We are all living in the modern civilization. We see everyday changes taking place. The cultures have changed, traditions are disappearing. People have new ideology. Research in different fields have taken man to new heights of glory. The human societies all over the world are going through a drastic transition. Philosophies are ruling different countries. Man has lost many values that have been keeping families, communities and societies in harmony and peace. And therefore lot of fanatism and hypocracy is creping within the social mileu, and at this point, what brings true peace, harmony and social development and human dignity is only the life giving word of God. we read in St. Mark’s gospel, Jesus was asked by the scribes and Pharisees “why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of elders, but eat with the defiled hands?” (Mk. 7:5). Jesus answered them “This people honours me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they worship me teaching human precepts as doctrines, you abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition” (Mk. 7:6-8)

Even, now people have a fine way of rejecting the commandments of God by upholding their traditions. But my dear people of God, all over the world there are divisions among people, based on class, caste, creed, language, religion and traditions. These have divided the whole world. No economic, political, social or religions system can bring peace on earth. It is only by accepting the word of God, that we become people of God. remember what Jesus has said “Heaven and Earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away” (Mk. 13:31). Yes! Only the word of God is everlasting, so hold on to it, and you will prosper and become truly God’s children. Amen.