We are all living in the modern civilization. We see everyday changes taking place. The cultures have changed, traditions are disappearing. People have new ideology. Research in different fields have taken man to new heights of glory. The human societies all over the world are going through a drastic transition. Philosophies are ruling different countries. Man has lost many values that have been keeping families, communities and societies in harmony and peace. And therefore lot of fanatism and hypocracy is creping within the social mileu, and at this point, what brings true peace, harmony and social development and human dignity is only the life giving word of God. we read in St. Mark’s gospel, Jesus was asked by the scribes and Pharisees “why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of elders, but eat with the defiled hands?” (Mk. 7:5). Jesus answered them “This people honours me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they worship me teaching human precepts as doctrines, you abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition” (Mk. 7:6-8)

Last Sunday, we had the Gospel reading on feeding the five thousand from St. John’s Gospel chapter 6:1-14. Many will have gone for Sunday mass and listened to the boring, baseless and self-imagined, preaching of the preacher. Hence the Lord told me ‘Feed my sheep’ Jn. 21:15. Yes! My dear brothers and sisters, “The Lord is our shepherd and he feeds us with the green pastures and leads us to the fresh waters” Psalm. 23:1-2. ‘Feeding the Five Thousand’ this passage, should enlighten us and make us realize that the Lord, who is our shepherd, wants to feed us daily with the heavenly manna, which is the word of God and with fresh waters, which is his life giving spirit. When he fed those 5,000 men, besides many women and children, Jesus performed that miracle with 2 fish and 5 loaves. Even today he wants to feed us with the same. What are those 5 loaves? They are nothing but the first five books of the Holy Bible, and what are those 2 fish? They are the two testaments? Old Testament and the New Testament. If you feed just 5,000 men alone with this food, besides millions of women and children, still the remaining will be collected in 12 baskets, for further distribution. These 12 baskets were given to 12 disciples by Jesus. So that, they would continue to feed many more with Word of God.

The word of God tells us “Do not appear before the Lord empty-handed, for all that you offer is in fulfillment of the commandment. The offering of the righteous enriches the altar, and its pleasing odor rises before the Most High. The sacrifice of the righteous is acceptable, and will never be forgotten. Be generous when you worship the Lord, and do not stint the first fruits of your hands” – Sirach. 35:6-10

Many of us do not understand the importance of tithes or one-tenth. God says that one-tenth of everything that we have belong to him. “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house” – Malachi. 8:10

The greatest enemy of every man here on earth is fear. Fear rules most of the people in the world. Everyone is frightened of one or the other factor, in life. Fear of death, sickness, failure, being caught in unfaithfulness, etc. Lots of people are frightened about the future. What will happen, tomorrow and what will I do, if the situation comes tomorrow? For all these problems, my dear, the only solution is, Trust in God. “He will not fail you or forsake you. For he says I will never leave you or forsake you” (Hebrews. 13:5). So if you take his word seriously, I mean, if you believe in his word, you can confidently say “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid, what can anyone do to me?” (Hebrews. 13:6)

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Pray because it is needed,
Needed to bring near your enemies end,
To end all those wrongs and hatred,
Prayer filled with Spirit and Truth is needed.

For joy and peace pray,
If you are sad and your feeling bad pray,
You are happy and your laughing praise,
Pray to God, praise the Lord everyday.

In the days your living lean on him,
At your death bed remember him,
Call unto him day and night,
For God alone can protect you and reach you out.

Only Jesus and no one else can listen to you,
Call unto Jesus, on whom even saints and angels leaned on too,
The end is near and the world will fade,
Only Jesus can save you from going to the Hades.

- K. Maria Lobo, Mumbai

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TRUST IN THE LORD

I am not afraid of anything,
Nor do I worry about a single thing,
I have kept my hope in suffering,
Whatever I do my aim is to meet his decrees.

Why should we be anxious when God is on our side?
Didn’t he tell each one of us that he cares for us day and night.
Trusting his promises I believe we can make through this hard time,
Believe in his gospel which is true and which will help you rise.

He is with us and also he is in us.
We are more powerful than anything in this universe.
Because we adore the God who made this world,
Because He lives in us, we will reign with him forever.

Trust in the Lord at all times you who have renewed your life in Jesus Christ,
Let not your heart be troubled because of sufferings and crisis.
Jesus Loves you and he will take care of your every single needs
You only need to be still and trust in his ways and timings.

- K. Maria Lobo, Mumbai