Monday, January 12, 2009



The names of eight students of a class in India were: A. BHASI, A. NATHAN, A. SATHYAN, D. RAMA, M. ALICE, K. U. RANGAN, P. RANI and DEVI. L. If they wrote their names omitting the punctuation mark (.)(dot, full stop, stop or period) in between and after the initials, their names would be read as: ABHASI, ANATHAN, ASATHYAN, DRAMA, MALICE, KURANGAN, PRANI and DEVIL. Each of these words has a different, funny meaning. That shows the importance of the small dot-marks.
 In life there are several small things that we may ignore. But everything has a value.

Once, a large crowd of people was listening to the teachings of Jesus. He knew that they were hungry and wanted to feed them. He wanted their co-operation to do a miracle. The Apostles and other elders could not offer anything to Jesus. Then a small boy willingly offered to Jesus, the five loaves of bread and two fish, which he had brought with him from home, for his meal. Jesus gladly accepted the boy's humble offering, blessed it and multiplied it to feed thousands miraculously {John 6: 1-14}.
Jesus taught that the two little copper coins offered by the poor widow with her full heart were more valuable than the lots of money offered by the rich men {Luke 21:1-4, Mark 12:41-44}. Small children may not be able to do what the elders can. Let us offer to Jesus the little things we have and the humble acts we do. He will gladly receive them and reward us.

By Dr. Babu Philip, Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India.
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