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Anxious? Why? God Loves You and Me by Florence D’Costa

My dear bothers and sisters in Christ, many of us become anxious when things are not going right for us.  We begin to lose our faith in God and in people.  We lose our peace and we become restless.  St Paul was an executor of Christians and he was then known as Saul.  When he had an experience with Christ, he changed and became Paul, the Greatest Missionary of all time. This man who persecuted and killed Christians, once he had an encounter with Christ, fell in love with Christ and from then on spent all his wisdom and energies to spread the good news of Christ Jesus.

It would do us good to read and meditate on his letters.  He has written very wise and comforting words.  Our faith in Christ would increase through the wise words of St Paul.  God has a plan for every man.  He had a great plan for Saul the persecutor of Christians and I am sure that he has a great and exciting plan for You and Me.  So, do not give up hope in God and let us be faithful and wise like Paul, so that our faith in Christ would be increased and so would our wisdom and we in turn would be able to promote Christ to others in a great way as well. As the saying goes, “little drops of water, make a might ocean.”

May Our Lord Jesus Christ bless us all.

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From persecutor to Christian: The conversion of St. Paul
St. Paul’s conversion began when, with a flash of light, he fell from his horse.

 

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January 30, 2019 Posted by | Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, Evangelisation, wisdom, Word of God, Youth | Leave a comment

Faith in God opens the door to Miracles by Florence D’Costa

Many Catholics and Christians of our day, have less faith, even though the stories in the Bible tell us about the love and power of God.  Many of us doubt in God’s care and mercy.  We think, well God can and has done wonderful things in the bible and I know people who have been very blessed by God but I doubt if God can and will do for me.  Why? Because till date I have not received miracles and wonders like the others have.

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I would like to assure you that I did think like that many, many years ago and God proved me wrong.  I have studied scripture and I became aware of how much God loves us all, especially me.  By that I mean God loves me in a personal way and He cares for me in a personal way and He knows my every thought, not to punish me but to help me in this life.  He has and was performing miracles in my life right from the moment I was conceived in my mother’s womb because my parents were so happy to have me and they gave me life. I WAS NOT ABORTED like babies who are aborted and killed these days in their mother’s womb.  My God gave me life, love, happiness, joy, fed me through my parents, clothed me and gave me shelter and protection under my parents’ guidance. My parents and the family, relatives and friends around me loved and cared for me.  I was a happy child.  But when trouble strikes, we immediately say, “God does not love me like he loves others and I do not think he will perform miracles in my life.  Well, my brothers and sisters, we are all miracles and Christ is journeying with us and if we look closely, we will find that he does perform many miracles in our ordinary lives, daily.

But, let us now stop and apologise to our God and continue our days as we recognise the miracles in our lives and thank God for every one of them.  LET US HAVE FAITH IN HIM.

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January 30, 2019 Posted by | Blessing, Blogs, Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, Miracles, Youth | Leave a comment

Gospel Mark 3:1-6 23 January 2019 by Florence D’Costa

Gospel Mark 3:1-6    1 And he entered again into the synagogue, and there was a man there who had a withered hand. 2 And they watched him whether he would heal on the sabbath days; that they might accuse him. 3 And he said to the man who had the withered hand: Stand up in the midst. 4 And he saith to them: Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy? But they held their peace. 5 And looking round about on them with anger, being grieved for the blindness of their hearts, he saith to the man: Stretch forth thy hand. And he stretched it forth: and his hand was restored unto him. 6 And the Pharisees going out, immediately made a consultation with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him.

My views :
in yesterday’s gospel, we did see that the Pharisees were not pleased with Jesus and his disciples because they picked grain on the Sabbath to eat and Jesus did admonish them by saying that Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath and he also added that he was Lord of the Sabbath.

