THE YOUNG ADULTS IN CHRIST FELLOWSHIP is a Charismatic Prayer Group.
We fellowship in Room 9, at the Cathedral premises every Friday from 7.15 pm to 8.15 pm
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MARY, THE PERFECT DISCIPLE
Talk given by Brother Fritz Mascarenhas to YACF prayer group on Friday, 21 February 2014
Any one who desires to be an authentic disciple of Jesus must emulate Mary, our
Mother.The reason why she is the perfect
disciple is because she was open to the action of the Holy Spirit and brought
forth Christ into the world.Her unfailing response to God's call was, "Let it be done unto me according to Your word."
It is the
work of the Holy Spirit to transform us in to the image and likeness of Jesus
and grace alone enables us to surrender to the Lordship of Jesus.
All our devotions must serve to draw us to God as they are important channels
of grace which lead us to one purpose and one purpose alone which is to image
Christ in the world.
Discipleship is not optional.It is a lifelong process calling for ongoing conversion.There is a great deal in us that is not Christ
like this is why we need grace. The most powerful channel of
grace is the Eucharist. Jesus tells us in John 6:57 “Just as the Father, who is life, sent me and I have
life from the Father, so whoever eats me will have life from me.”Just as the Son yielded to the will of the Father so too must we yield our
will in perfect submission to the will of the Father and surrender our entire
being to Him in love.
Do we see the need to be saved?
Conversion is a lifelong work because we are battling against three
enemies, the world the flesh and the devil who will attack us as long as we are
alive on earth.Christ wants us to persevere
and not lose heart in our fight against temptation, sin and evil. He wants us to be
victorious in Him. It is only when we have a personal encounter with Jesus that
we can echo the words of St. Paul in Phil 3:7 ”But once I found Christ, all those things that I
might have considered as profit, I reckoned as loss.”Before his
conversion Paul considered himself an exemplary Jew, he was a Pharisee who lived
blamelessly before the law. He discovered the
need for authentic conversion only when he met Christ on the road to Damascus
and cried out, “Lord what will you have me do.”It is only when we will realize horror and the enslaving power of sin that we too can cry out for our Savior.
We are captives to the law of sin and death. St. Paul puts it
eloquently in Romans 7:21 “I discover, then, this reality: though
I wish to do what is right, the evil within me asserts itself first.” Our despair of ever following Jesus would be profound if grace was not available to us. We know that we must wage a
constant battle within us between good and evil and alhough we
know what is right, we choose to do what is sinful and thus become slaves to our
weaknesses. It is only when we recognize that we are sinners in need of grace
that we can yield and surrender to the power of the Holy Spirit.
God’s mercy and
grace is free and is available to us through Jesus Christ, our Lord. An
authentic spirituality is possible only when we are humble before God.There is no room for self-righteousness in
our discipleship with Jesus.No matter
how gravely we sin we must never doubt the love of God and the knowledge that
we are loved passionately, generously and intensely.Jesus assures us that He loves us with the
same passion, intensity and generosity with which His Father loves Him, “As
the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; remain in my love.”John
“Christianity is a saving religion.” (Bl.JP II). Sin seeks to enslave, kill and destroy and unless
we recognize the horror of sin and our inability to save ourselves we cannot encounter
Jesus as our personal Savior and Redeemer.God is
love and it is the nature of love to reach out, heal, save and bless; this is
precisely what the Father has done by sending His Son into the world to save us.Only when we are drowning do we reach out our hand for help. Without Jesus we drown but like St. Paul we glory in our weakness and the awareness of our need of His saving help
and with him we too can claim the promise of Christ who says, “My grace is enough for you; my great
strength is revealed in weakness.” Gladly, then, will I boast of my weakness
that the strength of Christ may be mine. 2 COR 12:9
is outlined in these verses in Luke 4:18 “The
Spirit of the Lord is upon me. He has anointed me to bring good news to the
poor, to proclaim liberty to captives and new sight to the blind; to free the
We must recognize that Jesus came to set us free from sin.He came face to face with our fallen nature
and gave us hope. He invites us to come to Him and promises to provide all that
we need. Romans 8:1 reminds us that there is no condemnation for
those who are in Christ Jesus.And Rom 5:17
tells us that Jesus knows what the sin of our first parents has done to us.Healing and restoration can be ours through
Christ only when we come face to face with the reality of sin in our life.However let us remember and glory in the truth that there is no room for discouragement for those
who are followers of Christ for He came precisely to seek and save the lost.