Soul over Stuff

“A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15) This profound statement made by Jesus was said when he taught about the Parable of the Rich Fool and can be read here Luke 12:13-21.  This is not a story about whether having riches is good or bad, or if having them makes one a fool or not. Jesus wants us to understand what truly matters in life. Hoarding possessions and trying to find happiness and security in them is as futile as building your house without a foundation. Let’s look at this passage and see … Continue reading Soul over Stuff

Are You Ready?

Between my husband and me, although I take longer than him to get ready to go somewhere, I usually am ready before him. He has the tendency to start getting ready 5 mins prior to the time we have to leave. Are you ready? This is a question you will find me asking my husband quite often at times like these. Being ready and prepared – I was reminded of the Parable of the ten virgins that we read in Mathew 25: 1-13, where Jesus warns about keeping watch and being ready for his return for the day and hour … Continue reading Are You Ready?

He must Increase and I must Decrease

We are all at some point struck with the want to feel and be important, to look good in the eyes of other people. There is this basic sociological drive to impress others. If we are driven by the desire to always ‘look good’ and be more important in comparison to others, what does it say about us? What does Jesus speak into this desire of putting on a persona of ‘looking good’ and wanting ‘importance’ by other people. In Luke 14:7-11, Jesus mentions a parable on being humble. It is always interesting to note the specific context that triggers … Continue reading He must Increase and I must Decrease

Humbled and Grateful to be Invited

What is the parable of the great banquet about? In Luke 14, Jesus is dining at a pharisees house with many prominent pharisees and Jewish leaders. Jesus had just healed a man on sabbath and talks about serving others. Jesus mentions to not reserve one’s hospitality to only those who can return so in kind but to extend it to others who cannot do so, like the poor, the disabled, the lame and the blind. And those who serve others “will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous (v14).” In response, someone at the table remarks that “Blessed is … Continue reading Humbled and Grateful to be Invited