your problems; and what you have suggested is not the solution for your real problems.

Prayer is not complaining

This is the way we generally pray. A wife complains about her husband to Jesus. A mother in law complains about her daughter in law to Jesus. A father complains about his son to Jesus. A son complains about his father to Jesus. A parishioner complains about his vicar to Jesus. A student complains about his teacher to Jesus and vice versa. But nobody tells Jesus his real need. And the only response from Jesus to this type of prayers is some counseling. And all say that Jesus does not heed their prayers.

So, it is very important that I pray to Jesus the right way. If our prayer is a blaming somebody for our trouble, be sure we are never going to be granted our prayer. It is not at all permissible for us to tell Jesus that somebody is the cause of our problems. When we approach Jesus, we should just tell him that we are facing this problem, and we want you to solve this problem of ours. And if we pray in this way, we can be damn sure that our problem will be solved.

– – – written by Adv. Shibu Varghese

September 27th, 2012

Inner Wounds And Their Consequences

Inner Wounds And Their Consequences

Spirituality speaks of inner wounds and their suffocative consequences. If we are wounded at any time or in any field, we tend to wound others. Healing our person from the wounds of the heart is inevitable for spiritual growth as well as happiness in living together.

It is human weakness that we never learn from incidents. A subject who is wounded from the superior never learns that the experience is painful. Why? He/she once becoming the superior start hurting the subjects. Naturally, the one who is wounded must know the pain. Therefore he/she should avoid causing pain to others. But they never change the policy. It is because of the wounds that are carved in the person.

We see politicians of the opposite party blaming the ruling party for corruption. They preach and preach with zeal against corruption. But once they come to power, they too start corruption. They have no prick of conscience to practice something which they were fighting against with tooth and nail. Sister in-laws complain of their mother in-laws. Once these daughters become mother in-laws, they borrow the behaviors which they have condemned years ago. Wounds have the tendency to wound.

Moreover the reason could be that we love the pleasures of sinning. We fight and complain, because we hate the sinners. We have no regret to practice it because we love the sin. It is our failure, that we hate the sinner and love the sin. If we hate the sin and love the sinners, the problem could be solved. There would be no problem with those who cause us pain. And we will never cherish the joy of sinning by causing pain to others.

The wound of unfulfilled desires

There is a special kind of wound that causes great dangers in our life – The wound of unfulfilled desires. It is seen commonly among the youth. There are people who buy bikes one after the other. Some are passionate with mobiles. They are not satisfied with any. The wound of unfulfilled desires trouble them. It is unfit for the youth to fall in love before the marriage. Because love break ups will cause a great wound of unfulfilled desire. Once this wound is created, they will never be satisfied in any relationship. People lack trust in others when the capacity to love is corrupted.

There are people who change house every once in a while. They are not satisfied with any. It is the same with some who change their job. It is due to the wound of unfulfilled desire in their hearts. What all these people need is a healing from the Lord. Unless our wounds in this field are healed, we are dangerous to the society and will harm our soul.

Let us pray: Lord, heal me from the wound of unfulfilled desires. They trouble me every now and then. I had many desires in my life. They all are not met during the course of life. Make me trust in you and wash me with your Precious Blood. Amen.

– – – written by Jinto Mathew

September 26th, 2012

Jesus Loves Me song

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Play the Kids Bible song ‘Jesus loves Me’

Lyrics:

Jesus loves me! This I know,
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong;
They are weak, but He is strong.

Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

Jesus loves me when I’m good,
When I do the things I should,
Jesus loves me when I’m bad,
Though it makes Him very sad.

Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

Jesus loves me! He who died
Heaven’s gate to open wide;
He will wash away my sin,
Let His little child come in.

Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

Jesus loves me! This I know,
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong;
They are weak, but He is strong.

Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

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