When you’ve got a big decision to make, how do you handle it? Do you go to someone you respect asking for their advice? Do you make a list of pros and cons to help you decide? Do you go for a walk to clear your head? Or maybe put it off for another day?
Three of the four gospels tell this powerful story about a withered hand. Each makes mention of this miracle, and all three use the same word to describe this man's condition: "withered hand." The term "withered" describes what once held life, but now the life is gone. (Like a flower.) That which was once strong is now fragile and weak. That which was once beautiful is now twisted and deformed.
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Today, we gather to explore a profound message drawn from the Gospel of Luke. To set the stage, I'd like to share a personal story, an incident from my own life that emphasizes the enduring significance of this message. Back in 2005, as the administrator of a school in Northeast India, I found myself thrust into an extraordinary situation one evening.
I invite you to reflect on a story that captures the essence of our tendency to procrastinate and delay what truly matters. It's a story of three young devils facing their final examination in Hell, a chilling scenario painted by Mark Link. They were trembling in cold sweat despite the heat. Their Principal, Professor Satanus, looked at them and said: "Just one question, what will you do on earth to bring a rich harvest of souls to me?"
A story is told of a Bishop who was often confronted by a wealthy man who talked very insolently. "I never go to church," boasted the rich man. "Perhaps you have noticed that, Bishop?"
Many young Indians, especially from the IT field, immigrate to the US and other countries in search of jobs and to build a bright future. But a few young Indians leave their high-profile jobs in multinational companies abroad and return to India to take up something creative and fulfilling.