|Be ready for Calvary |
By LAUREL V WILLIAMS Monday, April 21 2014
NEWLY appointed Independent senator has given a different twist to Ian “Bunji Garlin” Alvarez’ hit Differentology saying Christians must not be ready for the road of Carnival but instead for the road of Calvary.
Rev Joy Evelyn Abdul-Mohan was delivering the sermon yesterday (Easter Sunday) during a service at Morning Star Presbyterian Church located at Lum Tack Hill, Fyzabad.
“As Christians, are we ready for the road of Calvary and not only the road to Carnival? We all will not be ready at the same time. God is always ready. We must be ready to receive God in our lives at every cost,” Abdul-Mohan said.
Addressing the congregation, Abdul-Mohan added that when persons are boasting of self accomplishment and achievement, they are not ready.
On April 14, President Anthony Carmona appointed Abdul-Mohan an Independent Senator, four days after Independent Senator Subhas Ramkhelewan tendered his resignation amidst allegations of certain actions relating to the First Citizens Bank purchase and sale of shares.
Yesterday Abdul-Mohan, who is also the principal of St Andrew’s Theological College, reminisced that several years ago, one of her students gave her a plaque which read ‘When the pupil is ready the teacher will come’.
“We are all learning. You will never stop learning. Just like Jesus came to the world at the right time, there is a real sense that he shows up in our lives in the right time when we are ready. There is no universal formula we can circulate for when we are ready,” she said.
Referring to the Holy Scriptures, the Independent Senator noted that the text states that it was easier for a camel to enter through the “Eye of the Needle” than for some rich people to enter into the Kingdom of God. This she explained does not mean that God is against rich persons but rather riches tend to confer a false sense of independence and make people feel that they have no need for God or anyone else.
“It is not about the wealth itself but how we use it. Wealth does not only mean material wealth but also the wealth of knowledge. There are people who are wealthy in knowledge but use it for such things that are displeasing to God. They think that they have arrived,” she told the congregation.
She charged that when persons count on their wealth to save them, they tend to become their own gods. Abdul-Mohan further charged that people are more likely to recognise Jesus Christ when they are in desperation.
“We feel hopelessness and we want to give up, we feel angry with the world. Then we end up being angry with God and what a big mistake. He takes us out of the ashes and that is why he resurrected,” she said.
Two events in Jesus Christ’s life namely his crucifixion and resurrection, will remain predominant messages of faith for Christians to live victoriously. This despite the trials, challenges and tribulations people will face in their lives on earth, she noted.