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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

Trust in God with all your heart by Florence D’Costa

Proverbs 3:5 ❥
I know that some of us at times feel doubtful if we are loved and cared for by God.  When we look around us and we see that other people have much more than we have and we feel quite let down by God.  Through experience, I would like to share with you today that what you have is what God has given you and it is best to trust Him because He is able to see around the bend and we cannot.  God has our best interests in mind – So pray more, meaning coming into God’s presence and have a chat with Him.  Tell him your problems, your worries and if you have any anxieties, just share this with him and wait upon the Lord, for He will surely answer you.  He works when you TRUST IN HIM.  Yes, we are not able to understand God’s ways but as the word of God says – let us not lean on our own understanding.  When we trust in God, we allow Him to perform miracles in our
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July 30, 2018 Posted by | Amazing Grace, Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, Compassion, Faith in God, Faithful, Family, Miracles | Leave a comment

Colossians 3:12 by Florence D’Costa

This verse, I find very interesting.  Paul was in prison when he wrote to the Colossians.  So, what does Paul say here.  He addresses them as ‘God’s Chosen People’.  To belong to someone is very special.  It is a very special feeling.  And to belong to God is really awesome and especially to have the knowledge that God has hand picked and chosen them.  He further calls them ‘holy and dearly loved.’  When we are called ‘holy and dearly loved’ it gives us a feeling of being very close to God.  What is Paul telling them to do.  He is specifically telling them to clothe themselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  These qualities belonged to Jesus Christ.  Because Christ was compassionate, he always healed the sick, made the blind to see, fed the multitude, raised the dead to life etc….  He was God and yet he was humble.  He did not strut around in grand clothes.  He was God and yet he emptied himself of all his glory and was born as man in this world.  Philippians 2:7  but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Jesus Christ humbled himself by being born was a mere creature.  Jesus Christ was kind to children who had no status in those days.  He would gather them and he would show kindness and he would speak with them.  Matthew 11:29 – Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Matthew 18:26-27  26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, cancelled the debt and let him go.  Here we see that Christ was patient and he forgave….  So my dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ is very patient and gentle with us.  So Paul is requesting us to be like Christ.  So, let us try our best to be Christlike.

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November 8, 2017 Posted by | Blogs, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, Compassion, couples, Family, Gentleness, God's Love, married couples, Will of God, Word of God, Youth | Leave a comment

Collosians 3:13 – 14 by Florence D’Costa

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These two verses really and truly touches my heart.  We, the baptised are God’s chosen people.  So what is Paul saying in these two verses- He is calling us holy and dearly loved..   Then, what does he say.  He is encouraging us to clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Meaning. that he wants us to be compassionate, kind, humble, gentle and patient.  He goes further to say that he wants us to forgive one another.  He says, ‘Forgive as the Lord forgave you’.  Paul continues to tell us that He wants us to put on love which binds all these virtues together in perfect Unity.  It is very important for us to be Loving.  Paul wants us to clothe ourselves with all these virtues but above all, he wants us to put on LOVE.

I would like to add here that we being God’s chosen people, it is important for us to be holy –  And to be holy means to be compassionate, kind, gentle, humble, patient and loving.  How can we say that we are God’s chosen people and be just the opposite to what Paul is calling us to be.

Let us spend some time in meditation and slowly but surely surrender ourselves to God who will change us into people with all these virtues.  So it is important for us to surrender ourselves to God and allow Him to work on us.  You and I are unfinished products …. For God is still working on us.

October 28, 2017 Posted by | Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christianity, Compassion, Forgiveness, Gentleness, Humility, Kindness, Surrender, Women, Youth | Leave a comment

God is our shepherd by Florence D’Costa

God is our Shepherd and we Iike sheep have all gone astray, so God laid all our iniquity upon His Son Jesus Christ so that we the sheep would be saved and redeemed. So, let our prayer be ‘ Shepherd me O God beyond my wants, beyond my fears from death into life’.

October 16, 2017 Posted by | Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, Christmas, Christmas Carols, Compassion, couples, Cross, Evangelisation, God is our Shepherd, Jesus Christ, married couples, Sacrifice, Scripture, Singles, Songs, The Cross, Women, Word of God, Youth | Leave a comment

Sunday’s Gospel – 20th August, 2017 (Mt 15:21-28)

A Canaanite woman, a gentile pleaded with Jesus to deliver her daughter from a demon and he finally obliged…. A drama scene…

August 21, 2017 Posted by | Catholicism, Christianity, Compassion, Deliverance, Family, Mother's Day, Singles, Women, Word of God, Youth | Leave a comment

Are we Playing God? Is Capital Punishment Necessary?

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!

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March 25, 2015 Posted by | Andrew Chan, Art, Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Charity, Christ Jesus, Christianity, Compassion, Death Penalty, Drugs, Educational Rehabilitation, Evangelisation, Freedom, God's Love, Indonesia, Indonesia Prison, Jesus Christ, Lent, Love for God, Mercy, Mercy Supporters, Myuran Sukuraman, Politics, Repentance, Youth | Leave a comment