We’re On The Way – Good News for May 24

24 05 2009

John 17:11-19

Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed saying, “Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are one. When I was with them I protected them in your name that you gave me, and I guarded them, and none of them was lost except the son of destruction, in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled.

But now I am coming to you.

I speak this in the world so that they may share my joy completely. I gave them your word, and the world hated them, because they do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world but that you keep them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world. And I consecrate myself for them, so that they also may be consecrated in truth.”

The Daily Path: “I am coming to you.”

There’s the mission statement for all of us on the spiritual journey. Father, we ARE all coming to you. 

Have a great Sunday. 

Room to Chat: Father, in the name of Jesus, please continue to guard us on the way home.

Breathe Through The Contractions – Good News for May 23

23 05 2009

John 16:20-23

Jesus said to his disciples, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy. When a woman is in labor, she is in anguish because her hour has arrived; but when she has given birth to a child, she no longer remembers the pain because of her joy that a child has been born into the world.

So you also are now in anguish. But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you. On that day you will not question me about anything. Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.”

The Daily Path: Recently a very good friend of mine apologized because he believed he was the cause of some anxiety in my life. What I found so surprising is that my friend, who by the way qualifies as a genius and remarkable visionary, couldn’t uncover the real story. For all of his smarts and vision, he couldn’t see his role in God’s plan to get to me.

Were it not for a series of events in which he did play a supporting role, I would not be writing this blog today or savoring the greatest source of joy in my life… God. If anything, I should be apologizing to him for not adequately acknowledging his critical role in this miracle. He was part of what the Father provided to me. He’s part of the joy.

Apology accepted. None needed.

Life will bring years of anguish and mountains of grief. No doubt about that. The question to consider is how these challenges fit into God’s plan for us. Is it only empty pain? Or will the pain pass, opening the door to great gifts and unimaginable joy?  

Step back and consider what is happening in your life. Look at the events. Watch for the signs. Put the pieces together. God IS active in your life.

Like a woman in labor, when life gives you contractions… KEEP BREATHING! Get through the pain by looking forward to the rejoicing.

Room to Chat: Many visitors to my Good New To-Go! blog click on the “Connect” link at the top of the page. Unfortunately, no one ever sends me a note. I wish they would. There are about 6 billion people who I would like to meet before I meet my maker. And I’m running out of time!

Please send me an e-mail and introduce yourself. Share your sorrow or send your joy.

Asking Dad – Good News for May 22

22 05 2009

John 16:23-28

Jesus said to his disciples, “Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you. Until now you have not asked anything in my name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.

“I have told you this in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures but I will tell you clearly about the Father. On that day you will ask in my name, and I do not tell you that I will ask the Father for you. For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have come to believe that I came from God. I came from the Father and have come into the world. Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”

The Daily Path: Prayer has become an important part of my life. The time I carve out for conversations with God is the best part of my day. It’s often the only place I find peace and true joy.

Now you might ask “What about your wife and kids? How do they feel about that statement? Aren’t they the most important part of your life? Don’t they bring you true joy”

My answer is this: The peace and joy my family brings me are part of my conversation with the Father. A conversation is not just words thrown about between two beings. A conversation is an intimate association. As such, my family is a huge part of that which is most important to me above all else… God. 

Room to Chat: Take a peace break today. Get up from your desk or work bench and ask “Dad” to go for a short walk with you. While you’re walking ask Him, in the name of Jesus, to bring you peace.

Postscript: Today my wife and I celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary. Anne thank you for allowing me to walk alongside you on the journey. Your unconditional love has made all the difference in my life. I don’t know why you put up with me, but I’m glad you do! I love you. 

Up, Up, And Away – Good News for May 21

21 05 2009

Acts 1:6-11

When they had gathered together they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” 

He answered them, “It is not for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has established by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

When he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight. While they were looking intently at the sky as he was going, suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.”

Mark 16:15-20

Jesus said to his disciples, “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.”

So 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: The original Superman! As a boy I would stare at the stained glass window in our church that depicted Jesus’ ascension into Heaven. Pondering this was far more engaging than the dull thunder I heard from the monsignor’s pulpit. I tried to imagine what it was like to have been there. “Did he float into space or fly?” “Could the Apostles actually see Jesus sitting in a chair with God the Father?” So many questions that my imagination would run with.

Despite all the miracles that the disciples were witness to, this last demonstration still must have been a jaw dropper. 

Who knows? I may be here to witness His equally amazing return!

Room to Chat: Lord, grant me Super-vision today so that I can see more of your miracles going on around me.

Spirit Tweets – Good News for May 20

20 05 2009

John 16:12-15

Jesus said to his disciples, “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming.

He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.”

The Daily Path: Jesus knew his disciples would need help after He left this earth. He would always be with them but more would be needed for the road they faced. God would send the Holy Spirit to bolster each of them.

I see the same plan at work today. I know that Jesus is always there beside me. He waits patiently for me to reach out to Him for help. However, there are times when this truth is veiled by my own weakness. Times when journey becomes increasingly difficult and somehow darkness begins to dim the light through which I see. 

That’s when the most amazing things happen. The Holy Spirit arrives on cue, in the moments when I feel most alone on the journey, to refresh my own spirit and hearten me. These Spirit-Tweets are powerful reminders of God’s love that arrive in many forms, from the simplest note to an action several degrees removed that somehow touch me. God sends the Spirit when I need it most and am open to receive. I can’t understand everything, but have faith that one day I will. In the meantime, the Holy Spirit provides enough understanding to get me through.

Friends, I share my experiences in the hope others can see they are not alone on the difficult journey that’s life on earth. Christ walks with us. I know this to be true.

Room to Chat: Thank you, God.

Where Are You? – Good News for May 19

19 05 2009

John 16:5-11

Jesus said to his disciples, “Now I am going to the one who sent me, and not one of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’

But because I told you this, grief has filled your hearts. But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes he will convict the world in regard to sin and righteousness and condemnation: 

sin, because they do not believe in me; 

righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will no longer see me;

condemnation, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.”

The Daily Path: Some days I want to ask Jesus, “Where have you gone?” The problem is that Jesus has not gone anywhere. He’s a constant. Always there.

The problem is me. I’m the one who has gone somewhere. 

Room to Chat: Feeling grief? Disconnected? Now is the time to actively seek Christ. He’s right there.

Job Benefits – Good News for May 18

18 05 2009

John 15:26-16

Jesus said to his disciples, “When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me. And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.

“I have told you this so that you may not fall away. They will expel you from the synagogues; in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God. They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me. I have told you this so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you.”

The Daily Path: You get hired into a new job and pass through the training program. You are ready to hit the street and the company exec stops in to tell you, “Oh by the way, when the competition is chasing you down the street with rocks to stone you and swords to cut off your head, just remember it’s not personal, they only know their way.” Obviously, it takes some real faith to work for that company. 

Some of us catch it just for being Catholic, as I’m sure other people do who discuss their own faith. You get some verbal rocks tossed at you… even by other Christians. I’d like to see less time gathering stones at the rock pile and more time around the water cooler embracing the common denominator.

Oh well, at least the boss issued a warning of what was ahead.