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Jesus the Bodyguard

Dear Jesus, You are my Bodyguard! You protect me from evil wolves and lions! I fear no Evil even when walking through valley of the Shadow of Death. Your staff…

Mother of the most merciful Jesus

My Perpetual Help, Mother of the most merciful Jesus, my sins and disobedience must cause you each to weep like Jesus wept over the pitiable city of Jerusalem. Lord, I…

Jesus fasted for forty days and nights

Gospel Mt 4:1-11

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus fasted for forty days

Jesus fasted for forty days

Jesus was led by the Spirit out into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, after which he was very hungry, and the tempter came and said to him,‘If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to turn into loaves.’

But he replied, ‘Scripture says:

Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.

Then devil then took him to the holy city and made him stand on the parapet of the Temple. ‘If you are the Son of God, ‘ he said, ‘throw yourself down; for scripture says:He will put you in his angels’ charge, and they will support you on their hands in case you hurt foot against a stone.’

Jesus said to him, ‘Scripture also says:

You must not put the Lord your God to the test.’

Next, taking him to a very high mountain, the devil showed hill all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour. ‘I will give you all these’,  he said ‘if you fall at my feet and worship me.’

Then Jesus replied, ‘Be off, Satan|  For scripture says:

You must worship the Lord your God, and serve him alone.

Then the devil left him, and angels appeared and looked after him.

Written by Joemon Mani

The 12 Tribes of Israel

The 12 Tribes of Israel are also called the 12 sons of Israel (12 sons of Jacob).

Bible says in Genesis 32:28:
Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”

12 TRIBES OF ISRAEL

No Sons of Jacob Meaning of Name Mother
1 Reuben See, a son Leah
2 Simeon Hearing Leah
3 Levi Joined; attached Leah
4 Judah Yah be praised Leah
5 Dan Judge Bilhah(Rachel’s servant)
6 Naphtali My wrestling Bilhah(Rachel’s servant)
7 Gad Troop; invader;good fortune Zilpah(Leah’s servant)
8 Asher Happy Zilpah(Leah’s servant)
9 Issachar Man of hire Leah
10 Zebulun Dwelling Leah
11 Joseph Increaser Rachel
12 Benjamin Son of the right hand Rachel
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Abraham’s Family Tree

Abraham’s Family Tree

Abraham begot Isaac. Isaac begot Jacob.The 12 sons of Jacob are the patriarchs of the 12 Tribes of Israel and a daughter Dinah.

Abraham's Family Tree

Abraham’s Family Tree

 

 

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GOD CALL MOSES


GOD CALL MOSES

(Exodus: Chapter 3 & 4)

Objective: To learn that we are obliged to humbly accept and perform the work that God entrust us.

Moses reached the house of Jethro, a priest of Midian. Jethro gave Moses Zipporah, his daughter, in marriage. Moses tended his father-in-law’s flock. One day Moses led the flock to the west side of the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. Moses saw and was astonished that the bush was burning, but that it was not consumed. He went near the bush to see that marvelous sight. God then called ‘Moses, Moses’ from the midst of the burning bush. Moses replied, “God here I am”.

God told him to take off his shoes, as the ground where he stood was holy. (This is why we remove our shoes when we enter the church) Moses was afraid to look and stood there hiding his face. The Lord God told Moses that He had seen the affliction of the children of Israel. God told Moses that He would send him to Pharaoh so that he might bring them forth out of Egypt Moses expressed his limitations to God that he was not an able person to fullfill this order. Moses again told God that the people of Israel may not believe him and may say that God has not appeared to him . God did not accept the excuses put forth by Moses. God gave him three signs to make the people of Israel believe him.

1. God told him to put his staff on ground, and it became a serpent.

2. God told him to put his hand into his bosom and when he took it out it was leprous. He put his hand again into his bosom and it became normal.

3. Still if they do not believe him, Moses was to take some water out of the

river and pour it on the dry land and the water will become blood.

