Monday, February 16, 2015

Lent 2015 - Reflections (video)

Lenten reflections 2015

Repent and return

Lent comes and goes every year but despite claiming to be believers in Jesus, we continue to live in sin, even though Jesus had asked us to repent. In fact repentance is one of the most important requirements of Lent but it is the most disregarded as we are ruled by arrogance and power where there is no place for repentance and remorse. Repentence is seen as a sign of weakness in today’s world.

All of us at some time in our lives hurt others with our words and deeds. At times we hurt those who had loved us so much and have done everything for us. We fail to realise how much those we hurt are suffering because of us. Doing wrong and hurting others in not uncommon but is more important is      we must be humble enough to admit our wrongs, repent and return to God. This should be what should make us different from non-believers.

Lent is very much about “Repent and return” to the ways of God from the sinful lives we may leading now. God has given us full freedom to do what we want with our lives, which include making mistakes and doing wrong. We go into the world and do lot of evil. But God is always waiting for us to return to him, repent and return. He has given us all we need to realize our wrongs - a discerning mind, adequate intelligence and guiding lessons, at times painful, in life. If we still ignore His calls and signals to repent, it is too bad. 

God is all forgiving - even the most serious sin he will forgive if we repent. Those of us who are living in sin, Lent is a time to open our eyes to realize the wrongs, repent and return to Him who is waiting to take us back into His arms.  

This  "repent and return" theme may bring a little reassurance to those whose spouse, children or even a close friend may have left them and are involved some sinful activities. Pray and continue to do good and have hope the separated person will repent and return to you one day we must be prepared to accept them back.

If God can wait and accept the return of even the greatest sinner who are we to reject those who have sinned but repents. We too must accept them back with open arms like the father in the parable of the Prodigal Son.

This Lent let us all ask God to grant us the HUMILITY to REPENT for the bad we have done and are doing.Let us reach out to those whom we have hurt and say sorry from the bottom of our hearts.At the same time let us forgive those who sinned against us.

 Have a meaningful and blessed Lent


Saturday, December 27, 2014

48th Wedding anniversary greetings

Dear Wilfred & Alice Jeremiah
We know that marriage is a life of ups and downs,trials and tribulations and a life that is full of challenges from the time you said “I do” in front of God 48 years ago 
The fact that you have come out together unscathed in that most difficult and arduous journey speaks volumes for the deep love you have for each other 

We are deeply touched and inspired by your resilience to endure together the challenges that you both have encountered in this long journey of 48 years

 We pray that the Lord bless you both with many more years of good health, peace and happiness together so that you can continue to be an inspiration us and for many who have taken the first step in their path of matrimony

May our heavenly Mother be with to guide you through in the remaining part of that difficult journey

God bless you both

With Love

 Dr.Chris & Joice

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas 2014 – The joy of Christmas

Not in trees and lights but in the family

We are in the season of Christmas and preparing to celebrate this festival in our own ways. As we do so may be should take a look at how some others are doing and expecting this Christmas.

Mr.A is a 60year old man who was so busy putting up his Christmas tree and the decorations in the typical colors of Christmas. These are not cheap anymore but he says he has been doing that for 50 years and that brings the Christmas mood. For him there is no Christmas without the decorated Christmas tree. He was so excited about his children returning home for Christmas to spend just 2 days with them.

Mr.B is a 68 year old man who says Christmas in not what it used to be when he was young when all his brothers and sisters, seven of them, would come back home and spend valuable time together with their parents. Today although he still has some of them around, but sadly they are not in talking terms. In fact he becomes so sad when reflecting on Christmas of the past with them.

Mr.C is a 70 year old retiree. When his own children were young he used to have such wonderful times with them, buying new clothes, presents and spring-clean his home. He remembers the lavish dinners with roasted turkey and wine. Today he sits alone with his wife and wait but their children are too busy to come home. They give all sorts of excuses for being not able to come home for Christmas.

Mrs.D is an 80 year old woman who is sitting alone in an old folk’s home for the past 3 years. She waits eagerly for the return of the only daughter to take her home for Christmas or at least come to spend some time with her. She did not come the last 3 years but she hopes she will turn up this year. She is anxiously waiting for her with great hopes. Will the daughter turn up?

Mrs.E is a 60 year old man used to celebrate Christmas in a very happy way with his parents, children and siblings. This year his daughter wants to leave the home due to some incompatible differences. Christmas is not the same any more as his heart is preoccupied with the daughter wanting to leave him.Will she leave him?

Yes, Christmas reminds us of Christmas trees, decorations, new clothes, roasted turkey and wine. But is this auspicious day all about these physical things? What does Christmas mean to you? What does the birth of Jesus mean to us who call ourselves to be his followers?

When we were young Christmas was about trees, lights, feasts, clothes and gifts. At that time the family unity was not an issue as our children were small and loved our company. We took family unity for granted but today when they are adults themselves things have changed. The trees and lights, feasts and gifts are all there but the family may not be there. Now we realize it is not the trees and lights that brings us joy but the family unity.

As we celebrate Christmas this year let us remember the many families that are disintegrated and separated. Let us remember the parents who are longing for their children and also those children who have been left neglected by their parents. We pray that the infant Jesus guide them to bring back the true joy of Christmas back into their lives once again.

Those of us who have caused hardship and pain to others and those living in sin let us allow Jesus to be reborn into our lives to guide us in right path which would bring His joy to us,our families and those around us.

A joyous and blessed Christmas.