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

Drugs and the right to have Life

Drug abuse is the denial of our fundamental right to have life. And those who are involved in the business of providing drugs to people, especially little children, are either ignorant of the gravity of damage they are causing or they are simply blinded by the false hope money gives.

We know that our body is sacred and the Triune God dwells there. Our body is not a prison or a useless shell from which we must escape from, as some believe. But instead it is a sacrament that manifests the invisible mysteries of God. We see the true beauty of the human body on the cross, in mother Mary and in the lives of Saints. We believe in the glorious resurrection of our bodies just as Christ experienced it. Yes, it is in the same body with which we are going to spend eternity in union with God. The human body is sacred and priceless.

Man’s rejection of God (Original Sin) has caused human lives to become treacherous and painful. But God out of mercy and love towards His own suffering children sent His only son and redeemed us. Jesus paid an incalculable price on the cross and purchased our salvation. We are no longer in the clutches of sin or its consequences but instead victorious in Jesus Christ. If human beings still live in misery and pain it is because of the ignorance or willful rejection of the truth of salvation Christ offers.

Drug abuse is an act of destroying our sacred bodies. It is an act of stripping the body of its will, consciousness and sanity, leaving it half dead, hoping to escape the miseries of life. Resorting to substance abuse is similar to depriving a bird of its wings. It is left to die a slow death. A person who is tricked into drug abuse is a victim of the cruel deception of Satan in the hands of those who partner with Satan for earthly gains. Drug abuse thus becomes an act of rejecting/thwarting God’s perfect plan of salvation.

Drug abuse causes a person to:

· Become a slave
· Become financially bankrupt
· Be haunted by Guilt
· Be utilized by the greedy and the wicked
· Be misunderstood by parents, family and society
· Suffer mental disorder
· Lose the ability to return to normal life
· Be isolated in society
· Kill himself unwillingly
· Lose Eternal life
· Waste away ones precious human life

We must pray and stand up to help those who are victims and are proponents of this heinous humanitarian crime. Jesus desires to save them all irrespective of the nature of their sin.

Lets us be that hand and the voice that Jesus can use today. Let the unconditional love of God compel us to be merciful as Jesus is Merciful.


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