REALITY CHECK THIS CHRISTMAS !!
Reflecting on the response of Mary , the Magnificat , is a most timely /
Mary comes from a poor family , though not downtrodden, she is not a person of plenty. Joseph had a donkey so he did have some basic transportation. Mary had a sense for what is was to not have much and so she rejoices to know that she is one chosen by God.
There is that beautiful song - Mary did u know? - Maybe Mary just had an idea of what an
important person she was going to be - and joy filled her heart. Did she need to win a lottery? No! Her happiness did not depend on material riches. Some people made riches their reason for Christmas and now that the economy is down, they are worried. No need to be worried!! The happiness we are going to find at Christmas is not based on how much we spend either. Let’s do the Reality Check !! What are the things in life that really matter ! It’s Love, it’s the relationships and friendships that we have. A nice porch is only good when there a few people there to make it warm and lively.
In Isaiah 58, God calls us to “remove the yoke “ from the backs of the poor. The world tells us to do otherwise, it says that when you get a person to take advantage of, then ride them!! Mary said the God “fills the hungry “ but sends the rich away empty handed. If we can be generous to those in need, then God will surely be generous to us. If we can only get a small fraction of God’s generosity and blessings this Christmas, that would be so good.
The times in which we live may be testing, but we can still make it memorable and happy if we can lift someone’s burden and share with an open and loving heart. God bless You all.
With best wishes,Rev. Kendrick Sooknarine, Minister
Moments of Inspiration Ep.44Rev. Kendrick Sooknarine,
As the people of Israel moved out of Egypt, they were required to obey the laws which God gave to them through Moses. Later, as a nation, they often displayed a rebellious heart and they broke the sacred covenant which God had made with them The prophets, especially Hosea, compared this behaviour to that of an unfaithful wife. God had taken Israel as a bride, but instead of being thankful and faithful, she was wayward. The prophet Jeremiah also warned that people had wandered from the path which God had laid down and they preferred to walk on dangerous paths. ( Jer 18:13ff)
This “unfaithfulness” put Israel in a very dark place. We could say that Israel was being punished, but we could also say that the waywardness had disastrous consequences. The horrors are not of God’s doing , but they are the result of our own evil plots and schemes. Obedience to God’s holy laws has good consequences just as disobedience has its own pain.
Obedience is not one of our best virtues in 2017. Disobedience and rebellion have become more fashionable. So then what are the consequences? Do persons examine the consequences of their actions and habits? When we do realize that the “scene” is bad? Like the prodigal, when are we going to make a change?
To prepare for the experience of Good Friday and Easter demands that we must be prepared to “make that change”. To make the change in our hearts to be obedient to the will of God, to live according to the mandate of scripture rather than the customs that are considered “normal” around us. To be firm in our own beliefs, teachings and practices carefully choosing our new paths.
Jesus suffered for us. It is His call that we should make that change.
Yours in Christ' service,Rev. Kendrick Sooknarine, email@example.com
Moments of Inspiration Ep. 28
Rev. Kendrick Sooknarine,