The Epiphany: Jesus, King Herod, The Magi, & Thinking Out of the Box

Some may take what I am about to write as blasphemy but in all seriousness, my mind has been going hyper-drive whenever life and religious practices collide. Here’s a post that I hope to pen down whatever that went through my mind this morning.

As usual, the sermon this morning was awesome. I knew where the priest was going and agreed with him totally. At the same time, my mind wandered off towards a different direction.

So I wrote a shorter version of my thoughts as part of my facebook status:

King Herod became insecure of losing his worldly possessions and power at the sound of Jesus’ title “The Infant KING“. But did Jesus really wanted to replace Herod or take away Herod’s worldly possessions? Far from that really…

Even if offered all the riches of the world, Jesus will decline I am sure because His is a heavenly kingdom. If only Herod seek His heavenly wisdom perhaps his kingdom will grow even larger and vastly. And his people will come to love him more when he practices love and compassion just like how Jesus is compassion towards everyone he meets.

What about us? Do we shun away just because we assume that to follow the light means we have to give up our worldly treasures and beliefs? It is us who assume we must sacrifice various things but are these what He demands or desires?

Another case in point, the traffic after mass today was really bad because Sunday School has started. Sadly, our church does not have its own parking facility. The church have always been asking its faithful to live modestly and at times in poverty. Law of attraction is enough to make one poor. In my opinion, that will not work. The church next to ours have a huge parking facility that it so huge and have so much room to grow. That is forward thinking. The more convenience provided, the more people will be drawn to the church and naturally, the church will grow financially. God will provide and grows His church so when we limit ourselves, so it will be the same with our resources. We should start thinking that God wants us all to prosper and be rich in all aspects. We should be proud of His blessings. Our rich values and blessings should act as testimonies that He blesses us abundantly.

Do we assume God wants us to live under limiting conditions or He desires us to grow? That is totally up to how we think in or out of the box…

Let’s be wise men….

And as random as my mind is, my thoughts wandered to the topic of Bullying.

Bullying comes in a different form but the most condemned as of late are the bullying that happens in schools and teenage peer pressure. Rallying a group of self-righteous religious bigots to condemn those against their beliefs is also a form of bullying. This is the same reason why some churches are driving people away instead of drawing more people to themselves.

This quick to judge mentality is totally against Jesus’ call to “Love Your Neighbour As Yourself”. Some like to label others as drunkards, homosexuals, abortionist, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, witches, and idolaters. They are told that hell awaits them just like how the picture below suggests while quoting the bible. We need to stop being hypocrites and put on a “holier than thou” front.

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I personally think that God will not say all these means things to any of His creation. He is so good that there is no room for hate or any negativity. He is compassionate and filled with LOVE. He stretches out His hands to everyone regardless of his/her faith, race, colour, beliefs, sexual orientation, and whatever one can think of that makes us different or indifferent.

Every time if you ever have any bad thought that you think is from God, please stop or pause to re-calibrate your mind to a positive one as God will never will anything bad on anyone.

In this week’s bulletin, there is a very good article about LOVE and allow me to quote a couple of sentences that I found very meaningful, “LOVE is the free self-giving of the heart…In every friendship there is LOVE…”.

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