Gospel truth is bitter to the sick people of this World. By: Ivan Rodrigues-Bangalore-India

4th July 2021

14th Sunday of the Ordinary Time

https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/070421.cfm

But you shall say to them: Thus says the LORD GOD! 
And whether they heed or resist—for they are a rebellious house—
    they shall know that a prophet has been among them
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We see in the History of church , the Gospel preaching was not a Cake walk or a celebrity event but it was adventurous and very risky act because the preachers had to preach the love of God among the rebels of this World. Even today I have noticed if we preach the Gospel of love and forgiveness to the hard heart people who do not believe in love and forgiveness and existence of the love of God in this World , they retaliate in anger and Violence. Violence , insults, persecution, murder is noticed through out the History of Christian Evangelisation.

God’s love is thousand times more than the envy of material man and Evil. God prepares people like Prophets,Rulers, Priests, Preachers, Laity thousand times more Compassionate and more Zealous to the Word of God and to his work. I remember a story of deity who tried to save a Scorpion which had fallen in a Water and was trying to come out of the Water to save its life. Each time the deity tried to save the Scorpion out of the water, the Scorpion bit him . The onlookers called the Deity stupid and insane but the deity said biting is the natural instinct of a Scorpion but love, Charity, Sacrifice is the instinct of a Human being.

God works in the Weakness of Man , weakness does not mean temptations and Sins alone but Worldly defeat and Worldly disappointments. A preacher well said ” a disappointment in this Worldly life is an appointment with God”. God’s ways are beyond our imagination , we may be disappointed and stressed due to the Pandemic due to loss of Job, Finances, death so on but each loss is the driver to the God’s love the Holy spirit. People in this Pandemic are purified and a new meaning to life has been defined in a new way of life. God uses every opportunity to proclaim his love whether it is good or Evil , Happiness or sadness, Prosperous or in poverty.

Gospel preaching in the Contemporary World is not from the Pulpit or from the TV screen but in life of witness, persecution and forgiveness. A real Gospel is not I scratch your back and You scratch my back but proclaimed in truth, boldness and Courage. The persecutions , objections and Violence are the real positive signs that the Gospel truths are working in peoples life, they are good and leads them to the Whole truth of love. The Prophets, Apostles and our Lord Jesus were not accepted by people who believed the false teachings of this World but persecuted repeatedly in Violence and death. Ezekiel was thrown in the Prison against every Prophesy he uttered against Kings and People but he did not stop Prophesying , the more they were persecuted the more they preached and finally put to death. A preacher loses the fear of Human death but fears the eternal death.

Prayer : Lord make us real Witnesses of Christ on this Earth.Amen.

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