Are we playing God? God is Our Creator. He created each one of us and the He placed a Soul in our Inner Being where He dwells. There are many people who do not have a close relationship with God. There are many Christians and those of other religions including atheists who have somehow become criminals and are imprisoned.
Prisons are highly protected places, where prisoners are held. They lose their freedom and they are kept in for a period of time according to their crime. There are some countries who still have the death penalty. Many prisoners get life imprisonment according crime.
Indonesia still have the death penalty for Drug Traffickers. Andrew Chan and Sukumaran are two Australians who were caught in Indonesia for Drug Trafficking and are now condemned to die along with other prisoners. Their lawyers are still fighting their case and we do not know what the outcome would be but THE TIME HAS COME NOW FOR US TO PRAY THAT THE DEATH PENALTY SHOULD BE SCRAPPED.
Blessed are the Merciful for they shall receive Mercy
In Indonesia, some prisoners are rehabilitated and then they are condemned to die. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukuraman were rehabilitated in prison and then they in turn have began rehabilitation programs for their prison inmates.
God is our creator and He sent His only Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ to die for us, so that we may live. God is Merciful and He is calling each one of us to be merciful as well. So, now the time has come for each one of us to be merciful to each other. Let us begin to pray that the DEATH PENALTY ALL AROUND THE WORLD WOULD BE SCRAPPED AND LET US ALSO PRAY THAT IF PRISONERS ARE REALLY AND TRULY SORRY FOR THEIR SINS AND MISTAKES AND HAVE DECIDED TO LIVE A CLEAN LIFE, THEN THEY SHOULD BE AFTER A PERIOD OF TIME, SET FREE – BE ON PAROLE. THESE ARE PRISON TERMS.
God of Mercy and Compassion.
Let us all examine ourselves during this Lenten Season and see in what ways have we failed TO BE MERCIFUL and TRY TO BE MERCIFUL FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON.
LET US PRAY!
By Florence D’Costa
Every time we make the Stations of the Cross, are we making the journey that Jesus made on that fateful day, when he was condemned by Pilate to die on a cross, 2000 years ago? Well, Jesus Christ died and he rose again victoriously, 2000 years ago. He is now seated at the Right hand of God and He is constantly interceding for us. So, why do we make the Stations of the Cross atleast once week, during the Lenten Season?
Well, for me, I journey along with Jesus on that fateful day. I journey along with His Mother Mary. I journey with her as I can imagine how broken she was to see her only son being condemned, scourged, crowned with thorns, robed as a king and mocked as ‘The King of the Jews” and finally He was crucified and He died between two thieves. The Son of God, the Son of Mary who was God and Man – who knew no sin, became SIN by carrying the sins of the world on His shoulders. He suffered and died such a humiliating death on the cross BECAUSE OF HIS GREAT LOVE FOR YOU AND ME. He was prepared to die for us, so that we might LIVE forever with Him in Heaven.
The Old Rugged Cross by Don Meon
What happens as I journey with Jesus and Mother Mary on that fateful day? I relive the horror of that day. I look into the eyes of Jesus as He carries his cross. There is so much of pain in his eyes. He suffers physical pain, pain of rejection, humiliation, he feels alone as he walks to his death. Crowds are jeering at him women are crying for Him. He meets his mother and their eyes meet. No words pass from their lips but their hearts are wrenched in two. Which mother on earth has witnessed her innocent son who committed no sin suffer and die such a humiliating death though He was Divine and yet Man. No mother on earth, only Mother Mary.
On the cross His greatest suffering was when He carried the sins of the world on His shoulders, He cried, MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME. You see Sin and God cannot be united and hence Jesus felt forsaken by His Father in Heaven. Then Jesus said besides other things, IT IS FINISHED and He gave up HIS SPIRIT.
WHEN I look at Jesus dying on the cross, I know that after I have journeyed with Jesus and His mother, I cannot be the same person. I know now that JESUS CHRIST has given me abundant graces to become a better person. I have learnt to be ready to accept humiliation, suffering, ridicule etc all for the love of Jesus. JESUS WAS GOD AND MAN AND HE WAS SINLESS AND HE SUFFERED AND DIED FOR THE WHOLE WORLD. SO I MUST ALSO BE READY TO BE LIKE MY LORD AND MASTER.
Every Christian is persecuted in different ways and we must be ready to face persecution and so journeying with Jesus during His Most terrible Passion and Death is the best way for us to be strengthened TO BE LIKE OUR MASTER – JESUS CHRIST.
So my dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ REJOICE AND BE GLAD WHEN YOU ARE PERSECUTED FOR JESUS CHRIST ROSE VICTORIOUSLY FROM THE DEAD AND HE IS NOW SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD THE FATHER. SO, WE WILL ALSO BECOME BETTER PEOPLE WHEN WE FACE PERSECUTION BUT WE MUST FACE IT WITH LOVE AND FORGIVENESS IN OUR HEARTS TOWARDS OUR PERSECUTORS.
