Beheading of John the Baptist
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
Feast of St. Helena
“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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Assumption of Virgin Mary
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
The Transfiguration of Jesus
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
Walking with Jesus and Mary-Fr.James Mariakumar -Heede, N.Germany
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