THE HEART OF A HUMBLE SERVANT Lk 14:1, 7-11

I think that it is always important for us to reflect upon passages like this one in the light of our own lives. We should try to remember that the way that we see a given situation might not necessarily be the way that God sees it. In fact, if we read through the Gospels carefully I think that we will discover that Jesus often demonstrates an ability to assess a situation very differently from those around Him. This is not to say that our understanding is often necessarily wrong but let us not presume that we necessarily understand the whole mind of God about it every time!

It comes down to a question of humility rather than presumption that we are in the right. And even though we may objectively speaking be in the right, there can still be reasons why we might need to treat the situation in a way other than our initial assessment. St Paul makes this clear when he talks about deferring some courses of action in favor of the person who has a weaker conscience (c.f. 1Cor 8).

There is something within each of us that seeks to exalt ourselves. This is a residue of Original […]

By |October 31st, 2015|Uncategorized|1 Comment

THE PARENTAL INSTINCT OF PROTECTION Lk 13:31-35

There is a story about how after a fire had swept through his farmyard the farmer was walking through it to inspect the damage. When he came to what was the charred body of a hen he kicked it with disgust thinking that surely the hen should have had enough instincts to fly away from the fire rather than sit on the ground and let it overtake her! On dislodging the charred mess of a hen he discovered that beneath the mother hen were her chickens. The amazing miracle is that the chickens were alive! It was only then that the farmer realized that the mother hen hade given her life to save her offspring. She had gathered them under her wings and thus protected them from the fury of the flames! In staying still over her chickens she had at least saved their lives. Her instinct as a mother was greater than that to preserve her own life!

This is the image that comes to my mind as I read about the desire of Jesus to gather the people of Israel together under the protective cover of His love. Knowing that Jesus later gives His life on the cross for […]

By |October 30th, 2015|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

SALVATION IS AN ETERNAL REALITY Lk 13:22-30

The way that some people live their lives gives me an impression that they believe that once we die there is nothing more to follow this life. For me, this makes me very sad, as our lives here on earth are a preparation for an eternity of life with God or without Him. This makes the choices we make here very serious ones. When we consider that we attach eternal realities to our moral decisions, it seems to me that we should take this aspect of our lives very seriously.

It is good to reflect upon this issue often! When we are making decisions concerning how we should spend our money it cannot be a decision that is focused solely upon our own desires and pleasure. Each of us is called to love our neighbor as Jesus has loved us. This means that we cannot live totally individualistic lives as if we are laws unto ourselves. We do have a moral responsibility to do what we can to alleviate the sufferings of others, and we should certainly be ensuring that we are not contributing to their sufferings by our own negligence or action.

In the Gospel Jesus speaks of the reality of […]

By |October 29th, 2015|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

STRENGTH THROUGH WEAKNESS Rom. 8:26-30.

Paul’s statement that, “The Spirit helps us in our weakness,” is an interesting one to ponder for a little while. What does this really mean? It suggests literally that the Spirit comes to aid us in those areas of our lives were we are weak within ourselves. This is a good thing because we all know that the strategy of Satan is to attack us in our weakest areas as well. With the Spirit on our side we ought to win every time!

We can also draw from this statement the idea that it is precisely where we are weak that we will most easily find or see the work of God in our lives. God wants to help us at our weakest point to build us up so that we can whether the trials and temptations of life more easily. This does not mean that He does his work and then leaves us to our own devices while He goes off to help somebody else. I think one of the keys to effectively grow in holiness is to understand that we constantly need the help of God in our lives and particularly in our weaknesses.

We are never fully weaned from […]

By |October 28th, 2015|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

THE VIRTUE OF HOPE Rom. 8:18-25.

One of the Theological Virtues is hope. (The other two are faith and love) In the text we have from St Paul’s Letter to the Romans, we are presented with a wonderful description of what hope does for a Christian. Hope opens us up to the glory of God. Hope awakens within us the desire to share in the Glory of God! Despite the situations of sin that we can see and come into contact with daily, we are not completely depressed because we have the hope of eternal life and eternal glory in our hearts.

Do you know what the best thing about Christian hope is? Do you know how it is different from ordinary hope? Well, ordinary hope is almost like wishing. There is no certainty that it will happen. For example: I hope that I will win Lotto! Sorry, I cannot guarantee that! But when a Christian says, “I hope in the gift of eternal life,” we are not just wishing because we KNOW that Jesus has won the battle over sin and death and thus we are destined to share eternal life with Him.

Does that mean I am definitely saved from my sins? Yes and No! Yes, […]

By |October 27th, 2015|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

Love your brokenness

While the rest of the world either denies or runs away from their weakness, Jesus teaches us to love our brokenness. Fr Bony Abraham MGL speaks about his personal journey of discovering the merciful love of Jesus in this homily for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary time. RIGHT-CLICK TO DOWNLOAD

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Love your brokenness

While the rest of the world either denies or runs away from their weakness, Jesus teaches us to love our brokenness. Fr Bony Abraham MGL speaks about his personal journey of discovering the merciful love of Jesus in this homily for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary time.

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Love your brokenness

While the rest of the world either denies or runs away from their weakness, Jesus teaches us to love our brokenness. Fr Bony Abraham MGL speaks about his personal journey of discovering the merciful love of Jesus in this homily for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary time.

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LIVING IN THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT Rom. 8:1-11.

For the first seven chapters of the letter to the Romans Paul has been preparing us for his expose of the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives. He has detailed the proliferation of sin (Chapters 1-3); he has described the roots of faith in the Scriptures (Chapter 4); he has detailed that it is through the death and resurrection of Jesus that we share in the victory of God over sin (Chapter 5), death (Chapter 6) and the Law (chapter 7). Now he tells us what that victory means insofar as our every day living is concerned (Chapter 8).

Salvation was only a hope until Jesus death and resurrection. The Law of God, even though it is holy cannot save us from our sins. But in Jesus Christ God has done what the Law could not do and we share in that victory through the Holy Spirit who dwells within us. This is the way He has chosen to redeem us. The redemption is accomplished and all that remains is to apply it to our lives.

Paul thus exhorts us to be men and women of the Spirit; to put aside the desires of the flesh that scream for our […]

By |October 24th, 2015|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

TORTURE Rom. 7:18-25.

Most of the seventh chapter of Paul’s Letter to the Romans is absolute torture to read and understand. This is rather appropriate as Paul is expressing something of the torture he experiences in trying to do defeat the powers of sin in his life! I can sympathise with him very well in this regard because it is not an easy task to accomplish.

Perhaps it is a truism when they, “Dead men do not struggle.” But there are not too many better descriptions of the nature of the battle against sin in our lives. When we give up and stop struggling in this battle, sin overcomes us and death is the victor. At least if we are struggling, no matter how badly wounded, there is still hope that the Holy Spirit will come to our aid and save us from these wretched powers! This at least needs to be our hope!

We have probably all experienced at one time or another doing something that we know to be wrong but seemingly powerless to overcome the sin. It is at this stage that we most need the Holy Spirit to intervene. I know that is stating the obvious, but sometimes we need to […]

By |October 23rd, 2015|Daily Scripture|0 Comments