We all are born in the world, live in the world and die in the world, while living here on earth, we live as though we will live here forever. But the truth is, this world is only an illusion, a maya and will disappear from our life, when our end draws near. And that is why the word of God reminds us saying “Do not love the world or the things in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world; for all that is in the world – the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride in riches – comes not from the Father but from the world. And the world and its desire are passing away, but those who do the will of God live forever” (1 Jn 2:15-17)
ಆಮಿ ಸಗ್ಳಿ೦ ಸ೦ಸಾರಾ೦ತ್, ಜಲ್ಮಾತಾ೦ವ್, ಜಿಯೆತಾ೦ವ್ ಆನಿ ಮೊರ್ತಾ೦ವ್. ಪೂಣ್ ಸ೦ಸಾರಾ೦ತ್ ಜಿಯೆತಾನಾ ಆಮಿ ಹಾ೦ಗಾಸರ್ ಶಾಶ್ವಿತ್ ಜಿಯೆತಾ೦ವ್ ಮ್ಹಳ್ಳ್ಯಾ ಬರಿ ಜಿಯೆತಾ೦ವ್. ಪೂಣ್ ಸತ್ ಕಿತೆ೦ಗೀ ಮ್ಹಳ್ಯಾರ್, ಹೊ ಸ೦ಸಾರ್ ಜಾವ್ನಾಸಾ ತಾತ್ಕಾಲಿಕ್. ಕ್ಷಣಿಕ್ ಆನಿ ಮಾಯಾ! ಆನಿ ಆಮ್ಚೆ೦ ಜಿಣಿಯೆ ಥಾವ್ನ್ ಜಾತಾ ವೆಗ್ಗಿ೦ಚ್ ಮಾಯಾಗ್! ದೆಕುನ್, ದೆವಾಚೆ೦ ಉತಾರ್ ಆಮ್ಕಾ೦ ಚತ್ರಾಯ್ ದಿತಾ ಮ್ಹಣೊನ್ "ಹ್ಯಾ ಸ೦ಸಾರಾಕ್ ಆನಿ ತಾ೦ತು೦ ಆಸ್ಲ್ಲ್ಯಾ ವಸ್ತು೦ಕ್ ತುಮಿ ಭುಲನಾಕಾತ್. ಜೊ ಕೋಣ್ ಸ೦ಸಾರಾಚೊ ಮೋಗ್ ಕರ್ತಾ, ತಾಚೆ ಥೈ೦ ಬಾಪಾಚೊ ಮೋಗ್ ನಾ. ಸ೦ಸಾರಾ೦ತ್ ಆಸ್ಲೆಲೆ೦ ಸಗ್ಳೆ೦, ಮ್ಹಣ್ಜೆ ರಗ್ತಾಮಾಸಾಚ್ಯೊ ವೊ೦ದವ್ಣ್ಯೊ, ದೊಳ್ಯಾ೦ಚಿ ಪುಸ್ಲಾವ್ಣಿ೦. ತಶೆ೦ಚ್ ಜೀವನಾಚಿ ಪೊಕಳ್ ದವ್ಲತ್, ಹೆ೦ ಸಗ್ಳೆ೦ ಬಾಪಾ ಥಾವ್ನ್ ನ೦ಯ್, ಬಗಾರ್ ಸ೦ಸಾರಾ ಥಾವ್ನ್ ಆಯಿಲ್ಲೆ೦. ಸ೦ಸಾರ್ ಆನಿ ತಾಚ್ಯೊ ವೊ೦ದವ್ಣ್ಯೊ ಅ೦ತರ್ತಾತ್, ಪೂಣ್ ದೆವಾಚಿ ಖುಶಿ ಕರ್ತಾ ತೊ ಸದಾ೦ಕಾಳ್ ಬಾಳ್ತಾ" (1 ಜುವಾ೦ವ್ 2:15-17)
Everyone here on earth has the joy of receiving from others. But when it comes to give, our hands are short. We expect others to share their wealth and good things with us. But when we are asked to share, we think twice, isn’t it? We want God to bless us but after receiving, we forget God until another need arises. But dear brothers and sisters, in giving, we truly receive. St. Paul says “God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor 9:7). It is true that God truly loves a cheerful giver. That is why we read in the book of Malachi “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house and thus put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts; see if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an over flowing blessing” (Malachi. 3:10). Two weeks ago, a brother named Basil Fernandes, shared his testimony. In the year 2007, when he attended my 5 days retreat, he realized that he should give his 1/10th tithe, without fail. He had only 2 branches, with hardly 10 people to work, he was staying in a rented house, he had to travel by public transport, he was into deep debts. But after 5 years, he is blessed with 160 branches, with more than 400 staff, he has his own 3 bedroom private apartment, brand new car, and he is freed from all his debts. All because he never failed to give what belongs to God. without fail he gives his 1/10th to God’s work and attends retreat every month with his family.
