Get Off My Back! – Good News for April 30

30 04 2009

John 6:44-51

Jesus said to the crowds, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him, and I will raise him on the last day. It is written in the prophets:

They shall all be taught by God.

Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me. Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died; this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die. 

I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my Flesh for the life of the world.”

The Daily Path: Do you ever feel like the devil is riding your back? I guess it’s my week to do battle because there seems to be a hitchhiker who’s been tailing me since Monday. Maybe if I hit the brakes it will smash into my trunk for an ambulance ride back to hell.  

Stan Doubtsall: “Ah ha! Martha, the cracker is finally admitting he’s possessed. Quick, Google “exorcisms” before the devil virus infects this old PC! Damn, I told you we should have bought an Apple.”

Sorry Stan. I just write what I feel along this journey. And right now it feels like the devil is messing with me. There’s only one defense and that’s a counter attack. Spending more time in pursuit of God. More bread from Jesus. Lord if you don’t mind, I’d like two loaves of your grace today. Please put a smile in my heart and infuse more faith, hope, charity, prudence, fortitude, temperance and justice in me. 

I renounce you old satan… so get off my back!

Room to Chat: Lord Jesus, I know I’m not worthy to receive you but please just say the word and let the healing begin.

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THE Promise – Good News for April 29

29 04 2009

John 6:35-40

Jesus said to the crowds, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst. But I told you that although you have seen me, you do not believe. Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and I will not reject anyone who comes to me, because I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me.

And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day.”

The Daily Path: Here’s the iron clad promise straight from Christ:

“I will not reject anyone who comes to me. Everyone who believes in me may have eternal life.”

This has been a particularly challenging week for me. It’s only Wednesday but it feels like a month of Fridays compressed into the past 48 hours. I share this because today’s gospel arrived right on schedule… at a time when I desperately needed to close my ears to all the noise and just focus on THE one true promise.

Jesus is the bakeryman. His bread is what sustains me.

Room to Chat: Father in heaven, you are the greatest. Please find it in your heart to forgive all my screw ups and give me what I need. Shower me with the grace to forgive and keep you first in my heart.





Truth – Good News for April 28

28 04 2009

Acts 7:51-60

Stephen said to the people, the elders, and the scribes, “You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always oppose the Holy Spirit; you are just like your ancestors. Which of the prophets did your ancestors not persecute? They put to death those who foretold the coming of the righteous one, whose betrayers and murderers you have now become. You received the law as transmitted by angels, but you did not observe it.”

When they heard this, they were infuriated, and they ground their teeth at him. But Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked up intently to heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and Stephen said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”

But they cried out in a loud voice, covered their ears, and rushed upon him together. They threw him out of the city, and began to stone him. The witnesses laid down their cloaks at the feet of a young man named Saul. As they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he fell to his knees and cried out in a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them”; and when he said this, he fell asleep.

The Daily Path: How many times do we cover our ears to hide from the truth? And more egregiously… how often do we kill the messenger who shines light on the darkness in our life?

Room to Chat: When the Devil jumps you in the alley of your life, don’t mess around. Cry out to Christ for help.





GodCorp – Good News for April 27

27 04 2009

John 6:22-29

After Jesus had fed the five thousand men, his disciples saw him walking on the sea…

The next day, the crowd that remained across the sea saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not gone along with his disciples in the boat, but only his disciples had left. Other boats came from Tiberias near the place where they had eaten the bread when the Lord gave thanks. When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into boats and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus.

And when they found him across the sea they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” Jesus answered them and said, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you are looking for me not because you saw signs but because you ate the loaves and were filled. Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.” 

So they said to him, “What can we do to accomplish the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.”

The Daily Path: Believing in Jesus is the work of GodCorp.

Imagine… an institution that will never require a bailout! The one true, rock solid, blue chip corporation who’s chief executive is beyond reproach. We do the work and GodCorp will always pay a dividend. 

I can hear old Stan Doubtsall, “There you go again, asking me to take a leap of faith. Based on what?”

That’s correct Stan. Think about all the “sure thing investments” you’ve made in your life. Every single one of those was a leap of faith. Why do you doubt now? Ask yourself this, “Of all your solid investments, do you have absolute proof that have any paid in currency that will hold eternal value?” Bread will crumble. Fish will rot. Currency will falter. But God’s love and care will never fail. That’s the promise. All you have to do is believe in the Son of Man.

