Faith at Work

Sacrament: A moment of Encounter

I remember when I was going to receive the sacrament of confirmation. I was excited and thrilled. I was the youth version walking down the aisle, more like a preview to getting married. I remember the emphasis on what clothes to wear and how grand a party we will have after mass. It was an atmosphere of celebration and festivity, but largely limited to superficiality. As I reflect back, I feel that in this whole focus of inviting people for the party and deciding on what food I should serve, just to ensure that they do not gossip about how stingy we are, I missed out on a very important point – that I was going to encounter Jesus. Continue reading

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On Authority and Submission

This isn’t a new topic at all for many of us. Many of us struggle in this area of trying to submit to people above us, especially when we believe that we are (supposedly) much better than the person who is in authority.

How much does authority mean in a community like ours? Is it relevant at all? Isn’t each one of us guided by the Holy Spirit? Can I not bank on the years of experience that I have serving God in different places to be able to take a call and challenge the call of the leader? Continue reading

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I want to Break Free

I was intrigued by the story of a famous paediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson, who in 1987 performed the first ever surgery on Siamese twins, and separated them after a 22 hour long surgery.

Imagine being attached to another human being. The numerous restrictions on each other, multiple health problems and various other difficulties. Basically, one will not be able to live his/ her life properly.

While we may not have seen any such Siamese twins or had any in our family, the fact remains, whether we choose to admit it or live in denial, we have numerous things in life that we are attached to. Continue reading

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Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy

Be merciful just as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:36

What draws us to the throne of God’s mercy? Scripture tells us, that many people were drawn to Jesus – the Apostles, Zacchaeus and other unwanted and unlovable people – the blind, the lame, lepers, tax collectors, prostitutes etc. The Pharisees and scribes too were drawn to Jesus, but for reasons other than His mercy. Ironically, these very people (like us too) were as much in need of God’s mercy, as the people they despised. Continue reading