Refreshment Dispenser – Good News for November 13

13 11 2008

Paul’s Letter to Philemon 7

I have experienced much joy and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of the holy ones have been refreshed by you, brother.

The Daily Path: I will include today’s gospel below, but first want to hold up this passage from St. Paul. I think it’s very important during current economic times and anytime that one of our own needs some love. Here’s why…

Yesterday afternoon a friend called to tell me he’d suddenly been laid off from his job. If that wasn’t enough, without the health care offered with the job, his wife, who is battling a rare form of cancer, won’t be able to continue with her current treatment and upcoming surgeries. He simply can’t afford any bridge health insurance on his own. While I’m sure that God will guide them along and keep them safe, in the moment of great despair he needed someone to refresh his “hope tank.”.

Joy and encouragement come in many forms. Each of us have the capacity to dispense it in endless quantity. But first we have to be willing to lift ourselves up and share the love. St. Paul wrote this while imprisoned, yet he still managed to offer refreshment. Could any of us be worse off than he was at the time? 

Yesterday’s opportunity to offer some love was delivered to me, but I’ll bet I missed other chances to refresh in the course of the day. I pray that my eyes and ears will be opened today so that I can dispense some joy and encouragement where it’s needed.

Thanks for listening, and now, today’s reading:

Luke 17: 20-25

Asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would come, Jesus said in reply, “The coming of the Kingdom of God cannot be observed, and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’ For behold, the Kingdom of God is among you.”

Then he said to his disciples, “The days will come when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it. There will be those who will say to you, ‘Look, there he is,’ or ‘Look, here he is.’ Do not go off, do not run in pursuit. For just as lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other,
so will the Son of Man be in his day. But first he must suffer greatly and be rejected by this generation.”

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