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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Gospel according to John 6:60-69

After hearing it, many of his followers said, 'This is intolerable language. How could anyone accept it?' Jesus was aware that his followers were complaining about it and said, 'Does this disturb you? What if you should see the Son of man ascend to where he was before?   'It is the spirit that gives life, the flesh has nothing to offer. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.'But there are some of you who do not believe.' For Jesus knew from the outset who did not believe and who was to betray him.He went on, 'This is why I told you that no one could come to me except by the gift of the Father.'After this, many of his disciples went away and accompanied him no more.Then Jesus said to the Twelve, 'What about you, do you want to go away too?'Simon Peter answered, 'Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the message of eternal life, and we believe; we have come to know that you are the Holy One of God.'
What is to be understood in the above passage is in bold. Are we following the Word or...

Monday, August 3, 2015

For whom the Bell Tolls

The colony was a mini India. People of all states lived in Harmony. The year was 1960 when the bell first tolled in the colony. Church bells
are sometimes rung slowly (tolled) when a person dies or at funeral services and could be heard all over the neighborhood. Every subsequent year marked a death and the Bells tolled. It was 1965 when 'Death' was the topic on every tongue. Strange as it may sound it got all worried and all wondered who next.  
Elders decided to call for the services of a Priest from the local church and bless all homes. Summer of 1965 saw the introduction of the Rosary. Kids ensured their presence at the prayer as it was followed by a pocketful of boiled grams and a month end party that marked the culmination of prayer.
That year no one died. The following year too community prayers were held and no one died. All thought the spell had ended.
The city was at war with itself. A section of society was being targeted. Neighbors began shifting homes to new ghettos. It was the last year of community prayers. That year too no one died and the following year there was no one to lead the Prayer. 
31st December of the following year, kids with a few elders were busy erecting the traditional 'Old Man' on the terrace. One of the kids mentioned that the year passed without a death. An elder reminded there was still 9 hrs to go. Suddenly there was an eerie silence.
The tolls man of the local church dropped by to meet one of the residents. Having spent some time with them he departed. As he left their home, instead of descending, he ascended towards the terrace. It was at the terrace landing that his body was discovered. 
The children had finished filling the belly of the 'Traditional Old Man' with crackers and mini bombs. In the midst of the cacophony, the tolls man lying did not awake. The elders tried to awaken him and realized he was no more. Death had struck once again. News spread like wildfire.... A pall of gloom descended over the colony as they wondered for whom the bell would next toll.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Gospel according to JOHN 6:24-35

When the people saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into those boats and crossed to Capernaum to look for Jesus. When they found him on the other side, they said to him, ‘Rabbi, when did you come here?’
 Jesus answered: ‘I tell you most solemnly, you are not looking for me because you have seen the signs but because you had all the bread you wanted to eat.  
Do not work for food that cannot last, but work for food that endures to eternal life, the kind of food the Son of Man is offering you, for on him the Father, God himself, has set his seal.’
Then they said to him, ‘What must we do if we are to do the works that God wants?’ Jesus gave them this answer, ‘This is working for God: you must believe in the one he has sent.’ So they said, ‘What sign will you give to show us that we should believe in you? What work will you do? Our fathers had manna to eat in the desert; as scripture says: He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ Jesus answered:
‘I tell you most solemnly, it was not Moses who gave you bread from heaven, it is my Father who gives you the bread from heaven, the true bread;
for the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.’
‘Sir,’ they said ‘give us that bread always.’ 
Jesus answered: ‘I am the bread of life.
He who comes to me will never be hungry; he who believes in me will never thirst.’

PS: And the Word was made flesh. . . . What was offered to us was the word of God in flesh. What did the Lord speak of in the years prior to his death. He spoke of God in parables. What he meant of 'True Bread' was the word of God, and we could live according to God's plan and prepare ourselves for eternal life. Unfortunately instead of following the word of the Lord, we have focused on his persona and understood him as having offered his flesh unto us as Saviour.