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Knowledge alone is not Experience

Fr. Cheriyan Menacherry CMI

Some disciples of John the Baptist wanted to follow Jesus. Not only them, but many other people followed Jesus and became his disciples. It is written in John's Gospel that people said to John the Baptist: “Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan—the one you testified about—look, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him” (Jn 3:26).


Ultrasonic waves of Faith

Fr. Cheriyan Menacherry CMI

It is quite normal, before we go on a long journey, that we give instructions to our family about anything important. Jesus Christ did just the same before he made his long journey to heaven (ascension). At that time, one of his heartfelt concerns was faith. Therefore, He said to disciples before His departure to heaven: "The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; but the one who does not believe will be condemned." (Mk 16:16).


Existential Emptiness – the door to the Resurrection

Fr. Cheriyan Menacherry CMI

There may be different causes for the deep disappointments, pains and sufferings. But there is something common: the feeling of hopelessness and existential emptiness. In the moment of absolute emptiness, one can feel God’s presence. Nobody is exempted from the existential darkness. The Atheists or the saints, all will be experiencing the painful ‘nothingness’.


Who is my Neighbour? (Lk 10:29)

Fr. Cheriyan Menacherry CMI

Is the one who is living in the neighbourhood? Are my relatives and friends my neighbours? One may think that the idols in sports and games or in music and film are ones neighbours. Perhaps they are all our neighbours; and to love them is indeed easy.


Christians:  Sadists?  Masochists?

Fr. Cheriyan Menacherry CMI

It was a sprint. A world-famous athlete was the favourite for the gold. The race began. The track burned. Still only 100 meter more. He was about to break the world record. Exactly at the point, he has a muscle spasm in his leg. It was a terrible fall on the track.


Modern Pharaohs and the Slaves

Fr. Cheriyan Menacherry CMI

With great concern Jesus attended to the needs of his disciples: “When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, ‘Bring some of the fish that you have just caught’.” (Jn 21:9-10).  Earlier Jesus know the difficult situation of his disciples: "Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.


Conversion is positive!

Fr. Cheriyan Menacherry CMI

Convert from? to? “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”(Mt 4:17): the first public speech, of Jesus Christ.  For decoration a woman cut a beautiful sunflower from the garden and with joy placed it in the living room in a vase.


Who is Jesus Christ – who are you?

Fr. Cheriyan Menacherry CMI

I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God,” (Jn 1:34) so declared John the Baptist about the true identity of Jesus Christ.  Who is Jesus Christ?  Is He only a human being...

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