Mumbai Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) | I CAME THAT THEY MAY HAVE LIFE


16th April, 2017
Wishing You Peace And The Joy of our Glorious Lord Jesus Christ!
In Him was life, and the life was the light of all people! We have read this in the prologue of John, (Jn 1:4).Jesus came to give us life and He is the Light of our life!  Further, Jesus promises us life in abundance. “I came that they may have life, and have it in abundance” (John 10:10). The promises of God are true and they are pure.  Jesus fulfilled His promise by giving up His life for us on the cross so that we may experience the fullness of life. We are all witnesses to this, as we have just celebrated the ‘glorious resurrection’ of our Lord Jesus Christ on ‘Easter Sunday’after the gloomy days of Lent, where our focus was on repentance and penance. The dark shadows of death can no longer hold us captive as we call ourselves ‘Easter people’ and ‘Halleluiah’ is our song. But the question arises, ‘are we truly living a life of a resurrected Christian?’ or are we still struggling in darkness?

Arise! Awake! O people of the Lord! For we are no longer in darkness or gloom. For Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour has risen, He has risen indeed! Jesus has taken us out of darkness of sin and death and brought us into His marvelous light. And He calls us to be His witnesses, His torch bearers. Are we truly the witnesses of Christ? Jesus said, ‘by this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another’ (Jn 13:35).

Friends, let us pause for a while and reflect upon ‘How am I being a true witness of Christ?’ How much do I contribute in being a witness of our Lord Jesus? Am I still struggling to get out of my sinful ways or have I overcome my weakness with the strength and grace of our Risen Lord? If we call ourselves an ‘Easter people’ we should be people of the light and we should be able to lead others to the light and that Light is JESUS. Do we by our love lead others to Christ or are we still stumbling in darkness? The recent discipleship programme launched by the Bombay Service Team commenced with the ‘Training of Trainers’.This aspect of personal mentoring should go a long way in our “fruit bearing”.

Jesus our loving God has given us a Helper, an Advocate to be with us forever. Very soon we will be celebrating the feast of Pentecost. Let us desire the Gifts and the Fruit of the Holy Spirit.“And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever” (Jn 14:16). Let us depend more and more upon this Advocate, the Holy Spirit whom Jesus has given us. The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness,He is the one who reminds us, teaches us and strengthens us. Let us ask the Holy Spirit to sanctify us and transform us into God’s holy people. Let our lives be a reflection of the fruit of the Holy Spirit which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Gal 5:22-23).

May we be able to attract more and more families to the knowledge of Christ through our kindness and loving service! God bless you all in abundance! Wishing each one of you the Joy and Peace of the Risen Lord and praying that we all are filled by the Holy Spirit, as we prayerfully prepare ourselves for the celebration of the birthday of the church on Pentecost Sunday, June 4th, 2017.
Dickson Mendes