Upon this Moses said to the Lord “I am not eloquent, I am slow of speech, and have a slow tongue”. God strengthened him and commanded him to go, saying that He would send his brother Aaron to help him. God gave Moses power to do wonders before the Egyptians, and told him to go to Pharaoh and demand him to release the Israelites. Although hesitant, Moses accepted the command of God. He bid farewell to Jethro and returned to Egypt.

Moral: When we submit ourselves to the will of God, He will enable us to do greater things for Him.

Memory Verse: Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God. (Mathew 5:8)

Written by Joemon Mani

WHO IS THAT STUPID MAN

WHO IS THAT STUPID MAN

An Arabian proverb tells of a man riding toward Syria Leading his camel through the desert. At times the frightened animal reared, foamed, and roared so terribly that his owner had to abandon it to save himself.

Unfortunately when he dismounted from the camel, he happened to fall into a nearby deep abyss, but was caught on a shrub. He grabbed it with both hands and looked uneasily all around. On the top was terrible camel that never lost sight of him and in the abyss a dragon was opening his monstrous mouth ready to devour him. He saw two mice at his side, one white and the other black, that were gnashing away the root of the branch that was holding him. The unfortunate man, frozen with fear and seeing no way out of his predicament, suddenly discovered a golden fruit on a small branch of the shrub.

He instantly became oblivious to the enraged camel, the dragon’s mouth, and the mice. He extended his hand and plucked the fruit, tasted it and its sweet flavor made him forget all his dangers.

Do you want to know who that stupid man was? It is you, my friend. The dragon in the abyss is death, and the camel is life’s anguish. You are hanging from a branch between life and death. The two mice are day and night, and in this situation you see pleasure’s fruit, forget life’s anxieties, death’s threats, ` the quick passing days and nights to enjoy that forbidden fruit on the very brink of doom.

“Earthly life — an unsolved mystery!”

Written by Joemon Mani

The holy house of God

The Holy House of GOD

The Holy House of GOD

From the very early days special place has been set apart for holy worship; in the Christian church.The special place thus set apart for worship is called the sanctuary or house of God. The house of God is the place where God resides or where there is presence of God.

It is not possible for man to build a house for God who created and built heaven and earth. However He had commanded that He would be present at all the place set apart and sanctified in accordance with this command.

It was King Solomon the great who, for the first time; built a house for worshiping God. Even though King David his father desired to build a temple of God, God did not allow it. God did not allow it because sin of arranging the death Ooria, his servant without any reason was out standing against David. Accepting the repentance of David the Lord forgave him and blessed him with the promise that his son would build the home of the Lord. Thus even though David had initiated the work, it was Solomon who built and offered to the Lord, the temple of God. Well pleased in this, the Lord blessed Solomon and promised that He would reside in the temple of God.

Solomon built the house of the Lord in accordance with the resemblance shown by the Lord, to Moses on the Mount Sinai. After completing the temple of God , Solomon offered it to the Lord and prayed to Him as follows “‘But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Even heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you, much less this house that I have built! Have regard to your servant’s prayer and his plea, O Lord my God, heeding the cry and the prayer that your servant prays to you today; that your eyes may be open night and day towards this house, the place of which you said, “My name shall be there”, that you may heed the prayer that your servant prays towards this place. Hear the plea of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray towards this place; O hear in heaven your dwelling-place; heed and forgive. (1King 8:27-29)(2 Chronicle 6:18-20)

God listened to the supplication of Solomon, hallowed that place and established His name there. He spoke to Solomon as follows “ Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place. 16For now I have chosen and consecrated this house so that my name may be there for ever; my eyes and my heart will be there for all time”(2 chro 7:15,16)

Now it is clear from the supplication of Solomon and the answer there to given by the Lord that the house of the Lord is the place selected by Him for worship and that the Lord’s eyes are always there. So the persons responsible for its maintenance and those who go there for worship should go with utmost caution and piety. All those entering the house of God should do so saying the following prayer “ with reverence do I enter thy house and make my offerings unto thee”. From this prayer it is clear that you should not come to the house of God empty handed. Everyone should give offerings according to one’s capacity.

