The Epiphany of the Lord
January 2, 2022Today’s Prayer:
Thank You, Lord Jesus, because You have shown me my heavenly Father’s face, and You guide me towards Him in Your light. Amen.Today’s Saint Quote & Prayer:
The Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same body,
and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
Today’s feast of Epiphany reveals the mystery St.Paul is talking about that the Gentiles are Coheirs , members of the same body and co partners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the Gospel. Christianity or followers of Christ is not like any other Worldly way of life but it is a revelation to every individual of this World. The revelation of Christ comes to every human in various ways and it is not a Human experience but a divine revelation. A revelation comes from God alone and not of human origin so any human efforts to reveal Jesus to the World is a big waste of time and not from God.
We see in recent developments in India many legislation has been introduced to stop Conversion by human allurements or influence or by any means of force to the poor and downtrodden. We remember our ancestors Converted in Goa by Portuguese in 1500 to 1700 was either for some benefits or for fear of the Authorities. If we glance at the History ,the most of the Religions existed due to the King’s dominance or the King’s Religion was by default become the People way of life , if any person objected to worship King’s Religion they were either killed and persecuted to accept the new way of life. This is the History which no one can deny all over the World. The Christianity was persecuted for almost first three hundred years of the early Christians and when Constantinople accepted Christianity as his official religion most of the Roman ruled World accepted Christianity as their way of life. The question is do these kind of Conversions are real transformation of hearts or a revelation of Christ to the People who do not know the love of God.
During the Portuguese inquisition many people migrated to the region of Mangalore to avoid the persecutions from Portuguese and fell in to the trap of Tipu Sultan who caught 120000 newly converted Christians from Hinduism and forcefully converted 80000 Christians in to Muslims in Srirangapattana in Mysore. This was the traditions of Conversions in the History of the World. Aryans came from the Middle East to India and became Hindus by Religion. We can talk about it from one generations to the other.
Though I was born and baptised in a Catholic Family and gone to become a Catholic Priest in my early years of life I never knew Christ in my life for 25 years. After 25 years of life as a Catholic , a dramatic and divine transformation took place in my life in the year 1994 , for the first time in my life I experienced the love of God in my life. I experienced God as real and is a living God who cares for me loves me and saves me from the Evil. I want to make a point to everyone who reads this reflection, can we experience God through human efforts or discipline or through the systematic institutions called Churches or through a disciplined Christian upbringing , my opinion is no because I was brought up in a good Catholic Family with all morning and evening prayers and with all obligations of the Church followed , I was an alter Boy for 10 years and then decided to discern my Vocation by joining the Priesthood, but I could not experience the fiber of God’s love in my life. I see many Christians who are old enough to understand the reality of life but have not experienced the love of God in their life.
Recently I met an Auto driver and he started conversing with me about his life as a Christian. I asked him , was he born as a Christian , he said no but just three years back he had an unique experience in a Bible awareness seminar invited by his friend and got anointed by the love of God. For the last three years he has been studying in a Seminary to know more about Christ. Baptism or Conversion is not mere a formality of giving Christian name but a divine activity of conversion of heart. The three Kings were not born in a Christian Family but non Christians , God revealed them the love of God in their own way of life and leaving their own way of life , they were in search of fullness of truth or fullness of love where they were not satisfied but to know the real truth of life.
Jesus Christ is not only a Savior of Christians but the Savior of Hindus , Muslims, Buddists, Jains, Jews and of the Whole World. There is love and truth in every religion and every religion is seeking and looking to attain the fullness of God. Jesus has been revealed to some people who have experienced the love of God and love of Neighbor. A person who has experienced the love of God , never hates any other Non Christians but loves them more than their fellow Christians.
I visited a Retreat Center , there were many people who had experienced the love of God from other Religions. The administrators were highlighting these people to draw attention of the attenders to convict them that the previous way of life was Evil. There is no Religion is Evil in this World , if we were born in that Religion we were also would have followed that Religion so organisation or any person has any right to call any Religion as Evil. If someone does this kind of evangelisation the love of Neighbour is not with him .
Every Religion has the love of God and Neighbor in one way or the other. From one generation to the other the traditions , rituals and selfishness of man has influence all the ways of life including today’s so called Christianity and corrupted the truth and love. Jesus Christ himself is a revelation to the Whole World, this revelation is a light no one in this World or the Netherworld can stop it because it is not natural but divine and super natural.
Pope Francis in his letter ON FRATERNITY AND SOCIAL FRIENDSHIP- fratelli-tutti – calls all humans in this World are brothers and sisters who are created in the likeness and image of God which supersedes all the other beliefs which is miscellaneous and need to be ignored or need to bear for the love of God. There is only one way to live in this World by the love of God and our Neighbor. Please read the following link of the document on fratelli-tutti and become enlightened with the light of Christ in the year 2022.