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Every child is a Gift from God’s hands by Florence D’Costa

Every child is a gift from God – from His hands. We come from God, accomplish our mission on earth and then we go back to God.  Each of us will not and cannot return to God until and unless we accomplish our MISSION on earth.  Have we given this subject some thought.  I guess we should.  God is our Creator.  God has called us to be His Partners.  It is vital for us to co-operate with him.  Each child is a COG is God’s plan.  He has a blue print of what we should do on earth.  God revealed to Jesus Christ that he was the Son of God and that he was to be the suffering messiah when he was baptised by John the Baptist and during the 40 days in the desert.  In like manner when we are baptised, we are told by God that we are on a mission as His child through our parents and God Parents. That is why every Catholic/Christian is called to attend church atleast every Sunday, and for Catholics, sometimes every day if possible.  Well, sadly though, many parents and God Parents are really and truly not enlightened themselves that they are on a MISSION on this earth. We should teach our children that we are on this earth to do God’s Holy Will because he has sent us on a mission.  How many of us think of our mission on earth?  We study catechism in school, we go to church for Mass, listen to sermons and yet many of us grow up thinking only of ourselves and our families.  We go to work, try to make ends meet – stress about paying bills and mortgages etc.  This is only part of the plan.  While we are doing all this, we are to remember that we are Children of God and that our Heavenly Father created us and made us Temples of the Holy Spirit.  When we deeply realise that God is our Father, and that we have to work for Him on this earth, it is only then that we would go about with full zeal to fulfill our mission on earth.

Now, when we look around, we would see God’s people working and doing what they must do to live and at the same time working as God’s children for God’s Kingdom as well.  When we look around we see priests, religious and missionaries who have given their whole lives to Christ and working full time for God’s kingdom on earth.  We then see lay people who work as volunteers and who work part time for God’s kingdom.  So, now, let us sit before the Blessed Sacrament and contemplate. Let us listen to God’s voice and do what we must to bring God’s Kingdom on earth.  Let us mediate on the Our Father and God’s Holy Will, will be revealed to us.   John 13:34-35   34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

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February 5, 2019 Posted by | Baptism/Children of God, Blogs, Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christianity, Contemplation, Evangelisation, Kingdom of God, Will of God, Word of God, 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

God will make a way for us to do His Holy Will by Florence D’Costa

Yes, God will make a way for us to accomplish His Holy Will, so let us not worry or fret about anything. Let us trust in Him – Live in His Presence and do everyday what He wants us to do.

December 10, 2017 Posted by | Catholicism, Christianity, Trust in God, Will of God, Youth | 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

Romans 8:28 God works for the good of those who Love Him

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Now, we all know that we all need to follow God’s Holy Will.  His plan is the best for each one of us.  Some of us walk in paths that God does not approve but we want to do what we want.  But when we do our will, eventually we will find out that our plan and our will, leads us along the wrong path because it is not what God wants of us.  So it is important for us to surrender our lives and our will to the Living God.  Then, we become wise for we begin to understand and accept God’s plan for our lives.  We understand that in all things, God works for the good of those who Love him, who have been called according to His Purpose.

In other words, God has created each one of us to do what He wants us to do in this world.  And when we follow his plans, He works all things for our good.  I remember there was a time when I wanted what I wanted and I went after the things that I thought I needed but I failed and kept on failing until I realised that it was fruitless doing my own thing and then I began to studies in scripture and I learned that we were created to give God all the Glory and not search for Glory for ourselves.  The Bible became my source of strength and I studied and gained more knowledge about God.   I began to trust God above all things and began to trust Him above all else.  Then I surrendered my life to His Holy Will.  It was then that I was picked up and carried into the arms of my Heavenly Father and I never regretted the decision I made on that day.  Till date, I just surrender my every day to Him and He plans my day and my life which gives me the greatest joy and peace that I have ever experienced and enjoyed in my life.

My dear brothers and sisters, if we surrender our lives to God, He will in all things work for our good and who have been called to His Purpose.

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This is what God did to my plans and at that time I did not understand.  I was upset with Him but gradually I realised that it was best to surrender to this Great Big God of Ours and to surrender to His plans.  When Our Wants are not His Plan, then it is best to surrender Our Wants and take on His Purpose.  Then You and I will experience the great peace and Joy on earth.

October 23, 2017 Posted by | Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christianity, Faith in God, Will of God, Youth | Leave a comment