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August 25th, 2013

Questions From Jesus Christ

Questions From Jesus Christ

Lets take a look at some of the important questions asked by our Lord Jesus Christ. These are the questions that HE wants answers to.

1. How many loaves do you have? (Matthew 15:34)

Loaf or bread represents my Word. You cannot survive with the earthly bread alone, you need ME, the bread that came down to give you eternal life. I am the Word made flesh. MY WORD is eternal. Strive therefore to LEARN MY WORD. How many scriptures do you know by-heart? Can you call to mind and recite at least a couple of them in a crisis? Do you practice living by MY WORD? Just as you satisfy your hunger better by having more loaves, the more the number of scriptures in your heart, the better your life.

2. Who do people say the Son of Man is? (Matthew 16:13)

At Baptism you were given a responsibility and that was to bear witness to me. If today your friends and those close to you don’t experience my love through you, there is something seriously wrong with you and your life. What you show them is what they think I am. Your life as a Christian is so very ordinary that people around you don’t see the need for change. Sometimes the kind of witness you bear, gives them the feeling that they are better off being what they are. Isn’t it time your life became a testimony?

3. But who do you say that I am? (Matthew 16:15)

Am I a doctor who cures you, or a policeman who ensures law and order in your life, or a Judge who grants you justice? Am I a miracle man who works miracles? Seriously what is your answer? Who am I to you and what is the place that you have given me in your life? If you have grown in your relationship with me, you will declare what my disciple Thomas once declared – My Lord and My God.

4. Woman where are they, has no one condemned you? (John 8:10)

After all your sins and the damage that you have done to your chance of spending eternity with me, in my infinite mercy I am giving you another opportunity to start life afresh. I forgive you and urge you to set things right because I may not give you another chance.

5. Do you want to be well? (John 5:6)

You are physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually ill. While a doctor may be able to heal you physically and a counselor or psychologist may heal you emotionally or intellectually, only my Word can heal you completely. Yes only my Word can heal you physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. Establish a relationship with me and witness the change in your life.

6. Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God? (Luke 17:18)

When I work a miracle for non-Christians they respond by thanking me and dedicating their life to me. As a Catholic how have you responded to the many graces and blessings that I have showered on you? I am pained to see you living a life of ingratitude and recklessness.

7. If even the smallest things are beyond your control, why are you anxious about the rest (Luke 12:26)

If you have no control over as small a thing as the hair on your head, why worry about your business, career, finances and relationships? Entrust them to me because I made them for you. Remember they were made for you. You are not made for them. Work for the spread of my Gospel and the glory of my Kingdom and watch how everything else in your life falls in line one by one. When you start working for me, I will start working over your business, career, finances and relationships.

8. So, could you not watch with me one hour? (Matthew 26:40)

Until and unless you knowingly and willingly spend at least an hour in prayer with me how can you expect our relationship to grow stronger and better. I am not referring to your family prayers but to your personal prayer.

9. Do you believe I can do this? (Matthew 9:28)

When you pray to me, do you believe in your heart of hearts that I am in control of your life and that I do everything for your good? Do you believe that you will receive that which you are praying for? What will be the status of your faith if I choose to give you an answer (to your prayer) that is different from what you anticipate. Will you still have faith in me and put your trust in me.

10. What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life and what can one give in exchange for his life ? (Matthew 16:26)

You are a soul that has been granted a body for a specific mission. Know that your Soul is very precious and that it has been designed for eternity. I give you the option to choose where you want to spend eternity. Aim for heaven so that even if you are not able to make it, you will have a chance of entering it someday through what ever purification you undergo in purgatory. Do not aim for purgatory, because if you miss purgatory, then the place that you would go to is hell.

– – – written by Laajan Miranda

August 25th, 2013

Kurisumai Koodevaran – Malayalam Christian Album

Kurisumai Koodevaran

Album : Kurisumai Koodevaran
Composer: Fr. Louimariyadas

1. Ange Thirumurivukalil – Kester

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2. Ange Thirumurivukalil – Elizabeth

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3. Ellaam Nin Daanamalle Easo – Fr. Louimariyadas

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4. Ellaam Nin Danamalle Easo – Uma Vinod

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5. Idayanaam Udayon – Kester

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6. Divya Kaarunyamai – Vinod

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7. Paadathil Ambilikkala – Bijunarayan

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8. Prabhathamunarnnu – K.G. Markose

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9. Vinnile Venmanju – M.G. Sreekumar

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10. Manassinte Manicheppil – G. Venugopal

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11. Maanassa Veenayil – Bijunarayanan

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Click on the play button under each of the above Malayalam devotional songs from the album ‘Kurisumai Koodevaran’. This beautiful album is composed by Fr. Louimariyadas.

