Commentary on the Gospel of
Fareed Zakaria, a celebrated US journalist, was awarded Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award in India, his country of origin. Fareed, while expressing gratitude for the award, politely declined to be present in person to accept the same. His reason? The date of the award ceremony coincided with the dates for the vacation trip he had promised his children. If a human parent will honor the words given to his children, how much more will God do so! “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away,” says Jesus. Here’s an exercise to do: Identify some 7-9 gospel verses, a healthy mixture of re-assuring and challenging words of Jesus, write them out and carry them in your wallet. In apocalyptic times, take out and read the re-assuring words; in times of too much comfort, confront yourself with his challenging words. For, he is ever true to his words.