Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Mission of sharing Christ
Vs.49”…,I am sending upon you
what my Father promised;…”
Luke 24 is about Christ’s
appearances after resurrection. He walked with two travelers on their way
to Emmaus(Vs.13-32).They (one named as Cleopas) were running from
Jerusalem, where the crucifixion took place. The “risen Christ”
joined them on their journey, talked to them and clarified the
scriptures. They returned to Jerusalem and shared the news with ten of
the disciples who were gathered in the upper room on Sunday evening.
In Vs.36-43 we find that when they were talking about
resurrection, Christ came to their midst and greeted them. He
showed the marks on His body and broke bread with them. He then entrusted
them the duty of carrying the Word to all the nations.
For our meditation, let us
focus on the three main dimensions regarding mission.
1.Mission is sharing Christ’s peace in the peace less
Christ appeared to the
disciples when they were filled with fear. They locked themselves for
safety in the upper room. Christ went to them, even though the doors were
locked and greeted them with Peace. He showed them His wounds and marks.
He greeted and ate with them.
Despite of His wounds and pain, He came to greet the
disciples with heavenly peace .Peace from Christ is not the absence of
pain or struggle but it’s the presence of to face the challenges.We
receive “heavenly peace” from the Holy Communion.After the final
benediction we are send to the world to be the agents of peace in
the peace less world.
Michelle Knight (a young
single mother when she was kidnapped by a local school bus driver at
Cleveland) came out with a book narrating her peace she regained after one
year of freedom,in her book, “Finding Me".It narrates about the
peace she found to face the world.
2 .Mission is
sharing the love and fellowship of Christ:
They not only received
greetings from the Risen Christ, but also got the fellowship of eating
together(Vs.42,43). Thus they regained the joy and happiness. Holy
Communion is our meal with the Risen Christ. We participate in it not to
quench our hunger but to experience the love and fellowship of Christ.
We need to work as the true
bearers of love and fellowship to the people around. Involved in our
daily chores and duties we are very busy and often unable to give joy and
fellowship to even our family members. Mission has to start at home and
in our neighborhood.
3. Mission is sharing the message of salvation
Christ told his disciples to
proclaim the Gospel to all nations. Wait to receive the “power on
high”.Vs.49.Mission entrusted is to be proclaimers of Gospel. We, as
contemporary, disciples have the responsibility to spread the Gospel
through our actions and reactions, verbal and non-verbal dealings. We
live in a multi-religious/muti-cultural world. We meet people of
different faith and even atheists.Is it possible for us to be examples of
the Gospel ,in the given context? Remember it is our mission.
Abba Father,help us to carry
out your Mission in the given context -Amen.
Rev. Renu John, St.Thomas Mar
Thoma Church, Chennai
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tempest raged, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.
“After winter comes the summer. After night comes the dawn.
And after every storm, there comes clear open skies” so said a Scottish
clergyman from the 1600s. It’s been said, that hope can sometimes be the most
dangerous weapon. However, it’s sometimes the hardest weapon to carry
when you’re living with the loss of a loved one, something that almost feels
like a terrible nightmare that’ll never go away. It’s a weapon difficult
to carry when day in and day out no one seems to hear or see those tears that
are shed or silent cries that are made during a heartfelt prayer. It’s a
weapon difficult to carry as you see your loved one lying on that hospital bed.
It’s a weapon difficult to carry as you search and seek out answers to
tell a child as to why they’ve been abused, abandoned, and …
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Meeting... wash them with water. Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments,
anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest (Exodus 40: 12-13). Priesthood
among the people of God was a divine command and initiation. God wanted some
people to be separated for the special ministry among his people. God appointed
Aaron and his descendants to take up this kind of ministry among the people of
God. Priests are always separated and appointed as channels that connect God
with his people. All throughout the history of Israel, priests played an
important role in connecting people with God and to lead and guide them in the
statutes of God. But there are incidents in the Bible where the priests failed
in their duties and that led the people to go away from God. So the priests
have a special and significant ministry to perform in this world among his
people. Two important things from thi…
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MA6 When Paul noticed that some were Sadducees and others
were Pharisees, he called out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son
of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection of the
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the hope for the spring. It may have been a hard hope to hold on to this
particular year in New England - a year in which Boston considered dumping not
tea, but the ever growing mounds of snow into its harbor. And yet, the waist
deep snow has dissolved away. White desolation has given way to increasingly
visible green shoots of spring. A resurrection is at hand!
this passage, Paul tries to defend himself before the Sanhedrin Council. He
seeks to drive a wedge between the Pharisees who believed in resurrection and
the Sadducees who did not; even though neither believed in the resurrection of