Written by Joemon Mani

Beginning of Jesus Ministry

Jesus Baptized by John

Jesus Baptized by John

Jesus Baptized by John

One day Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, to the Jordan. He came to John to be baptized. But John did not want to baptize Jesus, and said to him, I am the one that needs to be baptized by you, and you are coming to be baptized by me?

Jesus answered John and said, Permit it to fulfill all righteousness.

Then John permitted it.

After all the others had been baptized it came time to baptize Jesus. After Jesus had been baptized, and before he was out of the Jordan River the heavens opened up and the Holy Spirit, descended in bodily form as a dove upon him, and a voice came out of the heavens saying, This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased.

Jesus was about thirty years old when he began to teach. And Jesus was full of the Holy Spirit as he left the Jordan.

Temptated in the Wilderness

Temptated in the Wilderness

Temptated in the Wilderness

And immediately Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And being led in the Spirit, he was in the wilderness with wild beasts, being tempted of Satan. Jesus ate nothing for forty days and forty nights, and he became hungry.

The devil said to him, If you are the Son of God, command these stones become bread. Jesus answered and said, It is written that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God.

Then the devil led Jesus into Jerusalem and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, He will put his angels in charge of keeping him safe and guarding him from harm.

The angels will not let you fall, they will hold you up with their hands so that you do not dash you foot against the stones. Jesus answered, It is written you shall not put the Lord your God to the test.

The devil took him to a very high mountain and led him up to the top where he showed him all the kingdoms of the world in all their glory in a split second. And he said to Jesus, I will give you authority over all these kingdoms and you can have their glory for yourself. These are mine to give to whomever I will. If you will fall down and worship me this will all be yours.

Then Jesus answered and said, Get away from me Satan, for it is written that you shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.

And when Satan had completed all his temptations, he left him for a season, and the angels came and ministered to Jesus.

John Confesses that He Is Not the Christ

John Confesses that He Is Not the Christ

John Confesses that He Is Not the Christ

The priests and the Levites came to the Jordan to ask John the Baptist who he was. John told them in no uncertain terms that he was not the Christ.

Are your Elijah?, they asked. John answered, I am not. Are you the prophet. No, answered John. Then who are you?

John answered, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord.

Then they asked him, Why do you baptize if you not the Christ or Elijah? John answered them and said, I baptize with water, in the midst of you is standing someone who you do not know. He is the one for whom I am preparing the way. I am not even worthy to untie his shoes.

All of this was done in Bethany beyond the Jordan where John was baptizing.

John’s Testimony

John's Testimony

John’s Testimony

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, Behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world! This is the one I was talking about when I said that a man was coming before me because he was before me. (John who was 6 month older than Jesus was confessing that Jesus was eternal and pre existed before anything else that was created.)

John then testified saying, I have seen the Spirit coming as a dove out of heaven and descending upon him. I did not recognize who Jesus was, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, When you see the dove descending and abiding on him then you will know that he is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit. And I did see it with my own eyes and have given testimony to the fact that Jesus is the Son of God.

Jesus’ First Disciples

Jesus' First Disciples

Jesus’ First Disciples

The very next day John was standing with two of his disciples and he looked intently at Jesus as he walked by.John said, Behold the Lamb of God! When the two disciples (Andrew and possibly John) heard this they followed Jesus.

Jesus turned and looked at them following and said to them. What are you looking for?

And they said to him, Teacher where are you staying? Jesus said to them, Come and you will see.

They went with Jesus and stayed with him, it was about four o’clock in the afternoon.

One of the two that followed Jesus was named Andrew, and he had a brother named Simon Peter. He went to find Peter, and told him that we have found the Messiah (the Christ). Then he brought Peter to Jesus.

