Thursday of the 28th Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial of Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests, and Companions, Martyrs
October 19, 2017
For we consider that a person is justified by faith
apart from works of the law.
Does God belong to Jews alone?
Does he not belong to Gentiles, too?
Yes, also to Gentiles, for God is one
and will justify the circumcised on the basis of faith
and the uncircumcised through faith.
Today’s readings talk about the life in the Holy Spirit. Jesus gave us a new teaching on salvation and eternal life. Most of the ancient Religions like Hinduism, Judaism, Zoroastrianism believed that the Salvation can be achieved only through the good Works and all the Religions drafted rules, regulations and rituals for the Expiation of Sins and to attain Salvation. After the fall of the Tower of Babylon, the people scattered all over the World and spoke different languages and followed different traditions and Culture. Hinduism was one of the very ancient religions of the World. If we see some of the practices of Hinduism are very Common to Judaism, like animal sacrifice and offering the Blood for the expiation of Sins. Karma or good Works or Law of life leads to eternal life. The Knowledge or disciplined life of a Brahmin like the Levites and Scribes. There are Epics and set of rules of Vedas and Puranas to live disciplined life and overcome the power of Evil. There is Holy Spirit Working in the Religion of Hinduism just like Judaism but the Evil working through the Law & traditions. If we see Hindu practices compared to the modern World culture, they are much more holy and acceptable in the eyes of God like divorce and sanctity of Marriage, respect for Women, respect for elderly, discipline in food, meditation and prayer so on.
Mahatma Gandhi believed in Ram Raj and respected every religion and dispelled the darkness of Evil of Discrimination, Caste, Creed and freedom but was killed by the Hindu fundamentalists. Deepavali is a festival of Victory over Evil as Ram kills the Evil King Rawan and establishes a Kingdom of Love and Peace. Hindus call the Kingdom of God as Ram Raj , a Kingdom of Peace and Happiness. Jews even today expect a Messiah emerging with great power and strength and destroy the power of Evil. Hindus believe the Current age is Kali Yug or Evil Age and the last age of the Hindu Calendar. Hindus Expect Ram Raj will be established by the end of this age. What is Ram Raj or messianic age?
In the Acclamation of the Gospel Jesus says: I am the way and the truth and the life, says the Lord;
no one comes to the Father except through me.
Why did Jesus tell that he is the only way to reach the Heaven? St. Paul in the first reading answers this question: Now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, though testified to by the law and the prophets, the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. The justification and the reconciliation to our loving God comes from the faith and through the blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus became the Lamb of God and died for the Whole World and justified all mankind including Hindus, Jews, Parsees, Jains, Muslims, Sikhs by shedding his blood on the Cross as expiation for our Sins. Those who believe in him and his message of Salvation Gospel will be set free from Evil and receive the Holy Spirit the love and fellowship of God. So the salvation can not be attained through our fleshly good works because our bodies are corrupted and become the part of Evil so whatever good works we do from our Bodies or Knowledge of the mind we can not give glory to God because the action of our Body and mind are one way or the other is Evil. This is the reason the Law , rules, regulations, rituals bring only destruction and chaos like the Tower of Babel.
The Salvation can come only from God and this is the reason God himself becomes man takes birth in the form of Jesus and offers a Perfect sacrifice of his flesh and reconciles human to God and attains the lost Glory of God the Holy Spirit. Jesus offers a deal to every human, anyone believes in him , he will give him the Spirit of God to become the Son and daughter of God.
Hindus or Jews or even Christians by birth who do not understand the meaning of this Salvation and believe and receive the Holy Spirit and live and die in that Spirit cannot enter the Kingdom of God . This is not any discrimination between any beliefs or justifying Jesus as right way but the moral science of justification and Salvation from our Sins. We must be educated and look at the light of the World Jesus in our life. If we see the light of love in our neighbourhood or in the World and still hold on to our present pride of darkness then we will not have any justification at the end of the age. The light came in to the world but people preferred darkness. The Christian teaching of love, forgiveness, charity and faith in Jesus and the fruits of the Holy Spirit from the true followers of Christ like love, peace, patience, self-control, generosity will testify against every person who do not believe in the goodness and mercy of God. Jesus is the Messiah of Peace love joy and unity , those who do not believe this Prince of Peace chooses to live in darkness of ignorance and Pride. If a man or Woman has a Will power and Wisdom to Work, Marry, Make Children and choose right and wrong of this World must also encountered Jesus the light of the world somewhere in their life inviting them to believe in him. The choice of every person whether to believe in the light or live in the rut of darkness of Evil.
God is merciful and sends Prophets and educates them through the Law of Salvation but People kill the prophets and reject the Commandments of God. If science says without Air and Water, man cannot live so without Jesus and Holy Spirit we cannot experience the love of God and our near and dear once on this Earth or to Come. Jesus is real light of Deepavali who dispels the darkness of hatred and violence. All the figures of the old deities or Gods require Jesus in their life to reach the Kingdom of God because there is no other Way to Heaven because He is the only one who came from Heaven and died for the sins of the Whole World. Today I pray to our loving Father to draw more and more people towards his Son Jesus Christ to believe in him and saved from the World, Flesh and Devil.