Archbishop Moras urges all to become innocent like little children
Bengaluru: Archbishop Bernard Moras of Bengaluru called upon all to become like little children to enter the Kingdom of God. He wondered whether it is possible to enter mother’s womb again to become little children.
Dr Moras explained what Jesus meant by the statement and elucidated the thrust of it. Archbishop was presenting the homily as chief celebrant at the festal Mass of parish feast of Don Bosco Church, Lingarajapuram, Bengaluru.
The way to heavenly kingdom is a narrow door. The statements of the Lord indicated that we all love little children. They are innocent and they have no guile in them. God created the innocent. As they grow, they mingle and interact with other children, parents and others in the world. They pick up evil and go bad. We sow good seeds but at night the enemy sows bad seeds. Everything grows together. Nothing evil and bad can enter heaven. So, Jesus exhorted those with him to become little children. If we do so, we will enter heavenly Kingdom. The road is narrow, the world is bad and it is difficult and we need to make sacrifice for it.All commandments are constricted to two – love God and neighbour. We have to struggle and work hard to enter heaven. Adam and Eve lost their innocence. They became ashamed of their nakedness. They lost their position and made their way difficult. However, everything is not lost, still there is hope and things are possible with God’s help. He has given us the sacraments. God said, “I myself will call them back, I will do everything, I will go after them.” God did not abandon them.
The occasion calls us to be merciful like the heavenly Father. Importance must be given in our lives for love and mercy of God. Feast of Don Bosco must remind us to be like Don Bosco who loved God and loved the people. He was a lover the Church and lover of the youth, going astray. Being a lover of God, he did everything for youth. Don Bosco became one of them (youth) to bring them back. Don Bosco used to say, take away everything, but give me souls. In the recent World Youth Day in Poland, the youth went there from all over the world, including about 4000 from India. Quoting Holy Father, Archbishop Moras urged the youth not to go after silly things as they give only momentary pleasures. And broad path will not take us to heaven. To enter heavenly kingdom, do not go after senseless and filthy things, the Archbishop emphasized. “Don Bosco was like man but God.” He was Father and teacher of youth. Archbishop called upon all present to imitate him to love Mother Mary and the Church.
Earlier, Fr C M Jose, Rector and parish priest welcomed the Archbishop and all others. After the Mass, to mark his 75th Birthday and Feast Day, a cake was cut and Provincial Fr Joyce Francis (Thonikuzhiyil Mathew) felicitated the Archbishop with a shawl and a traditional garland. He also blessed the car prior to the procession. Archbishop tossed bunches of balloons and released them into the air to mark the inauguration of the car procession.
Rev. MSGR Jayanathan, VicarGeneral, presided over the tri-lingual festal Mass. He also preached in three languages. Later, MSGR Jayanathan blessed the food before distributing to over 1500 children and poor people of the locality.
Those celebrated the other Masses from the morning were Fr Joyce Francis SDB, Provincial, Bangalore; Fr. Jacob BrittoCSsR, Parish Priest, St Joseph’s Church, Lingarajapuram and spiritual director, BCCRS and Fr. MahimaiDass SDB, professor, KJC, Bangalore.