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_”When Jesus saw His mother, and the disciples whom He loved standing beside her, He said to His mother, “woman, here is your son. Then He said to the disciple, here is your mother.”_

By this singular declaration and approach, Mary became the mother of all believers since John represents all believers. Mary gained this motherhood through obedience to the will of God. Eve, who was to be the mother of all lost this position through disobedience as we see in the first reading.

Beloved, the act of disobedience of Eve has three implications for her and for all humanity. The story of this tragedy of disobedience has three moments: temptation, fall and judgment.

Like the first Eve, every human being is tempted in this or similar fashion. Whenever we disobey God and commit sin we fall into temptation and fall out of grace. But here is another ‘Eve’, Mary, mother of God, who through obedience to God, became the mother of all believers. And Angel Gabriel proclaimed her to be full of grace. Through our constant obedience to God, we will always be in the state of grace and always at peace with God.

Falling into temptation leads to disobedience. Disobedience from the position of the fall of man in Genesis 3, means to be self sufficient, to be lawless or lawless autonomy, to determine our own destiny, to be proud, etc. These are all attributes of Lucifer. Whenever we want to be on our own apart from God’s help, we fall into the sin of Lucifer. Let us learn obedience from Mary, the mother of the Church and we will always be in good standing with God.

The result of the sin of disobedience and fall is banishment from the presence of God, which also means loosing the paradise. Adam and Eve, were ostracized and lost paradise. Mary, the New Eve through whom the Saviour of the world came, enjoyed paradise while on earth before her assumption body and soul into heaven. She was the spouse of the Holy Spirit, the mother of the second person of the Trinity. She enjoyed heaven while on earth.

We too are invited through the readings of today to avoid all forms of temptations, and disobedience so that we may not be condemned and so loose the paradise. Let the obedience of Mary the mother of the Church and believers be our model as Christians.

🙏🏽Let us pray. Hail, Mary full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus. Holy Mary mother of God pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death Amen.




4 Ways Our Sins are Cleansed?

4 Ways Our Sins are Cleansed?

It all started from the beginning, Man has continuously been falling. Sins, right from Adam and Eve, have also the problem with Man.

Sin is the only thing that separates us from God. The Bible says God hates Sin and not the Sinner. Due to benevolence and faithfulness and Mercy, God has persistently been forgiving us our sins and has not stop cleaning us from our Sins.

Cleaning of Sin by God can come in four (4) different ways:

  • Cleansing by Blood
  • Cleaning by Water,
  • Cleaning by the Word of God,
  • and Cleaning by the Sacrament of Confession

Cleansed by Blood, and washed by Water.

In Psalm 51 you will find the deep need of a soul that has found itself ruined and vile, utterly without power in the hour of temptation. How deep the sense of guilt and sin; and yet the cry for mercy according to what God is! “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving kindness: according to the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquities, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash, me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free Spirit.” These are the earnest desires of a sin-burdened soul — the groans of a broken heart that longs for holiness and purity. For cleansing and purging: “Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” And much more: “Create in me a clean heart, O God.” Guilty, guilty, oh, wash me whiter than snow! Here is full unreserved confession to God and faith looks only to Him. Here is man’s need — your need and mine, as God sees it — our very condition by nature.

Now if we turn to that day when God shall gather His ancient people from all countries, we find an answer to every cry and desire in this psalm. “And I will sanctify my great name which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord, says the Lord God, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. Then, will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols will I cleanse you.

A new heart also will I give you; and a new spirit will I put within you; and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers, and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God. I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you. And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen. Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall loathe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations.

Not for your sakes do I this, says the Lord God, be it known to you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel. Thus says the Lord God: In the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities I will also cause you to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be builded.” (Ezek. 36:23-31.) “Then I will sprinkle clean water upon you.” All help comes from God: cleansing, a new heart, and the Holy Ghost.

This is the purpose of God for His name’s sake. How precious the “I wills” of God! “I will take you.” Yes, from His own heart’s free grace He will do all this for Israel. And is He not the same blessed God now? Poor helpless, sin-burdened soul, He says, I will cleanse thee, and thou shalt be clean. How very striking are the words of Jesus to Nicodemus: “Verily, verily, I say to thee, Except a man be born again [or wholly afresh] he cannot see the kingdom of God.” And again, “Verily, verily, I say to thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” There must be a pure and holy new creation.

