Saturday July 25, 2020
Feast of Saint James, Apostle
2 Corinthians 4:7-15
You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them,
and the great ones make their authority over them felt.
But it shall not be so among you.
Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant;
whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave.
Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served
but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Who is a Gentile and what is the true meaning of a Gentile. In the old Testament the Non Jewish People were called Gentiles. In the New Testament Christians were called Gentiles by the Jews. Christians call Gentiles for everyone who do not follow Jesus. Muslims call everyone who do not follow Mohammad’s teaching . Hindus call who do not follow Vedas and Purana’s as Gentiles . Gentiles are projected as people who are destined to hell or deserve hell.
Jesus gives us the true meaning , or the definition of a Gentile in the Gospel. Gentile or a Non Believer is a person who seeks Worldly success or Worldly Prosperity or tries to stand first or to be recognized in the Worldly standard or receive a Guinness award for life time Worldly achievement as their goal in life. The teachings of Jesus is great enlightenment or revelation for people who want to live a true life on this earth. The Christian life is not a superficial spirituality or in success and Prosperity but based only on love. The true meaning of love is the one who serves and lays his life for the good of others. This exactly what Jesus did in his life and want us to do in our life. St. Paul went through this servant attitude in his earthly life and became Victorious not living a superficial Spirituality but a Practical life of living death in his earthly life so that he may live a Victorious life of Spirit of love.
Following the World and its Prosperity and success is an idol Worship. Every Individual whose actions are motivated towards Worldly and self success is an idol worshiper or a true Gentile or Non Believer of the true love or teachings or Gospel of love . In this Context it does not matter whether that individual is a Baptised or Non Baptised,Hindu or Muslim , Mother or Father or Priest or evangelist or Pastor or Industrialist or Politician or Social Worker or scientist or a physician or of any way of life, the simple definition of a true follower of Jesus or true follower of love is the one who lives in love for others.
There are many unsung saints in our midst who work at the back ground who are real followers of Christ. On the day of judgement we will be surprised to see the people whom we thought Holy and deserved eternal life are rejected in the Holy Place and the people whom we call Gentles or deserve Hell are welcomed in the Holy Place of love.
Let look at our lives where are we , are we in the rat race of success and Prosperity of this Worldly life or we are people who strive and work to build a World of love and Charity by sacrificing our life for the good of others. When we talk of good of others , the goodness is not to give others the Worldly life but make other people loving people and people of dignity. Some Parents say we sacrificed our whole life by making our Children great people of Worldly degrees and Success, this kind of sacrifice is self oriented and self motivated like the mother of James and John who wanted her Children to be seated one at right and left. But the Kingdom of love is to make our Children , Children of love and Charity and live a life of servant hood for the benefit of others. St. James became a Martyr and St. John was a great great Disciple of love.
Prayer : Lord Jesus , teach us to love others and die for others.Amen