Tuesday, November 30, 2010

FEEDING THE MULTITUDE – DECEMBER 1ST – WEDNESDAY – (Mt 15: 29-37)


The miracle of feeding the thousands was a prediction and foreshadowing of the Eucharist to come. It was so important an event that the story was undoubtedly repeated many times by the faithful until different versions surfaced. Today’s reading show four thousand men and their families being fed, but earlier in chapter 14, Matthew records five thousand men, not counting women and children. This duplication is called a doublet. It stresses the importance of the lesson involved. This is the only gift miracle of multiplication in the four gospels as opposed to the first Cana miracle, which is the only gift miracle of transformation. The only one recounted in all four gospels and only one recounted twice. We do have a parallel in the Old Testament. Elisha multiplying the bread (2 Kgs 4: 42-44)

Jesus was moved with compassion. Compassion is the highest form of love. It is not merely giving food for the hungry but a display of God’s sensitivity. Jesus becomes a mother and feeds all his children. In all the cultures we have this custom of sharing food with poor and needy on some special occasions. But sometimes we do it for the sake of doing without any manifestation of love. We go out for dinner to some big restaurants paying hundreds of rupees for a single dish, but find it difficult to give some food for the needy. Jesus is teaching us a great lesson on compassion. It is good now and then to think also with our hearts.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

HOW MUCH DOES A PRAYER WEIGH? NOVEMBER 13TH



Louise Redden, a poorly dressed lady with a look of defeat on her face, walked into a grocery store. She approached the owner of the store in a most humble manner and asked if he would let her charge a few groceries. She softly explained that her husband was very ill and unable to work, they had seven children and they needed food. John Longhouse, the grocer, scoffed at her and requested that she leave his store.

Visualizing the family needs, she said: 'Please, sir! I will bring you the money just as soon as I can." John told her he could not give her credit, as she did not have a charge account at his store. Standing beside the counter was a customer who overheard the
conversation between the two. The customer walked forward and told the grocer that he would stand good for whatever she needed for her family. The grocer said in a very reluctant voice, "Do you have a grocery list?” Louise replied "Yes sir" "O.K." he said, "put your grocery list on the scales and whatever your grocery list weighs, I will give you that amount in groceries."

Louise, hesitated a moment with a bowed head, then she reached into her purse and took out a piece of paper and scribbled something on it. She then laid the piece of paper on the scale carefully with her head still bowed. The eyes of the grocer and the customer showed amazement when the scales went down and stayed down. The grocer staring at the scales, turned slowly to the customer and said begrudgingly, "I can't believe it."
The customer smiled and the grocer started putting the groceries on the other side of the scales. The scale did not balance so he continued to put more and more groceries on them until the scales would hold no more.

The grocer stood there in utter disgust. Finally, he grabbed the piece of paper from the scales and looked at it with greater amazement. It was not a grocery list, it was a prayer which said: "Dear Lord, you know my needs and I am leaving this in your hands."
The grocer gave her the groceries that he had gathered and placed on the scales and stood in stunned silence. Louise thanked him and left the store. The customer handed a fifty-dollar bill to John as he said, "It was worth every penny of it." It was sometime later that John Longhouse discovered the scales were broken; therefore, only God knows how much a prayer weighs.

We pray the good Lord to enlighten our hearts and minds to make prayer as an integral part of our lives.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Reachout with SSG children









Infant Jesus youth as part of their social consciousness programme organised a reach out programme for the poor children of the Social Service Guild (SSG) an NGO working for the marginalised poor in and around Thambuchetty palaya, K.R. Puram, Bangalore.


On the 7th of November 2010 the SSG requested the IJY to be the judeges for the competitions conducted for the children in order of the children's day celebrations. IJY willingly accepted and nearly 23 of us from the IJY participated.


It was a well organised programme with nearly 700 children participated from 9 villages animated by the SSG. As soon as we reached we had a session animated by Fr. Gilbert Choondal S.D.B. on the topic "7 habits of highly effective Catholic Youth" it was a well prepared, animated and inspiring session. Then Bro. James Paul S.D.B gave as an introduction about the works of SSG. then in the afternoon we had the judging of the competitions done by 6 of us. after which we had the price distribution. In order to appreciate the work done by the SSG we too did a contribution for their work. It was indeed a nice day.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

THY KINGDOM COME – NOVEMBER 11TH - THURSDAY (Lk 17: 20-25)


The kingdom of God is within us and works in human hearts. It is to produce not new things, but new people. It is not a revolution in material things that we are to look for, but a revolution in the hearts of men and women.

