✝️ REFLECTION CAPSULE FOR THE DAY – November 23, 2021: Tuesday
“Allowing Jesus, the King of kings and the Lord of lords to adorn the Temple of our lives!”
(Based on Dan 2:31-45 and Lk 21:5-11 – Tuesday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time)
“God himself cannot sink this ship!”
>> “The captain can, by simply moving an electric switch, instantly close all the doors, practically making the vessel unsinkable”
>> “We believe that the ship is unsinkable.”
These were some of the comments and claims that were made about Titanic – the largest ship in the first half of the 1900s
>> But all these proud and arrogant assertions found a watery grave, with the sinking of the Titanic on the morning of 15th April 1912, killing over one thousand five hundred people.
It was a massive tragedy of the loss of many lives. Indeed, a very sad moment!
>> But it was also a horrific lesson to humankind on the need to be aware of her limitations.
>> It was also a torrid warning to generations on the need to be on the guard, always.
“Being on the watch” is a necessity and a basic requirement in every sphere of human life!
The Gospel of the Day presents this message of being vigilant and alert in our lives.
Gazing on the glorious Temple of Jerusalem, Jesus makes a prophetic saying, “As for these things which you see, the days will come when there shall not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” (Lk 21:6)
These words would have come as a big shocker and a tantalizing scandal to His listeners.
>> Who would have thought that the Titanic would ever sink?
To think of the Jerusalem Temple being totally destroyed was a case next to impossible.
>> The Jerusalem Temple was the holiest shrine of the Jews.
>> The Jerusalem Temple was the pulse and the heartbeat of the Jewish Faith.
>> The Jerusalem Temple was the greatest source of joy and pride for the Jews.
Any attack or any destruction of this Great Edifice of Faith was unimaginable and intolerable.
>> Yet, Jesus makes this powerful and daring prophecy.
What is the structure and edifice of joy and pride in our lives?
> Is it a structure…
… of fat bank-balances and transient fame and popularity
… of remarkable public positions and offices of high ranking
… of enjoying life with temporary pleasures and passing addictions?
All too often we have heard people saying:
>> “I have enough money and I am happy with my life!
Just enjoy today to the max. Who knows what happens tomorrow?”
>> “The status that I am in today, is a result of my hard work and labour.
Why should anyone interfere in my private life to prevent me from enjoying it in my own style?”
History teaches us that structures built without the Power and Grace of God is bound to fall.
The Tower of Babel is a classic example from the Bible. (Gen 11: 4-9)
>> Built on human pride and aspiration, it had a catastrophic collapse
The lives of many people are also a lesson for us – Samson, King Saul, King Solomon, Judas.
They had their moments of great glory and splendour.
>> But when pride and self-interest crept into their lives, they lost the touch of God’s hand!
We may glory and shine in beauty for some time, by just banking on our capabilities.
>> But unless we remain in firm obedience and faithful commitment to the Lord, we are bound to fail!
None of us are, and can be unsinkable!
>> An obstinate stand that I can manage my life by myself is hazardous.
>> A proud feeling that no power in the world can shake me is dangerous.
>> An arrogant outlook that I am the sole master of my future and destiny is perilous.
Yes, let God be God in our lives!
>> Let Him enthrone the highest place and the privileged position in our lives.
May Jesus, the King of kings and the Lord of lords adorn the Temple of our lives.
>> With Him we can shine forever. With Him we can stand forever.
>> With Him we can glory forever.
God Bless! Live Jesus!
– Fr Jijo Jose Manjackal MSFS
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📖 Discovering the beauty of the Catholic Church through the Catechism
WHO BELONGS TO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH?
>> “Fully incorporated into the society of the Church are those who, possessing the Spirit of Christ, accept all the means of salvation given to the Church together with her entire organization, and who…
… by the bonds constituted by the profession of faith, the sacraments, ecclesiastical government, and communion…
… are joined in the visible structure of the Church of Christ, who rules her through the Supreme Pontiff and the bishops.
>> Even though incorporated into the Church, one who does not however persevere in charity is not saved. He remains indeed in the bosom of the Church, but ‘in body’ not ‘in heart.'”
>> “The Church knows that she is joined in many ways to the baptized who are honoured by the name of Christian, but do not profess the Catholic faith in its entirety or have not preserved unity or communion under the successor of Peter.”
>> Those “who believe in Christ and have been properly baptized are put in a certain, although imperfect, communion with the Catholic Church.”
>> With the Orthodox Churches, this communion is so profound “that it lacks little to attain the fullness that would permit a common celebration of the Lord’s Eucharist.” (CCC # 837-838)