Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
From half-disciple to Disciple: St. Mathew Day St. Luke 18:18-32
v22 Sell all that you own and distribute the money to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come and follow me.
In this passage, we see Jesus counselling the rich young ruler, who approached him for advice to gain eternal life, the ultimate reward hoped for by the Jews. The rich ruler was highly convinced of the fact that there was no reason he could be denied the ultimate reward of spirituality. He was blinded by his self-justified religious consciousness. Having appropriated all religious requirements and maintained all ethical and moral living standards, he assured himself to be most upright and qualified for higher spiritual rewards. But Jesus breaks his distorted sense of religiosity and reminds him that he is just halfway there and there is much more to go and be. But, with all his credentials, qualities and merits, we see that he was eventually just a “half disciple”. To be a disciple of Christ, one has to go beyond religious regulations. Religious requirements, though highly significant in life, are not an end in themselves. Discipleship is more about meaning and fruitful spirituality than routine and mechanical religiosity. Every Sacrament invites us for a sacramental living. If we do not appropriate that living, we are just at the halfway mark. Secondly, morality is not just refraining from doing wrong. Christian morality is more about doing what is right. Jesus clarifies to the rich ruler that there has to be a reform of his moral senses and sensibilities. One cannot climb the ladder of spirituality by being blind to the pains of the people around. In an age of exclusion and exploitation, Christian morality demands us not to be passive observers but to actively engage with the pathos of the people. It also demands us to detach from the clutches of power, possession, and popularity, and to develop alternate ways of living according to the Kingdom values. Today, as the Church meditates on the life of the Apostle St. Matthew, who left his place, position, and possessions on his journey to discipleship, let us detach ourselves from the clutches of prejudice, self-justifications, biased moral senses, and self-indulgences, to be creative and genuine disciples of Jesus.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Discipleship is not the claims you make, but it is what you are. From half disciple to Disciple: Revise your spirituality and Reform your moral sensibility.
PRAYER Help us, O Lord, to become disciples with meaningful spirituality, appropriate moral sensibility, and joyous wilfulness to bear the cross. Amen.
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
Revelation for Liberation Acts 27:18-26 Sherine Thomas Long 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 a
Community Formation Around Resurrection Experience Acts 23:1-10 Vinod Johnson Carmel MTC, Boston, MA 6 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 dead.” 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! In 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 resur