We are living in God’s kingdom. Every kingdom is built at the cost of huge bloodshed. The kingdom of God is also is realized only when Jesus Christ the son of God shed his blood for the sake of all of us. But we do not get a default membership in this kingdom. Everyone who wants to be part of this kingdom should take an oath to live with heart and mind of Christ the King. Our King Jesus is the model and we become members when we try to imitate our King who manifested his power and glory in humility, service and love.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

GRATITUDE – NOVEMBER 10TH – WEDNESDAY – (Lk 17: 11-19)


I’ve heard of hearts unkind
Kind deeds with coldness still returning
Alas, the gratitude of men
Hath left me oftener mourning
William Wordsworth


Those who frankly believe are not all ready to praise. Those who diligently pray do not all praise. These ten men that were lepers all prayed. Poor and feeble as their voices had become through disease, yet they lifted them up in prayer and united in crying. They all joined in the litany, “Lord have mercy on us” But when they came to the Te Deum, Magnifying and praising God, only one of them took up the note.


We are dependent on so many people for our day today living. From the time we begin the day, till we retire to bed, several people come into our lives. But unfortunately we take things for granted. The early breakfast our mothers prepare, the fees or fathers pay in the schools and colleges, the drivers who drive the buses, the people who smile at us, the office boys who serve coffee for us, the teachers who slog the whole day to teach are taken for granted. Most of us are fast in acknowledging the big favours we receive but hundreds of small favours go unnoticed and unrecognized. This is also because of the utilitarian attitude we have. We tend to make use of people for our own good. Do we not often resemble the other nine lepers? Jesus gives us a chance to change.

Monday, November 8, 2010

CLEANSING THE TEMPLE – NOVEMBER 9TH – TUESDAY (Jn 2: 13-22)


The Son cleanses his Father’s house with the lash of the scourge. No halfway measures, no gradual and gentle correction will do in a matter as flagrant as this. Tender souls have imagined that Jesus only menaced with the scourge, al least that he struck only the animals. But there is no reason to believe this. Jesus only manifests the right anger. During the entire procedure, Jesus never lost his self-control, if he had, he would have sinned. Even in circumstances like this the Messiah exhibits his perfect control over his actions.


When God appeared to Moses in the burning bush, he warned him to remove his sandals because the place was holy. Holy people, holy places and holy objects should not be treated without respect. Due to too much of rationalization we are slowly losing the sense of the sacred. Very few of us enter the Churches without sandals, and now we have so many reasons to justify it too. In the name of convenience there are many other practices which have become irrelevant today. Jesus is telling us to retain this sense of sacred and asks us all to have a proper disposition towards objects, places and persons set apart for God.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

God counts not our success but our faithfulness to Him

God counts not our success but our faithfulness to Him.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Self Control


UN - MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY

UN - MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY.
This year’s commemoration of International Youth Day also marks the launch of the International Year of Youth, under the theme “Dialogue and Mutual Understanding”

Today’s challenging social and economic environment warrant a special focus on youth. Eighty-seven per cent of people aged 15 to 24 live in developing countries. The global economic crisis has had a disproportionate impact on young people; they have lost jobs, struggled to find even low-wage employment and seen access to
education curtailed. As economies slowly begin to stabilize, the needs of young people should be paramount.

This is a moral imperative and a developmental necessity. But it is also an opportunity: the energy of youth can ignite faltering economies. I am regularly inspired by the good will, talent and idealism of the young people I meet across the world. They are making important contributions to our work to eradicate poverty,
contain the spread disease, combat climate change and achieve the Millennium Development Goals. I call on Member States to increase their investments in young people so they can do even more.

During the International Year, the United Nations and its youth organization partners will focus on the need to encourage dialogue and understanding across generations, cultures and religions. In a world in which different peoples and traditions are coming into closer, more frequent contact than ever before, it is crucial that young people learn how to listen intently, empathize with others, acknowledge divergent opinions, and be able to resolve conflicts. Few endeavors are more important than nurturing these skills, and educating young people about human rights, for in them we not only see the next generation of leaders, but also crucial takeholders of today. Let us also recognize that older generations themselves stand to learn a great deal from the experiences and examples of young people as they come of age in a world of accelerating interconnectedness. As we launch this International Year, let us acknowledge and celebrate what youth can do to build a safer, more just world. Let us strengthen our efforts to include young people in policies, programmes and decision-making processes that benefit their futures and ours.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Facts About All Souls Day

All Souls Day is when the Church commemorates and prays for the holy souls in Purgatory,
undergoing purification of their sins before entering heaven. All Souls Day is November 2nd,
the day after All Saints Day.

Liturgical Colours : Black, White, or Violet
Type OF Holiday : it takes precedence over a Sunday
Time Of The Year : November 2 (West), Eve of Pentecost (East)
Duration: One Day
Symbolizes: All the faithful departed
Alternate Names: Commemoration of the Faithful Departed

Spiritual References: 2 Maccabees 12:44-45; Matthew 12:31-32; 1 Corinthians 3:13-15;
Traditions and Customs
Visiting a Graveyard for a Picnic, Decorating Relatives' Graves, Remembering and Praying for Departed Souls, Giving Orphans Food, Clothing, and Toys
Leaving Doors & Windows Open on All Souls Night

Prayer For The Souls in Purgatory
Merciful Father,
hear our prayer and console us as we renew our faith in Your Son whom You raised from the dead,
strengthen our hope that all our departed brothers and sisters will share in His resurrection,
who lives and reignswith You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen