A Return Trip – Good News for June 12

12 06 2009

2 Corinthians 4:17-15

Brothers and sisters, We hold this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the Body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being given up to death for the sake of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 

So death is at work in us, but life in you. Since, then, we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, I believed, therefore I spoke,” we too believe and therefore speak,  knowing that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and place us with you in his presence. Everything indeed is for you, so that the grace bestowed in abundance on more and more people may cause the thanksgiving to overflow for the glory of God.

The Daily Path: Early this morning I received very tragic news that the sister and brother in-law of a very good friend of mine drown yesterday while on holiday in the Dominican Republic.

Like me, Ed is a cradle Catholic who went through parochial school. Like me, during his “rebellious years” he left the Church. Although we talk about everything under the sun from our common experience, we never discuss faith or spirituality. That’s not surprising as most men don’t do that very well. We can talk baseball, hockey, film noir, TV in the 50’s, great pizzerias, or whatever, for hours on end, but the subject of religion scares us no end.

As I think about this tragedy and what my buddy is going through at this very moment, I can’t help but wonder if he knows that his sister is in the presence of Jesus… the one who offers eternal salvation. Perhaps this horrible event will give me an opportunity to finally talk to my friend about that most common of bonds between us. Perhaps, if he hasn’t already done so, he will once again hear the Good News and open his heart to Christ. Perhaps these untimely deaths will allow new grace to flow where it’s been absent for so long.

Maybe our two hour lunches will turn into three hour events that cover one other topic… our Catholic faith.

Room to Chat: Please keep Ed’s family in your prayers. Petition Christ to bring Jean and David Rosenberg home. And… ask Jesus to hold Ed and his teenage nephews, Eddie and Stephen very close in the coming days.


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