Our Lord Jesus Christ is calling for each one of us to Return to Him.
God is Mercy- Yes, he is merciful. He wants us to get into action. Only singing and praising God is not enough. We need to get into action. Do you have the capacity to feed the hungry, then go ahead and do so. For those of us who have the capacity to tend the hurt and wounded, let us go and help them. For those of us who have teaching skills, let us go and teach those who do not know about Jesus Christ and for those who know a little about Him, let us teach and deepen their faith. When we receive Grace freely from God, then we must go and give freely.
I suggest to you read this speech of WISDOM. WISE WORDS OF POPE FRANCIS. Yes, every individual has a VOCATION – the Laity and the Consecrated. We must be humble. Jesus Christ must be the Centre of our hearts and of our work. By Florence D’Costa.
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met members of the Rome-based lay association Seguimi (Follow Me) on Saturday on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.
In his message, the Pope spoke of the importance of the lay vocation in the Church.
Listen to the report by Laura Ieraci:
Lay people are called to permeate the family, work and social environments with Christian values through their witness and words and by meeting people in the concrete situations of their lives, so that they may live in “full dignity” and be “reached by the salvation of Christ,” said Pope Francis.
“Jesus is the fullness for every human person, revealing the mystery of the Father and of his love,” he said.
“As lay people, you are immersed in the world and you are committed to serving the human good within earthly realities,” he said.
The Pope encouraged the members of the lay association to be “lay people on the front lines, to feel part of the mission of the Church” and “to live their secularity dedicated to the realities” of the world.
“This way, you can contribute, like leaven, and put the spirit of the Gospel in the wounds of history with the witness of faith, hope and love,” he said.
The Pope noted that the lay association was founded during the Second Vatican Council and encouraged its members to continue to live their lives centered on Christ.
“Many times, even in the Church, we believe we are good Christians because we do well-organized social and charitable work,” the Pope said. “They are good things but we must not forget that the lifeblood that transforms hearts is the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Christ. Allow the Lord to occupy the centre of your heart and of your work.”
The Pope also told the association, which is comprised of married, single and consecrated lay people, to preserve and to develop their fraternal communion and exchange of talents, aimed at the human and Christian grown of all.
“Celibates and married, each in their proper state of life, meet and share an enriching experience of complementarity,” he said.
For those who are consecrated, he said the evangelical counsels in the general context of secularism requires faithfulness to the love of the Father, to Christ and his Gospel, and to the action of the Holy Spirit, who is love and freedom, as well as faithfulness to the vocation of each person in the community.
He also encouraged them to be countercultural when necessary.
“Be vigilant on your spiritual journey and help each other always to practice mutual charity, which means fending off egoism in order to be true witnesses of the Gospel,” he said
If you are elderly, sick and alone, be not afraid for Jesus Christ is with you and He will never leave you nor forsake. He is the Son of God and He died for each one of you. Take comfort for Jesus Christ does PERFORM GREAT MIRACLES FOR YOU EVERY DAY OF YOUR LIFE.
I Know Who Holds Tomorrow- Lyrics
Ephesians : 6:10-18
The Armour of God – 10 Finally, be strong in The Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil”s schemes. 12. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the power of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then with the belt of truth bucked around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the Gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God.
18 Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of Prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for the Lord’s people. UNQUOTE
My dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, it is important to PUT ON THE FULL ARMOUR OF GOD every morning.
I am a Temple of the Holy Spirit by Mother Angelica. This is an awesome talk. Good listening.
During this Season of Lent let us think deeply of Christ’s Love for each one of us. Let us draw comfort that in Life or in Death, His Love for us Never Fails.
Many of us may be going through difficult and sometimes UNBELIEVABLE situations in our lives, for example now Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukuraman have been taken to an Island where they will be facing a Firing Squad most probably by the week end. I am sure these two boys years ago when they were young and foolish got into drug smuggling and finally were apprehended by the Indonesian Authorities, were jailed, rehabilitated and in turn began their work to rehabilitate their prison inmates in Indonesia.
There were pleas for their lives to be spared but arrangements for them to face the Firing Squad are continuing. The reason I mentioned this extraordinary situation is that God Loves us all and He loves them as well AND HIS LOVE NEVER FAILS for them or for any of us.
Many of us could be going through very troubled times and Jesus Christ is calling for us to TRUST HIM and to place our burdens at the Foot of the Cross and to REMEMBER THAT HIS LOVE NEVER FAILS.
I would like to mention here that if they should finally face the Firing Squad, I would like to encourage them that no sooner their breath leaves them, they will be in the arms of Jesus Christ, For HIS LOVE NEVER FAILS.