The Provider – Good News for July 22

22 07 2009

Psalms 78:

They tempted God in their hearts by demanding the food they craved. Yes, they spoke against God, saying, “Can God spread a table in the desert?”

Yet he commanded the skies above and the doors of heaven he opened; He rained manna upon them for food and gave them heavenly bread.

Man ate the bread of angels, food he sent them in abundance. He stirred up the east wind in the heavens, and by his power brought on the south wind.

And he rained meat upon them like dust, and, like the sand of the sea, winged fowl, which fell in the midst of their camp round about their tents.

The Daily Path: I wonder how many times have I doubted God in my own heart? In the midst of anxiety I have overlooked the abundance he has provided… and will continue to provide.

Room to Chat: Father, forgive me for the doubt that creeps into my heart when I am blinded by despair. Even in human suffering you provide. Thank you for what I have been given.


Family – Good News for July 21

21 07 2009

Matthew 12:46-50

While Jesus was speaking to the crowds, his mother and his brothers appeared outside, wishing to speak with him. Someone told him, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, asking to speak with you.”

But he said in reply to the one who told him, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, and sister, and mother.”

The Daily Path: No matter how difficult the road you travel becomes, keep praying. Keep asking for help. Answers come in a variety of ways. Some are simple answers that arrive quickly. Others are compound and take time for all the pieces to come together. Many times the answer is not what we expect. 

Sit with your Father, Mother and Brother. Keep asking.

Room to Chat: Thank you, Father. Thank you, Mother.


Shepherd’s Call – Good News for July 19

19 07 2009

St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians 2:13-14

Brothers and sisters,

In Christ Jesus you who once were far off have become near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace… 

Mark 6:30-34

The apostles gathered together with Jesus and reported all they had done and taught.  He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” 

People were coming and going in great numbers, and they had no opportunity even to eat. So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place. People saw them leaving and many came to know about it. They hastened there on foot from all the towns and arrived at the place before them.

When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.

The Daily Path: I was far off for many years. There was no shepherd in my life. Then, one day not all that long ago, I was suddenly called back. In my return to God, I found peace and a sense of direction. Christ brought me back to the main flock.

Since then I have learned that although we love God and believe (as best as our flawed human selves are capable of) we can still get lost at times. Recent events in my own life have caused great fear and anxiety. In these days I felt lost and disconnected. In some ways I forgot where the spring of life really exists and the peace that flows from it. But the Good Shepherd is never far from his sheep. Though we may feel lost and tremble in fear… Christ will come to find us.

Over the past two days, I have felt more at peace than at any time in the past two months. I believe that once again… the Shepherd has come to find me.

Room to Chat: Father, thank you for taking pity on me and bringing some peace back to my life. Please keep all of us who are fearful close to You. Continue to calm our fears. 


Withdraw – Good News for July 18

18 07 2009

Matthew 12:14-21

The Pharisees went out and took counsel against Jesus to put him to death.

When Jesus realized this, he withdrew from that place. Many people followed him, and he cured them all, but he warned them not to make him known. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through Isaiah the prophet:

Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved in whom I delight; I shall place my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles. He will not contend or cry out, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory. And in his name the Gentiles will hope.

The Daily Path: When pursued by hostile pharisees in our own lives, where is the one place we can withdraw to? Where’s the peace in the midst of a hurricane?

Through my own trials I’m learning that calm is in the presence of Christ.

Withdraw from the storm to sit with Jesus. Find time to seek his presence. 

Room to Chat: Lord, please bring your servant Matt home to sit with you in the Kingdom of Heaven. Heal Chris and Michael. Bring renewed strength to Pat and Herb. 


Mercy, Not Sacrifice – Good News for July 17

17 07 2009

Matthew 12:1-8

Jesus was going through a field of grain on the sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick the heads of grain and eat them.

When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “See, your disciples are doing what is unlawful to do on the sabbath.” 

He said to the them, “Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry, how he went into the house of God and ate the bread of offering, which neither he nor his companions but only the priests could lawfully eat? Or have you not read in the law that on the sabbath
the priests serving in the temple violate the sabbath and are innocent?

I say to you, something greater than the temple is here. If you knew what this meant, I desire mercy, not sacrifice, you would not have condemned these innocent men. For the Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath.”


Good News for July 16

16 07 2009

Matthew 11:28-30

Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”