"I shall be filled with the vision
of you, Lord"
Not understood by the majority.
People who distanced themselves from
mindset of society
- that promises a lot but gives out
in order to save society.
People who despite the fact that many
had no riches, sexual coarseness or
yet were so contented.
People like St Francis who leaves the
of a spineless young man
in order to embrace poverty and walk
the streets of Assisi
shouting: "Love is not loved!"
People like St Clare, a beautiful eighteen
year old girl
who severs all ties from the comforts
a soft life, cuts her hair and leaves
so that she would belong to Christ
People like St Teresa of Jesus, a smart,
with a good sense of humour who closes
within four walls
because she claims that "God alone
People like St John of the Cross, a
full of love for nature and author
poems of love
that even today shock many scrupulous
People like St Ignatius of Loyola who
by God's love,
sets up a whole army of people
who want to work for God's greater
Very strange people.
But in their strangeness they found
The joy that never ends.
They found in Jesus Christ what they
what they always looked for.
And when they found him… they did not
anyone to steal him from them!
One has to be downright stupid to abandon
the love of one's heart!
However the question is 'which Jesus
did they find?'
The Jesus Christ of the holy pictures…
The Jesus Christ of devotions… sweet
Or the Jesus Christ of the Gospel?!
The cheerful Jesus Christ,
who used to go to weddings and enjoy
The one whom children just adored.
The one whose enemies branded as 'a
and a drunkard',
Who even allowed others - and I suppose
know who these others were! -
to anoint him with perfume,
and who told us to put on perfume when
The Jesus Christ that I know was very
The son of working class people,
he enjoyed everyone's company.
But preferred the kind of people,
whom society normally emarginates:
the poor, blue collar workers, sick,
He always knew what he wanted,
and moved forward
despite criticism and denigration of
Especially when his Father's glory
good of others were concerned.
And his joy was so contagious
That even today anyone who frequents
is mesmerized with unspeakable joy.
We too can follow His footsteps.
But beware… society will yet again
labelling us as 'strange'.
the only place the system found for
was a cross on a hill outside the city.
The disciple cannot be better than
Isn't that so?
As for me, I'd rather be on a cross
than on a soft bed but sad!
"The Spirit of the Lord Yahweh is on me
for Yahweh has anointed me
to soothe the broken-hearted
to comfort all who mourn in Zion,
to give them for ashes a garland,
for mourning-dress, the oil of gladness,
instead of disgrace, shouts of joy
My soul rejoices in my God,
For he has clothed me in garments of
He has wrapped me in a cloak of saving
like a bridegroom wearing his garland,
like a bride adorned in her jewels."
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