After saying this he again entered in the synagogue and there was a man who had a withered hand.  Now, Jesus was God and Man and being God, he always felt compassion for man.  When he does notice that something is not right, he would
immediately set out to fix things.  He could not sit back and do nothing, even if he was being watched and knew that he would get into trouble with the Pharisees.   He did see the man with a withered hand and immediately he felt pity and compassion for this human being.  He knew that he simply had to heal this man whether it be the Sabbath or not because he knew that it was the right thing to do and being God, he knew.   Since the Pharisees questioned him earlier regarding picking grain on the Sabbath, Jesus looked at them and asked them if it was lawful to do good on the sabbath or to do evil, to save life or to destroy.  But they did not say anything but Jesus was angry and he was grieved because he could see the blindness of their hearts.  Jesus, being God could see into their hearts and he was greatly distressed and he felt great sorrow.  Pharisees were middle class businessmen and leaders of the synagogue. They were known for their emphasis on personal piety.  Now, being leaders in the synagogue, Jesus expected them to feel pity and compassion for the man with the withered hand but they did not and were following Jesus and waiting for a chance to accuse him.

Jesus knew that he could heal the man’s withered hand and make him whole.  What was the feelings of the man who was healed.  He was first of all shocked that Jesus decided to heal his hand on the Sabbath and yet grateful and joyous.  I am sure words could not describe his joy.  Jesus was bold and courageous and not afraid of man.  His main aim was to do the Will of His Father in heaven. Jesus then asked the man to stretch forth his withered hand and his hand was restored. Jesus gave back to this man – dignity and health so that he could be normal again.

Herodian (in the New Testament) a member of a Jewish sect associated with the Pharisees in opposition to Jesus, and assumed to be supporters of Herod the Great’s dynasty.  So the Pharisees as soon as they saw Jesus healing the man with the withered hand, they went off to meet with the Herodians to plot against Jesus.

Now, we, in this world, who do we choose to be like?   1.  Jesus – full of compassion and mercy   Ready to do good, even though we might get into trouble because of it.   2,  the pharisees who were waiting to accuse Jesus or  3.  like the Herodians full of power, ready to join the Pharisees and do Jesus evil.  or are we like the man with the withered hand in need of healing.  If we are in need of healing, let us go to Jesus Christ and we will be healed.

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January 23, 2019 Posted by | Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, Gospel, Healing, Health, Miracles, Scripture, Will of God, Word of God | Leave a comment

Gospel Mark 2:23-28 January 22, 2019 by Florence D’Costa

Mark 2:23-28 Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath

23 One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. 24 The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”

25 He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? 26 In the days of Abiathar the high priest, he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.”

27 Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28 So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”

My views :
The Pharisees were always trying to find fault with Jesus.  Every opportunity they got, they would try to set a trap for him.  But Jesus Christ being the Son of God, was God and Man and He knew what was in their hearts and he always had the right answer for them.  In fact, he was teaching them.  The Pharisees made lots and lots of rules and it really became a big burden for the people.  So Jesus Christ was indirectly telling them to make things easy for the people instead of burdening them with so many laws. And that is why he said that Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.  People normally eat three meals a day – breakfast, lunch and dinner.  So, when the disciples were hungry, it was not wrong for them to pick some heads of grain to eat on the Sabbath. Then he further added that the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath. Meaning that he was the Boss of the Sabbath and not the Pharisees who made unnecessary laws just to burden the people.

So my dear people to worship God is definitely not a burden.  All we need is LOVE – to Love God with our whole being and to love our neighbour as ourselves.  The Pharisees made things very complicated for people to worship Yahweh and Jesus was teaching them to Love God and the people in an uncomplicated way.
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January 22, 2019 Posted by | Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, Compassion, Gospel, Love for God, Love for neighbour | Leave a comment

A battle between Light and Darkness by Florence D’Costa

Christ is the Light of the World in this world of darkness! And we who follow Him walk in His Light. When we are in His Light, we have nothing to fear.  Darkness then becomes obsolete. Christ has banished the darkness and when we are in His Light, there is no darkness. Christ the Light of the World has conquered darkness and sin. It is vital for us to love the Light and to stay connected to Christ.  The moment we walk away from Christ and His Light, we will be engulfed in darkness and sin.  Only with God’s Grace can we be connected to the Light of Christ.  So, let us walk away from sin and darkness and stay connected to Christ,  it is as simple as this. We can stay connected to Christ by praying and being in God’s presence 24 x 7..

