Tesday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time
September 5, 2017
We are not of the night or of darkness.
Therefore, let us not sleep as the rest do,
but let us stay alert and sober.
For God did not destine us for wrath,
but to gain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep
we may live together with him.
Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up,
as indeed you do.
The readings of today encourage us to be aware of our calling and our mission. The followers of Christ are not the people live in Sin or in the bondage of any demons of evil. But we may say we are Baptised Christians and we will inherit the Kingdom of God. If we live in the spirit of Baptism, we will inherit the Kingdom of God but if we do not live in Spirit of God but instead invite the Evil Spirit of possessions, greed, Anger, Pride, jealousy, drunkenness, luxury, gluttony, laziness, false Worship, unforgiveness so on, then we will not be called the Children of light or God, but children of darkness and of Devil. These are very harsh Words but they are true and in the readings of today. The wrath will come upon the Evil doers suddenly and there will be no peace and security to these kinds of Hypocrites who show they are baptised Christians but the works are of the Devil. But the people who are Christians by baptism and Christians by Charity put their faith in Jesus and he will be their security and peace during the sudden wrath or fall. Now a days we see many people who are influenced by the Word of God in the lived culture or society or people or education or constitution or just listening to their conscience and live a Christian life without acknowledging Person of Jesus as their Lord and Master.
The Church Baptism is a sacrament which helps us to acknowledge Jesus as the Lord and Master of our life. If we do not live this Baptism which is to follow the person of Jesus whom we have surrendered our life, the value of the Baptism goes void and null. There is no meaning for this kind of Baptism but if a non-Baptised person lives the life of Jesus in his actions, he receives a Baptism in the field or in action, this is called field Baptism. There are many people of this kind in today’s World which only God can understand these people on the judgement day. The theology or any kind of reasoning or logic or philosophy cannot understand these hearts but only the Spirit of God.
The words of encouragement are words of deliverance which dispels the darkness of that depressed and bonded individual of fear and anxiety and bring peace and security. The Word of God has been working different areas of our society, education, governments, rules and regulations and definitely in families and even in other religious teachings so we must respect and discern the Word of God which is working in another people’s life. Christianity is a religion of all religions, when all religions come together with their goodness, the Christianity takes birth or God’s Word is manifested or revealed in their life. We cannot call Christianity a religion but a revelation of God’s Word on this Earth and Jesus is the name of this Word of God or revelation. This revealed Word of God has authority and power to dispel the power of darkness and free mankind from the bondage of Sin and Devil. When we see Jesus the Word of God or the Holy Spirit or the love of God in others and love them with the same love of God , we can call ourselves true children of light or God or followers of Christ or Christians.
Mother Theresa followed this principle, she saw Jesus in every person of this World and did not focus on Baptism but gave them the love of God by service and affection. She said I make a Hindu a better Hindu or a Muslim a better Muslim or an atheist a better atheist. She saw the Goodness of God the Word of God or Jesus in each and every person and filled them what they were lacking with the love of God in their life. All these people saw Jesus in her and transformed their life to live a better life of Jesus or the Word of God. Those who were with the Words of eternal life will live forever and they are called true children of love or light.