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Yoked to Jesus

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” †  Mathew 11: 28-30  What is the labour and burden that Jesus is asking me to deal with? Perhaps I have to let go of the compulsive burden (or is it a sort of entitlement?) that my spouse and children should choose a spiritual path that I know to be right. Jesus accompanied Judas Iscariot to the very end but never deprived him of his freedom to choose his own destiny. Jesus on the other hand, uninterrupted by Judas's choice to reject him, continues to accomplish his mission. He does become a victim of Judas's betrayal but he seldom takes on the victim's identity. In divine wisdom, Jesus chooses to die in our place (and that of Judas) in a redeeming act of love. Rather than being compelled to fix those whom God has entrusted to my headship by m

The change we all desire

All of us, at some point in our lives, negate a strong inclination from within to change. To change the way we behave in specific situations. This includes how we react to certain situations, questionable ways we operate to fulfill some of our unspecific desires, Certain passions at work in us that give rise to actions that we are not truly comfortable with etc. This desire to change is a positive drive and a default mechanism within man that operates as result of our original goodness. All of us are inherently good. At the same time we are also the result of the situations we have gone through, our circumstances, certain traits that is passed down to us from our parents and grandparents. The usual tendency is to live with these anomalies and get used to it so much that we fail to differentiate what is innate from what is acquired. All of us, at any point of time can change. The process of change begins with an awareness that I need to change. The challenge is to take this awarene

Time travel

Get on board with me to a time travel, back to the beginning of creation. No life anywhere. All is barren! You and I  are now, a thrusting desire and a long cherished dream in Gods heart. He runs his fingers through the innumerable planets floating in the galaxy and looks at earth with favour.  He foresees in His infinite mindscape, man and generations of mankind, molded truly after him, cohabit in eternal union with him. Like an architect gearing up to build his masterpiece, God sets out. But pauses, stricken by a vital thought, having to create lavish paraphernalia for the one to come. He is lulled by ideas of trees and fruits, birds and the sky, abundance of water teaming with fish, mountains capped with snow, animals of all kind, sun to light up the earth, night to rest, stars to shimmer at night and moon to keep watch while his children sleep.   I will soak them in love and pamper them with my presence; they are my only priority, he thought to himself. Five days of elaborate

Unwavering focus

We get distracted and stray away if we have a wavering focus. Instead if we have a single focus in mind, for life, every situation, be it negative or positive, will be a stepping stone, to inch closer to that focus. This is independent of what happens to us and around us. For a Christian, our life's focus is union with Christ . This begins here on earth and culminates gloriously in eternal life. Wrong focus is like wearing a dark glass and forgetting it is there. Everything looks dark and we presume the darkness to be normal and stray away. Suppose ones focus is to create wealth. Every person, situation, opportunities that comes his way, will be used to achieve his focus. In the process, he fail to  attend to the focus of others. But if our focus is Christ, we will create wealth and  still focus on Christ. This enables us to share, empower, create opportunities for others to grow and thus draw closer to our focus. And at the same time, enjoy a great deal of the providence of G

Trinity, Humanity & Eternity

In the the Trininty, the Father gives himself completely to the Son and Son, to the Father. Giving oneself completely to the other is called love. Nothing else qualifies to be love :) The Holy Spirit is the love between the Father and the Son. In other words, He is the what proceeds from the Father and Son. Unmistakably what proceeds from both the Father and the Son is love. So Love thus is the Holy Spirit himself. The love, proceeds from the Father and the Son because they have love in them. So they already have the Holy Spirit in them. Son receives everything father gives and the Father receives everything Son gives. What they both receive is thus the Holy Spirit. Interesting isn't it? The Greek word Perichoresis means mutual indwelling or inter penetration. This is the word, theologians use, to represent the Trinity. Our God is a "communion" from eternity. When God created us, He created us in His image and likeness. He created us man and and woman, as units cap

No room to spare!

Joseph looked at every faint instance of light his eyes could reach, hoping to figure out a fitting place for the son of God to be born. Mary, full term pregnant, holding firmly to her husband’s hands, advanced one step at a time, without a destination in mind, in a land foreign to them. The sense of duty and obligation to provide the best, for the God to come, being chosen to be the mother and foster father, compelled them to knock every door that night. They went past Inn doors, were from it hung on the knobs, temporary boards that displayed the text “bear with us, no room to spare”. To give God, something fitting is on the agenda for probably all of us. Right in that process, when we are face with rejection, often in our mind, we quiz and burn with indignation. Those inn keepers, who did not have a spare room that night to oblige to josephs’ plea, stands righteous in God’s presence for they did accommodate, even the last passerby, until the inn was full. Our acts and aspiration