Jesus looked at him and said, You shall be Simon ( the name means “hearing”) the son of John: You shall be call Cephas ( Peter in Greek, and Stone in English)

Jesus Finds Phillip

Jesus Finds Phillip

Jesus Finds Phillip

The next day Jesus decided to go into Galilee where he found Phillip. Jesus said to Phillip, Follow me. Philip was from Bethsaida, the same city where Andrew and Peter lived.

Phillip left Jesus to go and find his friend Nathanael in order to share the news with him that the Messiah had come, the one that Moses and the prophets wrote about. He told Nathanael that the one who all Israel was waiting for was Jesus, the son of Joseph. When Nathanael heard this he asked, Can anything good come out of Nazareth?
Phillip answered and said, Come and see.

Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said to him, Look, an Israelite in whom there is no deceit. Nathanael said to Jesus, How do you know me? Jesus answered and said to him, Before Phillip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.

Nathanael was stunned and said to Jesus, Teacher, you are the Son of God. You are the King of Israel.

Jesus answered and said to him, Because I said to you, I saw you under the fig tree you believe in me. you will see greater things than these. And then Jesus said, I tell you the truth, You will see the heavens opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of man.

First Miracle

First Miracle

First Miracle

Three days after Jesus called Phillip to come and follow him, there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee that was being attended by Mary, the mother of Jesus. Jesus had also been invited, and his disciples were in attendance as well.

Before the marriage festivities were over, they ran out of wine. Mary came to Jesus and told him that they had no more wine. Jesus said to her, Woman, what have I to do with you? My hour has not yet come.

Note -

Many people have misunderstood this part of the story of Jesus and have wondered why Jesus gave Mary the rebuke. The answer is instructive. Notice that Jesus did not call Mary his mother, but instead he called her Woman, a term of courteous respect. Jesus was simply making the point that when it came to miracles, he was not acting under the authority of his mother and would not submit in the spirit of obedience. This mild rebuke of Mary was meant to point us to the fact that Jesus operates under the authority of his Father in Heaven and that his parental duties were subordinate to divine duties. Jesus made the same point with Mary when he was only twelve years old and stayed in Jerusalem to be about his Fathers business in the temple, absent from the party returning to Nazareth.

It seems obvious that Mary had more in mind than just the gift of wine. She apparently wanted Jesus to reveal himself as the Messiah. His primary manifestation of himself as the Messiah was in his Passion. The time for this manifestation had not yet come.

End Note

His mother said to the servants. Do whatever he tells you to do. Now there were six stone water pots that the Jews used for ceremonial washing of hands before they ate. Each water pot held between eighteen and twenty seven gallons of water.

Jesus told the servants to fill the water pots with water. They filled them to the brim. Jesus then told the servants to fill a cup from the water pot and take it to the ruler of the feast. They did as Jesus said. When the ruler of the feast tasted the water that had become wine, not knowing where it came from, he called the bridegroom and said to him, Usually the good wine is brought out first, and then after everyone has had a chance to drink freely, then the poorer quality wine is brought out. But you have kept the good wine for last.

This is the beginning of the signs that Jesus did in Cana of Galilee. And the signs and wonders he did manifested his glory. And Jesus’ disciples believed in him.

Jesus at Capernaum
After this, Jesus and his disciples along, with his mother, went down to Capernaum. They stayed there for many days.

Written by Joemon Mani

John Warns the Religious Leaders

John Warns the Religious Leaders

John Warns the Religious Leaders

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and the Sadducee’s coming to his baptism, he spoke to the Pharisees and Sadducee’s so that the multitude of people around him could hear.

You offspring of vipers, who told you to flee from the wrath to come? Produce a manner of life that shows you really want to change, and don’t think that just because you are descendants of Abraham that God will save you.

I tell you plainly that God is able to make children of Abraham from the stones that are around you. Right now the axe lies at the root of the trees; every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire.

People in the crowd around John asked, What must we do?

John answered them. Those of you that have two coats, give one to the person who has none. He that has an abundance of food, share it with those who have no food.

