Hope even for the Coin

I happened to watch a discussion titled ‘Hope for Judas’. It was based on a book titled Hope for Judas written by Christoph Wrembek SJ. The discussion is freely available, though it is worth buying the book too, especially during this Lenten Season. The main question of the book is about one of the most-hated characters in the Bible, Judas Iscariot. As Bible don’t have much mentions about him, the author goes through many of the characters (so-called sinners) in different parables and attempts to read them a little differently. There is much more in the book. Today, I hope…

Giving a Christian reading

Nietzsche's famous test from the Gay Science titled Madman proclaims the death of God. I am trying to give a Christian reading to it, making a few changes in the text. Changes made to the text by me are given in red. Before starting the essay, I accept that it is a perverse reading of Nietzsche, but it can be fruitful.

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Source: British Council

I thought it would be a good idea to put the links to all the articles here, that it would be easier for people to find it out.

To introduce myself, I am Arun, a Jesuit scholastic (preparing to be a priest) doing my studies in theology. I am interested in philosophy, spirituality, politics, theology and to write about their intersections.

It is not an easy task to divide the articles into a few subheadings. Still, I have attempted to do so; some may appear under more than one heading.

  1. Philosophy
  2. Bible
  3. Political Reflections
  4. Contemporary Topics
  5. Spirituality
  6. Poems
  7. Jesus
  8. Personal Experiences
  9. Church
  10. Personal Growth
  11. Justice
  12. Pope Francis
  13. Ignatian Spirituality

Yes, this Easter is really different

One more Easter Sunday is gone. What is the speciality of Easter? One of the immediate responses will be that the Christianity owes its origin to the resurrection of Jesus. Others would add that it is the most important feast of Christians. All are true and good arguments. But what more? If I ask the people around me (without the distinction of religion), “Which is the greatest feast of Christians?”, the immediate answer is Christmas. There are many Christians who attends Church once or twice a year (no value-judgements on them), and what is the occasion for visiting the Church…

One and the many, one vs many… all such discussion do happen in theory and practice. It is a main theme in philosophy and science. It is a main point of discussion even in our ordinary lives. I will start with a philosophy problem before getting into the main point of discussion.

A runaway trolley is heading down the tracks toward five workers who will all be killed if the trolley proceeds on its present course. Adam is standing next to a large switch that can divert the trolley onto a different track. The only way to save the lives…

Comparing two aspects is a very common trend in human life. Comparisons can be useful, helpful, neutral, or dangerous. Jacques Dupuis, a famous Jesuit theologian said in the context of inter-religious dialogue,

“We need to stop comparing the best of Christianity with the worst in a religion like Hinduism; instead, we need to compare the best in one tradition with the best in the other and the worst in one with the worst in the other,”

I think this principle can be generally translated into any relationship between persons, religions, cultures, political parties, ideologies, etc. …

Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2, 17)

When we are sick, we call a doctor. When we are healthy, we might not explicitly need a doctor; we may take their guidance for the prevention of diseases or for having a healthy body and mind.

Now Jesus’ says he has come to call the sinners and not the righteous. One way of interpreting this is by stating that righteous means “self-righteous”, who think they are in a good state…

Source : Iforher

It's strange that my first piece of 2021 is on a movie — more strange when I am not a movie buff and when the movie is not extremely new. I happened to watch the movie Thappad yesterday; brilliant script and brilliant acting by many, especially Tapsee Pannu and others. If you still haven’t watched it, I would any time recommend it.

The life of a couple is shown (no kids yet) where the husband’s dreams become the dream of the family. And one slap making a radical transformation in that family. An oft-repeated question; was she making too much…

Elizabeth-Mary instead of Abel-Cain

Source: Wikimedicommons

Think about these 4 characters in the Bible: Abel, Cain, Elizabeth, and Mary. Two are from the first testament and the others from the second testament. They form two pairs; the first pair is seen in the book of Genesis; the second in the Gospel of Luke. Do the similarities/differences end there? Probably you can say the first pair is not referring to historical characters, whereas the second pair has historical figures.

All of them received something from God. We can call it blessings or grace. Definitely, everybody receives blessings from God, and what is unique there?

Cain and Abel…

Are they neglected Christian themes?

Photo by Kirill Sharkovski on Unsplash

Jesus gave the summary of the entire commandments when he said to love God and to love thy neighbor. We can say Christianity is a religion of love. What is the meaning of Christian love?

Two words that can help us to understand it are “welcome” and “hospitality.”

If I look through a yellow glass, everything looks yellow; we can also look at the entire Bible through the lens of hospitality and welcome and derive a lot of insights.

Instead of doing that, let’s see some passages where welcome/ hospitality is explicitly present. …

arun simon

A Jesuit interested to think and write; Loves philosophy, spirituality, politics…. Believes in God & well-being of all humans… Open to difference & newness..

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