Birthday of our Blessed Virgin Mother
God the Father, from all eternity has chosen Virgin Mary to be the Mother of His Son, when He becomes man. For all the believers in Christ, she is the Mother, for Jesus gave her as His last gift from the Cross. Turning to the disciple whom He loved, He said, this is your Mother’ (Jn.19. 25-27). We, the believers in Christ and who love Jesus accept her into our life as our Mother as John accepted her in his house. The Church celebrates her Nativity today, the 8th of Sept. Let us rejoice in the birthday of our Heavenly Mother. Our RENEWED LIFE WE LIVE IN CHRIST JESUS be our Birthday Gift to her
When we stand for the truth, the powerful will try to suppress or even punish us as John the Baptist was treated. He spoke out the truth that it was wrong for Herod to marry Herodias, his brother’s wife.
God says to Prophet Ezekiel: “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel. When you hear a word from my mouth you will warn them in my name. When I say to the wicked, ‘you will surely die’, and you do not give him any warning or speak to the wicked man to give up his evil ways in order to save his life, he shall die for his sin, but I will hold you responsible for his death. But if you have warned the wicked man and he has not given up his wickedness and evil ways, he shall die for his sin but you will save yourself” (3.17-19)
When John the Baptist obeyed God, man turned against him and killed him. This is what will happen to people who obey God because nowadays we are living in a Godless society.
As St.Pope John Paul II has said “John the Baptist, unable to refrain from speaking of the Law of the Lord and rejecting any compromise with evil, gave his life in witness to truth and justice”. Holy Spirit challenges us through St. Paul: “Am I trying to win human favor, or Divine favor? Or am I seeking to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave of Christ” (Gal.1,10)
Fr.James MAriakumar SVD
“We proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are called,Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God”. (1 Cor. 1, 23,24)
“Whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it”. (Mt.16.25)
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It is fitting that the Holy God, who has become man and suffered the worst form of suffering, be raised by the Father to be the Perfect Man in heaven. God ‘prepared a body for His Son’ (Heb. 10.5) in order to come into the world through the Immaculate Virgin (Gen. 3.15, Is. 7.14, Gal. 4.4). She was conceived without original sin, and cooperating with the grace of God, she lived a sinless life. So it is fitting that the Mother of Jesus, the Word Incarnate, who partook in His salvific mission, should be raised to heaven, body and soul. It was God’s plan that through conversion, faith and living of our Baptism we become the members of the Body of Christ (Col. 1.24) and children of Mother Mary assumed into heaven. She draws us to share Her own glory. It is our Vocation and Mission to live in such a way that we become worthy of being Her children so as to share Her glory in heaven. “We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pangs of child birth even until now. Not creation alone, but we ourselves, who have the first fruit of the Spirit groan in our innermost being, eagerly awaiting the day when God will adapt us as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved” (Rom. 8.22-24).
Let us rejoice in the Lord and celebrate this feast in honour of the Virgin Mary, at whose assumption the angels rejoice, giving praise to the Son of God. Mary, the well beloved Daughter of the Heavenly Father, the tender Mother of His Son Jesus and the Most Beloved of the Holy Spirit, please pray for India as she celebrates the 70th year of her Independence today. May we all aspire for the true freedom of the children of God. The song of Rabidranath Tagore: “Into that heaven of freedom, my Father let my country awake” be the song of prayer arising from the heart of every citizen of India.
Fr. James Mariakumar SVD
And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light (Matt. 17, 2)
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Loving the unlovable is the specialty of Christianity
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Walking with Jesus and Mary-Fr.James Mariakumar -Heede, N.Germany
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Jesus’ Resurrection is the ultimate source of our faith and hope. It is the fulfillment of God’s salvific plan. As St. Paul said, ‘Jesus was handed over to death for our sins and was raised for our justification’(Rom.4.25). So resurrection is the foundation on which our Christian faith is built. “If Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain” (1 Cor.15.14)
Jesus foretold his Death and Resurrection to his disciples more than once. Yet they were confused and perplexed about everything that happened on the Great Passover day and on Passion Friday. But Jesus never wanted to give up on them. Again and again He tried to reaffirm their faith in the presence of the Risen Saviour. For fear of the Pharisees and the Scribes who crucified Jesus, when they were hiding in dark rooms, and when they were trying to run away from the scene, Jesus appeared before them to recoup their faith. Yes, when we live in the darkness of uncertainty, doubt, despair, fear and frustration, He is all the more eager to enter into our lives to give us His joy, peace, love, comfort and security. He is ready to fill our lives with all these ‘without money and without price’ (Is.55.1).. He wants to involve fully in our pain of rejection, loneliness, insecurity…and release us from them. Let us thank our Risen Savior who wants to walk with us, befriend us and make us enjoy His abundant life. It is for this that He is Risen Indeed Halleluiah!