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Children to be Honored Mark
10:13-16 And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on
them and blessed them (Mark 10:16).
When we meditate on the sub theme "Attitude to the
Weak", one of the important areas to be noted is the role of children
in the kingdom of God. Ancient societies lacked the romantic notions of
childhood such as innocence and dependence.
1. Value-system of the
World: Here in this passage a child was highlighted as an example
of the values of the kingdom. S/he became the main character of his
teaching. Instead of considering children as learners, there are lessons
to be learned from them. Jesus made the example of a child to overturn
the disciples' argument regarding the greatest among them. The value
system disciples' promulgated were all together opposite to Jesus'
teaching. They were not ready to practice the importance of weak and
marginalized in the kingdom of God.
2. Lessons to be Learned
from Children: Jesus is warning the disciples that they must give up the
normal human temptation to become great. In those societies, the father
decided whether the child would even be accepted to the family. Children
belonged to their father and remained in his control. The saying "to
receive the kingdom like a child," must therefore refer to the
radical dependence of the child on the father for any statues or
inheritance. At the same time we should dependent only on God's grace.
Our relation to God is above all earthly relations though they are
Nobody can boast before God because we are all unworthy
servants and no permanent existence of our own. A child-like mind leads
to pray for others and be thankful to others' help. Pride and ego will be
washed away in such an attitude. May God strengthen all of us to be
humble before the throne of grace.
PRAYER Lord, we dedicate us to imbibe your value-system
and to participate in your kingdom, Amen. THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Even the smallest of things can teach the greatest
of things to humankind. 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 …
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