The sick person needs a physician. When one feels fragile, vulnerable , feels that the waves are dashing over their head , where, whom could one turn to ?! One goes to God so He will help them . Our Lord says it so beautifully : “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” ( Matthew 11, 28 )
Jesus Christ with His faith , trust tries to give strength to the sinful, fallen man. Jesus knows well that God created Peter of a handful of dust , just like me or you . And when he stumbles , Jesus for this reason He is not saying :” I struggled with you for three years , and you did not even attend my funeral ….”- He is not saying this because He stills sees Peter as the Heavenly Father’s child , for Him man is still the most wonderful.
God cannot make the right decisions on our behalf , everybody have to make their own decision by love . Christ can be our guiding light , giving us light, hope , strength , can also lead us, deepen our faith , but the decisions have to be made by us . Our eternal life is the fruit of our decisions .
He ate ,slept , rejoiced , was afraid , suffered temptation and felt pain like any of us .
He does not wear our humanity as a piece of clothing , but becomes a true man as well . I believe and profess the teaching of our two thousand year old Church : That Jesus Christ is the Son of God , the true God became flesh as a true man, and His human heart perfectly mirrors God’s heart .
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
What sort of a personality has a man got who starts to idolise himself ? That man is a conceited , self-important , swollen headed , selfish man who at all costs wants to become the centre of attention .
We have no right to decide concerning the life of each other . Who has the right to declare that “ your life is not of full value so you are not worthy to live it “? One has to accept disabilities , the limited possibilities have to be accepted and within the given circumstances one has to try to live their lives to the fullest . Many times I experience , that well-to-do , so called healthy people getting into a deep depression , letting themselves go live their lives . At other times I see many sick people despite their disabilities ,live their lives happily . One has to accept a child born with disability , no matter what and has to be embrace that child with love .
One’s faith has to be as solid as a rock . So it does not falter , if one gets a clout around the ear or comes face to face with the evil spirit ! Whatever happens , I have to believe in God’s infinite goodness and love .
translated by dr k.e.
Photo depicts Ayres rock towards the middle of Australia.
Saint Teresa of Calcutta said :” I got to know the paradox : if I love till it hurts I forget the pain only love remains . Saint Padre Pio said :” Lets love pain ! Who has not suffered , they do not have strong feelings , their heart is lacking tenderness , from their soul the perspective . Why pain suffering ? So that the earth may grow dim , the heaven may become radiant !” Man is not looking consciously for suffering , in fact does everything to avoid it . Christ was not looking for it on the way to be crucified , but He emptied the chalice when the time came . He fell three times , but suffering great pains He got up , not with an arched back and a Hollywood smile did He carry His cross. His honour compelled Him to accept the suffering and tried to go on with human dignity . Even in this He was One amongst us and showed us an example . Jesus did not redeem the world by His miracles or great sermons , but with His suffering , and His death on the cross that He accepted out of His love for us .
The pinnacle of spiritual life is that infinite freedom , in which through our prayer life , the fulfilment of our daily obligations , the requests of the people in need , through the everyday events ,strengthened by the will of our superiors is God leading us in that way and in that direction that His Holy Majesty deems right .
A Christian is free, but not empty , he is filled by Christ . This blessed company is our greatest riches , the carrying of this blessed presence is the most wonderful “ burden” but we could also call it a prayer, a compass, a wordless dialogue …..