Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
OUR MISSION TO THE LAST, LEAST AND
THE LOST MATHEW 25:31-40
Vs. 40 “In as much as ye have done it unto
one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
It is always amazing about
the fact that Jesus, son of God and the great teacher, identified with
those who are considered the least. This is so radically different from
the world standard. The world see people as resources, as whether
you can benefit me or not. The world gathers around those who are great
and neglects the marginalized. But Jesus who is truly the most
influential and greatest personality that ever walked on the earth
identified with the last, least and lost.
It is not just people
who commit outwardly sins like murder and adultery, who are cursed in to
the eternal fire. The people here are guilty for what they did not do.
This really causes us to check the reality within our own heart.
The needy in our
life might be a friend who is sick, people with burdened or
heavy-hearted or any type of need. Each time we pretend not to see
or hear or we do not respond to their needs or assume someone else will
take care of it, is a failure from our part to identify with Jesus
and grieves the heart of God who wants to use us to be the agent of His
love and source of blessing. The natural attitude towards sins of
omission is much like the response of the cursed, “Lord, when did
we see you hungry”. It is so easy not even know or recognize it.
Jesus never ceased to
work, reach out and touch the people in his three years of ministry.
He was without a doubt busy. So there is no time to relax.
The reality is that there are so many who are needy and broken. The
passage reminds us that there is much work to be done. Let us be faithful
to each person that God brings in to our life. It also reminds us that
there is no time to love. We must constantly fight against the passivity,
laziness and self-centeredness within.
This is one of the
most vivid parable and the lesson is crystal clear that God will judge us
in accordance with our reaction to human need. His judgement does not
depend on the knowledge we have amassed , or the fame we have acquired ,
or the fortune that we have gained, but on the help that we have given.
Loving God, help
us to say ‘yes’ to the human challenges, make us the people who heal each
other, who grow strong together, moving towards a common dream for a new
heaven and new earth in the power of your love. Amen
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
When we serve
others, we serve God.
Thomas, St. Thomas English Medium School, Surat.
Revelation for LiberationActs 27:18-26 Sherine ThomasLong Island MTC, NY 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small
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 …
Exodus 40:12-16 Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the Tent of
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…
Community Formation Around
Resurrection ExperienceActs 23:1-10 Vinod JohnsonCarmel MTC, Boston,
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
Sometimes, the only thing that keeps you going through a brutal winter is
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