The 11 tracks in this mallu christian devotional album include Ange Thirumurivukalil – Kester, Ellaam Nin Daanamalle Easo – Fr. Louimariyadas, Idayanaam Udayon – Kester, Divya Kaarunyamai – Vinod, Paadathil Ambilikkala – Bijunarayan, Prabhathamunarnnu – K.G. Markose, Vinnile Venmanju – M.G. Sreekumar, Manassinte Manicheppil – G. Venugopal, Ellaam Nin Danamalle Easo – Uma Vinod, Maanassa Veenayil – Bijunarayanan and Ange Thirumurivukalil – Elizabeth.

My personal favorite among these 11 songs is the song ‘Ange thirumurivukalil enne marakkename, Ange thiruhrudayathil enne eruthename’. Please listen to this song, either the male version by Kester or the female version by Elizabeth. This song will surely touch you as it had touched me and millions around the world. God bless you all.

August 18th, 2013

Spiritual and Emotional Charity

Spiritual and Emotional Charity

Charity is the theological virtue by which we love God above all things for his own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God. Normally we put charity as love of neighbor. But mostly we limit it in the physical capacities. For example we can say charity is feeding the poor, helping the needy, giving shelter to the orphan.

But this only involves food, shelter and clothing which are only the physical aspect of charity. The physical aspect of charity is called almsgiving. But there is much more to charity than just alms-giving. We need to increase in love so that we can see spiritual and emotional charity, the two important forms of expressing love based on the two greatest commandments taught by Jesus Christ.

Spiritual Charity

a) Jesus says, “Love your God with all your heart and all your mind.” So loving God means always thinking about him, seeking his presence, giving him the first priority in life. This means never missing an opportunity to be with him, always desiring more and more time spent with him. To seek the Holy Spirit and relish his gifts and charisms.

b) The next one is always thanking him irrespective of all circumstances, because only he is worthy of all praise and honor from his people. We must always remember his wonders in our lives as well as thank him for sending us his son for our salvation. He always desires that we adore and praise him. Like our Lord Jesus Christ, we must accept God’s will in our lives and always give thanks to him.

c) Loving his Church, the living body of Christ is our duty and responsibility. We are called to obey and support the holy Catholic Church. To understand what the Church teaches and clearing all misconceptions about our faith is our duty. To remain strong in faith and obedience to the Church till the Lord comes again is our duty. Taking Mother Mary as our example we must always live with the Father and the Son in the Holy Spirit when on earth.

d) God does not differentiate between Jews , Muslims or Buddhists. All are part of his creation. He would like each one of his sheep to be saved. He would also desire that his children live in peace when on earth. So let carry out our Christ’s command in proclaiming the gospel to the ends of the earth in whatever ways possible by us. Let us remember God’s love for the world. That he gave his Son for each person on this earth whom he willfully created.

e) God reigns from the everlasting to the everlasting. He has given us life, and with his abundant mercy forgives and heals us even though we fail frequently. We must not take for granted any of his blessings he has bestowed upon us. We must not take pride or credit for his blessings. Even faith is a gift which he gives freely to his children. We must acknowledge and testify to his presence and blessings in our lives.

Emotional Charity

a) Jesus says, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Judging or pointing out others mistakes is not charity. Instead appreciating them as a gift of God, we must respect and encourage them with compassion and benevolence. We must remember to pray for them. Jesus said, “everyone who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother shall be liable to the council, and whoever says, `You fool!’ shall be liable to the hell of fire.”(Mt 5:22).

b) Sometimes we are forced to lie or avoid the truth in order to remain worthy/great in the eyes of another person. Sometimes to cut the conversation short or to escape punishment we use this way out. Jesus says in John 17:19 “And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be consecrated in truth.” Here we see how Jesus is consecrating himself with truth. If we are not consecrated in truth, we are not partakers of Christ who is himself the truth, the way and the life.

c) We are recognized as Christians not only by faith but also by our works. We must always practice what we preach, without acting like hypocrites. We must live in such a way that inspires all around us to live a holy life. We must exude love always and everywhere we go. Jesus tells us,” You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”(Mt 5:48) It is our duty to inspire and encourage others around us to live in with hope and consolation in our Lord Jesus Christ.

d) Jesus says in Matthew 10:16, “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” In the verses that follow Jesus says that you will be flogged, mocked, persecuted for me. We must not find ways and means to escape this pain. Instead remembering our Lord’s passion we must bear it with patience. By saying wise as serpents, Jesus is calling us to be aware of the vain promises and schemes of the evil one. To always lookout for the traps the evil one sets for us in our daily lives.

e) “Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the man by whom the temptation comes!”(Mt 18:7) We must in no way be a cause for our neighbor to sin, either by looks, words or actions. We must always be charitable to others in the way we speak, act or dress such that they are not led to sin. And also we must be aware that we do not yield to such temptations like jealousy, pride or inferiority complex by the way others behave with us.

Prayer: May we be empowered by the sacrament of Holy Eucharist, through which we become one with Christ and be filled with the Holy Spirit, always seeking the will of God in our lives through the powerful intercession of our Mother Mary.

– – – written by Praveen Sebastian

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