Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Mission in Christ Spirit
Vs. 1.Come now, you
rich people, weep and wail for the miseries that are coming to you.
A warning to Rich oppressors and those who depend on their
This epistle was written by the brother of Jesus who
became an Apostle once he saw the Resurrected Jesus. The theme is a
practical Christianity. The epistle of James was probably the first New
Testament book and he tries to correct the wrong practices and
behaviors of the Christians.
Once we become a Christian we are a new creation and it
will produce a new character in us.
James is a book about the application of our faith and the
importance to learn and grow in Christ. That way, we can grow in faith
and maturity so that we can apply our Christian character and conduct
in how we behave with others. James clearly states that once we have
faith we are given victory over temptation and sin (chapter 1); chapter
2- faith produces impartial love and chapter 3 - control on ones Tongue
- gracious in speech. Chapter 5 victory over wealth and the dependency
to this world and wealth.
At the same time James very strongly warns us the judgment
that happens to those who accrue wealth by wrong means, by exploiting
God created a very beautiful world for all the people and
all the creatures and we should be responsible and we are accountable
for the usage of the resources of this world that God gave us.
We must not depend on wealth rather we should live by
faith. Our citizenship is in the Kingdom of God and when we deal with
wealth we are to remember that we are only the trusties not the owners
of the wealth that God entrusted us.
Proverbs 11:28 Those who trust in their riches will fall,
but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.
Jesus also many times warns us not to depend on wealth.
Mathew 19:24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through
the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom
The story of the Rich man and Lazarus, and the parable of
the Rich fool clearly teaches us that we should not accumulate wealth
by exploiting the poor or by oppression and that we are not to depend
Heavenly Father, make us to grow in faith and give us
the grace to see the need of others and be good neighbors. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
"Those who love money will never have enough. How
meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness! "
Mathews Thomas, CT Mar Thoma Congregation Christian
Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church
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 …
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
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…