CHRISTIAN EDUCATION FORUM Word for the Day "Thy Word is a
lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path". Psalm 119:105
Family Sunday: Relationships Redefined in
Jesus Mark 3:31-35 Whoever does the will of
God is my brother and sister and mother (Mark 3:35).
We live at a very dangerous time when practically
everything is defined by and through religion. In this predicament,
human life is in a precarious state of existence today since
religions differ in their precepts, dogmas and doctrines and as a
result they become exclusive of each other. Religions, along with
many other factors, divide life into tiny cubicles within which human
beings are suffocated to
Jesus frees us from the clutches of this slavery by redefining every
area of life. Value of life and nothing else forms the basis of this
redefinition he imparts.One significant area he redefines and thus
transforms our perceptions is the area of human relationships.
In the text for today, Jesus clearly gives a new definition to the
relationships within the family. Normally, the family relationships
are very much closed since the parameters employed to define them are
all too human and sentimental. Here Jesus employs a hitherto unheard
of criterion to define family. He says, " .... whoever does
God's will is my brother and sister and mother."
For Jesus, life is rooted in God the Father and he understands
nothing outside of his relationship with the Father. Hence his words
above. Even family relationships which are generally very personal
and protected are understood on this ground by him. The limitations
of human love prevents us from accepting others who are not
biologically related to us as part of our own family.
This new perspective on family drafted for us by Jesus provides a
great release from our own selfish and putrified understanding of
family. The one binding force that keeps us all together is surely
the relationship that we keep with God and nothing biological. This
is the profound truth that this text imparts to us.
PRAYER Lord our God who is nothing but love, teach us
to go beyond our own horizons of love which precludes the vision of
others as our own, Amen. THOUGHT FOR THE DAY What am I in Christ will enrich what I am
in the family. Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar
PRIESTHOOD: THE ANOINTED MINISTRY 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
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