Stan, I know it’s hard, but everything in life is hard. You invested in a company with the goofiest name of all time, one that didn’t even have a business plan when it started (Google). Won’t you just give GodCorp an opportunity to perform?

Room to Chat: If you’re a new investor or an established one, just take a moment today and think about something good in your life.





Convenient Ignorance – Good News for April 26

26 04 2009

Acts 3:13-15

Peter said to the people, “The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and denied in Pilate’s presence when he had decided to release him. You denied the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. The author of life you put to death but God raised him from the dead; of this we are witnesses.

Now I know, brothers, that you acted out of ignorance, just as your leaders did; but God has thus brought to fulfillment what he had announced beforehand through the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer. Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away.”

The Daily Path: For years I allowed myself to live in intentional ignorance of the truth. It wasn’t convenient for me to open myself up to God. Religion wasn’t cool and I had to maintain my image as a hipster. I could find every excuse why I didn’t buy into the Catholic Church. As a matter of fact, the Church was my convenient excuse for perpetuating ignorance.

No friends, ignorance is not bliss. True bliss can only come from opening your mind and heart to God. Fortunately, I found some courage to remove a brick from the wall of ignorance and convenient untruth that I’d built up so high over many years. One brick enabled enough light to shine in, warm my heart and illuminate the truth.

Room to Chat: Lord, let your face shine on those who continue to hide from You.





Humility Haberdashery – Good News for April 25

25 04 2009

Mark 16:15-20

Jesus appeared to the Eleven and said to them: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned. These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages. They will pick up serpents with their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

Then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God. But they went forth and preached everywhere,
while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.

The Daily Path: Today’s reading (from 1 Peter 5:5) is worth reflecting on… especially for me.

Beloved, Clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another, for:

God opposes the proud but bestows favor on the humble.

So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you.

Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in faith, knowing that your brothers and sisters throughout the world undergo the same sufferings. The God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory through Christ Jesus will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you after you have suffered a little. To him be dominion forever. Amen.

Room to Chat: Reconciliation anyone?





One Tiny Fish – Good News for April 24

24 04 2009

John 6:1-15

Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee. A large crowd followed him, because they saw the signs he was performing on the sick. Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples.  The Jewish feast of Passover was near. When Jesus raised his eyes and saw that a large crowd was coming to him, he said to Philip, “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?” He said this to test him, because he himself knew what he was going to do.

Philip answered him,”Two hundred days’ wages worth of food would not be enough for each of them to have a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what good are these for so many?”Jesus said, “Have the people recline.” 

Now there was a great deal of grass in that place. So the men reclined, about five thousand in number. Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to those who were reclining, and also as much of the fish as they wanted. When they had had their fill, he said to his disciples, “Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted.” So they collected them, and filled twelve wicker baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves that had been more than they could eat.

When the people saw the sign he had done, they said, “This is truly the Prophet, the one who is to come into the world.” Since Jesus knew that they were going to come and carry him off to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain alone.

The Daily Path: Abundance where once only scarcity existed.

Sharing is one of the miracles of keeping Christ in our daily life and the opportunity to live His teaching. Sharing what we have with someone in need, is nothing short of miraculous for those on the receiving end. Even after reading John’s gospel our inner Stan Doubtsall may ask, “How can my one tiny fish make a difference when need is so great?” You’d be amazed at how far the metaphorical loaf or fish can go when there is nothing else.

What’s in my closet that will never see the light of day, yet could provide a job seeker the professional appearance that enables them to get a job? What have I hoarded that will never be touched in the next ten years, yet in the hands of someone else will be a life changing tool? Will I even notice a dollar or two donated to Catholic Charities, Salvation Army or any number of agencies that provide shelter to people with no other place to turn, that could keep them off the street and out of harms way the night they otherwise would have been beaten will sleeping in an alley? What about my time? Can I offer just a few hours of my time and skill that could in turn impact someone’s life forever?  

If I take a good look, I’ll see the demographic of need has shifted significantly. It’s not someone who lives on the “other side of the tracks.” It’s that family I once saw at the country club. The former manager who is now selling every possession just to feed his family while he struggles to find a job… any job. That person may even be me.

Trust me friends, now is the time that we all need to take a hard look at that little fish and tiny loaf in our basket to see how we can perform miracles of our own.

Room to Chat: (Psalms 34:19-20) The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves. Many are the troubles of the just man, but out of them all the Lord delivers him. The Lord hears the cry of the poor… let’s open our ears today and hear.