January 21, 2019 Posted by | Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ's Light, Christianity, Cross | Leave a comment

God is my Friend, He calls me Friend!

God is Holy. He is my friend and He loves me. How blessed am I? How blessed are we? God is smiling on each one of us and He has got a lot of blessings in store for each one of us. He is waiting for us to believe, for when we believe and have total faith in God, it is only then that God will be able to pour out all His blessings on each one of us.

When we get down on our knees and pray, we must believe that Christ Jesus is with us and He does have a lot of special blessings for each of us. When we believe, we receive. Christ Jesus said, ‘If you have faith as big as a grain of a mustard see, when you say to the mountain, move, it will move.’ What are the mountains in each of our lives. What is blocking us from being happy and contented. If we have faith, we could say to these mountains or problems in our lives and it will move and go away. But we must trust in Our Friend Jesus Christ who is Our Lord and Saviour.

At the sound of God’s name, Angels will bow because God is great and majestic. So what is stopping us from believing in God’s great majesty. We must believe in God’s greatness and we must also join the angels and bow with them at the sound of God’s name. There is no one like our God and we must sing His praise Him. We must hold onto our God. We must never let Him leave us because of our sin. We must always repent of our sin and approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We must keep our whole selves clean and spotless – our mind, soul and body. If we stay near Our God, He will give us all the grace that we need to be pure and clean.

We must call out to His Holy spirit and His spirit will come and make us new. Christ Jesus is our friend. He calls us His friend. How privileged we are to be friends with a God who created this whole wide world. Who created the stars and the planets – who created mankind – you and me and put within us a soul where He dwells. We are the temples of the Holy Spirit, so as we walk the streets, the shopping Malls, the market places, to our work places, among our communities, let us take Christ Jesus with us. We are walking tabernacles.  He will transform those around us and those whom we meet. We must believe! Only faith can make us new.

Let us sing and be happy that we are friends of God and let us be aware that He calls us friends. My dear friends put on some spiritual music – sing and dance to this music and cry out to the Lord and thank Him for being our friend and for calling us His friends. We will always be His friend, so do not doubt in His love and in His friendship.

When we love someone or when we see our children, we see the greatness of God in them. So we must realise that God loves each one of us and He sees greatness in each one of us. The word of God says that Perfect fear casts out all fear. So my dear people, be strong and believe in Christ Jesus because He is our friend and He believes in us. There is victory in Christ Jesus because He was victorious when He rose from the dead.

I would also like to remind each one of you that we have been anointed at our Baptism and we belong to Him. We have been anointed to do good. We must be a blessing to our families, our neighbours, our parish and all those around us. We must give those whom we meet a smile which would transform their lives. Christ would reach out to those we smile at and He would bless them and bring Joy into their lives.

I would like to end with this statement – GOD IS OUR FRIEND AND HE CALLS US HIS FRIENDS. So, my dear people. Be happy and joyous, for happiness and joy is contagious. Let us be Contagious People for Christ Jesus! God is our friend. God calls us His friends, so let us be friends to those who have no friends! God bless you and May you be a blessing to others!

January 8, 2019 Posted by | Agape, Blogs, Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Family, Friend, Friendship, God, God's Love, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Temple of the Holy Spirit | Leave a comment

Happy New Year 2019!

I take this opportunity to wish you all a Very Happy New Year.  May we be kind and gentle to those we meet during this year! To those who are baptised, I would say “Happy New Year to the Temples of the Holy Spirit”.  The Holy Spirit dwells in each and every baptised, so let us LOVE ONE ANOTHER WITH THE LOVE OF CHIRST.

We all have family and friends whom we would be journeying with during this year, so let us make an extra effort to follow the Ten Commandments and more importantly to follow the two Commandments of Christ.  Matthew 22:37-40, “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  So, Happy New Year and May Our Lord Jesus Christ bless us all in a very special way during this New Year!

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January 7, 2019 Posted by | Catholicism, Christianity, New Year | Leave a comment