Publicans (tax collectors for Rome) that had come to John to be baptised, asked. What must we do? And John said to them, Don’t steal money, but only collect the taxes that are due.

To the soldiers John said. Don’t extort money by means of violence, and do not accuse anyone falsely or blackmail anyone. Be content with your wages.

John the Baptist’s ministry created a great expectation. Many began to wonder if John might be the Christ.

John became aware of what they were thinking and told them that while he was baptizing with water to show repentance that one was going to come after him who
would be mightier than him, whose shoes he was not worthy to stoop down and unloose.

John said, The one that is coming after me will baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire. The winnowing shovel is in his hand and he will completely clean the threshing floor.
He will gather his grain into his vault, but the chaff he will burn up with a fire that will not go out.

With many other exhortations, John preached good tidings to the people.

Written by Joemon Mani

John the Baptist

 John the Baptist

John the Baptist

And the word of God came to John, the son of Zacharias, while he was in the wilderness. And the message John the Baptist was preaching was that men and women should repent because the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

John the Baptist was the person who Isaiah the prophet had spoken about as the one who would come in the spirit and power of Elijah to make the way ready for the Messiah. Isaiah the prophet said, Behold I send my messenger, before your face, who will prepare your way. The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make ready the way of the Lord, Make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall become straight, and the rough ways smooth. And all people will see the salvation of God.

John began baptizing in the wilderness and preaching repentance for the remission of sins. John wore clothing made from camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist. And to sustain himself he ate locusts and wild honey.

People came from everywhere to hear John preach. They came from the country of Judaea and from Jerusalem. They came from the region around the Jordan. And all who came to him confessing their sins, he baptized.

Written by Joemon Mani

Political And Religious Backround at Time of Jesus Ministry

Political And Religious Backround at Time of Jesus Ministry

Political And Religious Backround at Time of Jesus Ministry

Political And Religious Backround at Time of Jesus Ministry

The political and religious background that surrounds the ministry of both John the Baptist and Jesus is as follows:

It was the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, the emperor of Rome. Tiberius had distinguished himself as a citizen for his oratory skills, as a soldier and a public official. As emperor of Rome he was slothful, self indulgent, licentious, vindictive and cruel. He was a master at lying and he was very cunning.

Pontius Pilate was the governor of Judaea for 10 years. He had entered public life not for pure of lofty reasons but to advance his own career and serve his own selfish purposes. He was ruthless and murderous, with a reputation among the Jews he ruled
as being tyrannical and tempestuous. He had a very low and corrupt character.

Herod (also called Antipas) was ruler of Galilee. Herod was first married to a daughter of King Aretas of Arabia; then he took Heroidas, his brothers’ wife, as his own wife. This sinful act resulted in the death of John the Baptist and the overthrow and banishment of Herod and his unlawful wife.

Phillip, the half brother of Herod (Antipas), was ruler of the region of Ituraea. He was the only decent ruler from the line of Herod. He was known for his moderation and his justice.

Trachonitis and Lysanias were the rulers of Abilene, a region 18 miles from Damascus. History gives us no account of these men.

The High Priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas. Annas was the father in law of Caiaphas, and although Caiaphas was the official high priest of Israel, Annas who had been the former high priest still held power and authority. Caiaphas is the high priest that tore his clothes and declared Jesus worthy of death.

These are the prominent political and religious figures that were on the historical landscape at the time that John the Baptist and then Jesus began their public ministries.

Scribes

The word “scribe” is the English translation of the Greek word “Grammateis”, which means “student of the scriptures.” Scribes were men whose primary occupation was writing out copies of the Jewish Scriptures and teaching the people what the law said.
Because they copied the Old Testament books, they were familiar with the Hebrew Scriptures and were respected in society for their literacy and knowledge. The scribes provided teaching that was the religious and moral backbone for the Jewish people during the time of Jesus. Because of their role, they were often addressed as, “Teacher.”