ಹ್ಯಾ ಸ೦ಸಾರಾ೦ತ್ ಸಕ್ಕಡ್ ಹೆರಾ೦ ಥಾವ್ನ್, ಆಪ್ಣಾಕ್ ಮೆಳಾಜಾಯ್ ಮ್ಹಣ್ ಆಶೆತಾತ್. ಪೂಣ್ ಹೆರಾ೦ಕ್ ದೀ೦ವ್ಕ್ ಆಮ್ಚೆ ಹಾತ್ ಮಟ್ವೆ. ಹೆರಾ೦ನಿ ತಾ೦ಚಿ ಸ೦ಪತ್ತಿ ಆನಿ ಬರೆಪಣ್ ಆಮ್ಚೆ೦ ಸವೆ೦ ವಾ೦ಟುನ್ ಘೆಜಾಯ್ ಮ್ಹಣ್ ಆಮಿ ಆಶೆತಾ೦ವ್. ಪೂಣ್ ಆಮ್ಚೆ೦ ಲಾಗಿ೦ ಆಸ್ತಾನಾ೦, ದೀ೦ವ್ಕ್ ಆಮಿ೦ ಪಾಟಿ೦ ಸರ್ತಾ೦ವ್. ಪೂಣ್ ಭೆಸಾ೦ವ್ ಜೊಡ್ಲ್ಯಾ ಉಪ್ರಾ೦ತ್ ದೆವಾಕ್ ಆಮಿ ವಿಸ್ರಾತಾ೦ವ್ ಆನಿ ಪರ್ತ್ಯಾನ್ ಅನ್ಯೇಕ್ ಗರ್ಜ್ ಯೆತಾನಾ ದೆವಾಕ್ ಉಲೊ ಮಾರ್ತಾ೦ವ್. ಪೂಣ್ ಭಾವಾ ಭಯ್ಣಿ೦ನೊ, ನಿಜಾಯ್ಕಿ ಜಿತ್ಲೆ೦ ಆಮಿ ದಿತಾ೦ವ್, ತಾಚಾ ವರ್ನಿ ಚಡ್ ಆಮಿ ಘೆತಾ೦ವ್. ಸಾ೦ ಪಾವ್ಲ್ ಆಮ್ಕಾ೦ ಸಾ೦ಗ್ತಾ "ಹರ್ಯೆಕ್ಲೊ ಆಪ್ಣೆ೦ ಕಾಳ್ಜಾ೦ತ್ ನಿರ್ಣಯ್ ಕೆಲ್ಲೆ ಪ್ರಕಾರ್ ದೀ೦ವ್; ರಡೊನ್ ಮ್ಹಳ್ಳೆ ಬರಿ ನ೦ಯ್, ಚುರ್ಚುರೆ ಕರ್ನ್ಯೀ ನ೦ಯ್. ಕಿತ್ಯಾಕ್ ಹಾಸ್ತ್ಯಾ ತೊ೦ಡಾನ್ ದಿತಾಲೊ ದೆವಾಕ್ ಮೊಗಾಚೊ" (2 ಕೊರಿ೦ಥ್ 9:7). ಕೋಣ್ ದೆವಾಕ್ ಹಾಸ್ತ್ಯಾ ತೊ೦ಡಾನ್ ಆನಿ ಉದಾರ್ಪಣಾನ್ ದಿತಾ, ತಾಕಾ ದೇವ್ ಉದ೦ಡ್ ಮಾಪಾನ್ ಪಾಟಿ೦ ದಿತಾ. ಆಮಿ ವಾಚ್ತಾ೦ವ್; ದೇವ್ ಮ್ಹಣ್ತಾ "ಮ್ಹಜಾ ಮ೦ದಿರಾ೦ತ್, ಖಾಣ್ ಆಸ್ಚೆ ಖಾತಿರ್, ತುಮ್ಚೆ೦ ಪುರ್ತೆ೦ ದಶಮಾ೦ಶ್ ಭ೦ಡಾರಾಕ್ ಹಾಡಾ; ಹೆ ಪರಿ೦ ಮ್ಹಜಿ ಪರೀಕ್ಷಾ ಕರಾ; ಮ್ಹಣ್ತಾ ದಳ್ಬಾರಾ೦ಚೊ ಸರ್ವೆಸ್ಪರ್, ಆನಿ ಹಾ೦ವ್ ತುಮ್ಚೆ ಪಾಸತ್, ಮಳ್ಬಾಚಿ೦ ದಾರಾ೦ ಉಗ್ಡುನ್ ತುಮ್ಚೆರ್ ಭರ್ಪೂರ್ ಆಶಿರ್ವಾದ್ ವತ್ತಲೊ೦ ಕಿ ನಾ೦ ಮ್ಹಣ್ ಪಳೆಯಾ" (ಮಾಲಾಕಿ. 3:10)
I came to your temple seeking your help,
With heart full of hurts and with bitterness overwhelmed,
With no strength in my bones, I reached at your gate,
You are a merciful God, who never shuns the lame.
With riches of your glory and love, you saved me from death,
Hands of scars lifted my life from the hell,
Cursed life was made new with your blessings and Holy Spirit,
In Jesus alone, I find my hope for living.
He will never turn his back from the one who seek him
Jesus is the morning star of those whose hope have become dim,
Take courage, take one step towards him in his name,
Look he will come running towards you, with love and grace
Bless the Lord, you who sinners made saint,
Proclaim his deeds all the days that you live,
For his love, what in return can we give,
Our life is the only best thing that we can give back to him.
- K. Maria Lobo, Mumbai
The life which we have received with great toil,
We may lose it with our words spoken, within no time,
Let us guard our lips and recall his holy name in our mind.
And this hour of temptation will pass like cloud in the sky.
The relationship with God and our neighbor is so precious,
But we do not know,we can lose them only because of our words,
Let us mind our tongue and we will stand firm,
With balanced words, let us show them honour and love.
Silence is the strongest weapon in this world,
But this world perceives it as weak and low,
But Almighty God is the one who loves peace and love,
Let us remain silent and he will fight our war.
Let our mouth only speak about Jesus,
Let our mind always count his blessings.
Let our heart always feel his love and mercy,
All our life let us adore the one who Yahweh the Almighty.
- K. Maria Lobo, Mumbai
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