And this is the work of God, entirely of God. “I will cleanse,” “I will give a new heart.” There must be a holy new nature. Only, mark, this does not alter the flesh. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” This solemn distinction of the two natures is our blessed Lord’s first elementary lesson. If this lesson is not learnt, nothing can be clearly known. Truly the new quickening birth is by the Holy Ghost — “born of the Spirit.” And the thing signified by water is the word: “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives and abides for ever.” (1 Pet. 1:23.)

But it is important to inquire why our blessed Lord used the term ‘water.’ ” Except a man be born of water.” Does it not express the holy requirements of God? There must be a nature suited to Himself.

Now let us look at a few of the types, where water was used for cleansing: indeed, let us notice the relative place in these figures of water, the blood, and oil. Suppose we look at Christ and believers, in the figures of Aaron and his sons in the day of their consecration. In Leviticus 8:6: “Moses brought Aaron and his sons and washed them with water.” Then from verse 7-12 it is all Aaron alone. And he put upon him the coat and girded him. And he poured of the anointing oil upon Aaron’s head, and anointed him, to sanctify him.

Thus, if we look at Jesus alone in this type, it is the water and the oil; the washing in water, then the anointing of the Holy Ghost. He was the sinless One, the washing with water marked His intrinsic purity. He needed no atoning blood. It was this that so surprised John — that the Holy One should come to be baptized. “Then comes Jesus from Galilee to Jordan to John to be baptized of him. And John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering, said to him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becomes us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water, and lo, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: and lo, a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” (Matt. 3:13-17.) He fulfilled this beautiful type of the law. He was baptized with water: and at this John might well marvel. But immediately he was anointed with the Holy Ghost.

And God bore witness that He was the Holy One: “my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” From His pierced side there flowed blood and water — blood to atone, and water to cleanse. But you notice He was in His own essential being all that God could require — the Beloved Son. This gives great force to the expression, “Except a man be born of water.” He must have a wholly new nature — the very nature of the Beloved Son, the second Adam.

Cleansing by the Word and by Confession

Matthew 8:3 God’s Word is obvious in this miracle. If something requires cleansing, “the washing of water by the word” must be actively present (Ephesians 5:26). God does not work apart from His Word. From the creation of the world to the present, the place of God’s Word in His work has been essential: “In the beginning was the Word [the One who became Jesus Christ], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made” (John 1:1-3).

In addition, the phrase “God said” is found ten times in the creation account (Genesis 1).The Bible is God’s written Word, as the Father had the Word (Jesus Christ, the Spokesman) inspire and reveal it. Many professing Christian churches have pushed Scripture to the back burner, into irrelevance, taking an a la carte spiritual meal from it as if they have the authority to choose which doctrines to swallow and which to refuse. If the true church is to do a work for God, it must be established and built on God’s Word rather than on tradition.Martin G. Collins 

The Miracles of Jesus Christ: Healing a Leper
Matthew 8:32 There is great power in the Word of God (Proverbs 30:5). It can transform a person dramatically (Luke 4:4), working mightily in those who have faith in Christ (I Thessalonians 2:13). No one could have as big a problem as these men possessed by a legion of demons. Nevertheless, it took only a few words from Jesus to deliver them. In Luke 4:35-36 is another example of Jesus using the power of God’s Word to exorcise demons:But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him in their midst, it came out of him and did not hurt him.

Then they were all amazed and spoke among themselves, saying, “What a word this is! For with authority and power He commands the unclean spirits, and they come out.”The world tried many ways to restrain and control the two demon-possessed men in Gadara, but the only effective solution was God’s power through Christ. Man’s idea was to start on the outside with chains and other bonds, but Jesus began on the inside with the Word of God, which is not chained (II Timothy 2:9). Using their various “programs” to deal with evil, people only treat the symptoms. The best they can do is whitewash the outside. Christ corrects the problem at the source. So Christ is the solution, the remedy for the sin.

He cleans out the inside, which is the best way to correct the problem on the outside.When we study and accept the Word of God, we draw closer to the One who can give us access to the knowledge and power to conquer our spiritual enemy. Hebrews 4:12-13 reads:For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.The day of accountability is coming—at Christ’s return with power and authority—when all people, as well as Satan and all his demons, will be forced to submit to the Word of God (Revelation 19:11-16).