They were trusted as professional interpreters and as ones who could judge individual cases as they related to Jewish law. Scribes were, therefore, also trusted as lawyers within Jewish society. As the scribes were the most learned individuals on the fine details of following Jewish law, their duties also consisted of deciding on specific questions of the law in individual cases. Scribes had no authority in themselves, but rather they continually deferred to the authority of other scribes and traditions to
support their positions. The scribes were some of Jesus’ most adamant opponents. In their minds, the Messiah who the Old Testament Scriptures spoke about did not seem to match up with who Jesus was.

Pharisees

The Pharisees were religious leaders in the Jewish society at the time of Jesus. They were religious fundamentalists who focused on strict observance of the Jewish laws, ceremonies and traditions. There were around 6,000 Pharisees during Jesus’ time on earth. Pharisees were leaders in the local synagogue. Most every Jewish community had their own synagogue, while there was only one temple and it was in Jerusalem.

Pharisees strongly encouraged the Jewish people to pursue righteousness by closely following the Jewish laws and not compromising with the beliefs and ways of the Romans. The Pharisees openly opposed Jesus for many reasons. They were particularly appalled at his acts of healing people on the Sabbath and his blatant claims to divinity.

Jesus denounced them as being hypocrites. They often lived moral lives, full of good deeds, but it was all outward actions with no thought given to the heart or motives of the actions.

Sadducees

The Sadducees were Jewish religious leaders who were primarily from the upper-class,were much more sympathetic to the Romans and sought to maintain their aristocratic positions in society. They often disagreed with the Pharisees because the Sadducees rejected the oral traditions and much of the doctrine of the Pharisees.

The Sadducees were opposed to Jesus because there was the supposed threat that Jesus could potentially overthrow the Roman government, thus jeopardizing their positions of prestige. Sadducees lived primarily in Jerusalem and their lives were often focused around the happenings of the Jewish temple in Jerusalem. The Sanhedrin (the judicial council of the Jewish people) was comprised primarily of Sadducees.

Lawyers

The lawyers in Jesus time were the scribes. Jewish scribes functioned not only to preserve the Scriptures by copying them and teaching them, but also by settling disputes and questions regarding the laws of Moses. See the definition of “scribe” for more information.

Teachers

The word “teacher” usually comes from the Hebrew word, “Rabbi”. Teacher is the term that Jews used to address their religious leaders. Because scribes were the most educated in the scriptures and fulfilled the role of instructing others, they were often addressed as “teacher.” Jesus was recognized as a Teacher who stood apart from other teachers. Most teachers would appeal to other teachers or famous scribes to support their statements, while Jesus spoke as one who had authority in himself.

Written by Joemon Mani

The Boy Jesus Visits Jerusalem

The Boy Jesus Visits Jerusalem

The Boy Jesus Visits Jerusalem

Every year Joseph and Mary went to Jerusalem to celebrate the feast of the Passover. And when Jesus was twelve years old he went up to Jerusalem with his parents to celebrate the custom of the feast.

And when the celebration was complete, Mary and Joseph began the trip home thinking that Jesus was in the crowd that was returning to Nazareth after the celebration. But Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem.

One day passed and Jesus’ parents realized after searching all over for Jesus that he was not among them. They immediately returned to Jerusalem and after three days found him in the temple sitting in the midst of the teachers. Jesus was listening and asking questions. And everyone who heard Jesus was amazed at his understanding and his answers.

When Mary and Joseph saw Jesus they were astonished. Mary said to Jesus, why have you treated us this way, your father and I have been worried sick looking for you everywhere. And Jesus said to them, How is it that you were looking for me? Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?

Mary and Joseph did not understand what Jesus was saying to them. And they left together to return to Nazareth. And Jesus

Jerusalem Temple

Jerusalem Temple

was subject to his parents. Mary kept all these sayings in her heart.

Jesus advanced in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

Not much else is known about the life of Jesus until John the Baptist begins his public ministry and Jesus bursts on the scene followed by signs, wonders and miracles.

Written by Joemon Mani