Morning Star – Good News for August 6

6 08 2009

2 Peter 1:16-19

Beloved, We did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honor and glory from God the Father when that unique declaration came to him from the majestic glory, “This is my Son, my beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”

We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven while we were with him on the holy mountain. Moreover, we possess the prophetic message that is altogether reliable. You will do well to be attentive to it, as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

The Daily Path: God does talk to us. I know this to be true because He has spoken to me. I wasn’t on a mountain top nor have I heard a booming voice. The first time I was alone driving in a car. The other two times I was at Mass. I didn’t hear an audible voice. I felt His words in the form of inspiration.

I like Peter’s analogy of God’s message as “the morning star rising in your heart.” For me that was very much the way it happened. The long darkness in my life slowly gave way to the light of dawn. His words through inspiration was indeed my morning star.

Room to Chat: Lord, allow Bob to once again hear your message.


Scraps – Good News for August 5

5 08 2009

Matthew 15:21-28

At that time Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out, “Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon.”

But he did not say a word in answer to her. His disciples came and asked him, “Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us.”

He said in reply, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

But the woman came and did him homage, saying, “Lord, help me.”

He said in reply, “It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.”

She said, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.”

Then Jesus said to her in reply, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed from that hour.

The Daily Path: Many times I don’t understand, let alone appreciate, the great earthly abundance I have in my life. Although I struggle, my position would be envied by countless others. During these difficult times I have been given a great gift. New appreciation for the small blessings that were so often overlooked before.

The same was true in my spiritual life. I didn’t know what I had… or had lost. Fortunately the master took pity on me. I wasn’t thrown a scrap from His table. Instead, He has allowed me to once again sit with Him and enjoy the full bounty of His banquet.

Room to Chat: Today Bob’s family is struggling to stay together. Perhaps you can spare some some time to pray for them. Lord, please send your grace to Bob. Help him to find his way out of the desert. Grant his family strength and remove their fear.


Uprooted – Good News for August 4

4 08 2009

Matthew 15:1-2, 10-14

Some Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They do not wash their hands when they eat a meal.”

He summoned the crowd and said to them, “Hear and understand. It is not what enters one’s mouth that defiles the man; but what comes out of the mouth is what defiles one.”

Then his disciples approached and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees took offense when they heard what you said?”

He said in reply, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. If a  blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”

Room to Chat: Lord, hold Bob close today. Let him return to what the Father had planted in him long ago. Help him to see your way again.


A Following – Good News for August 3

3 08 2009

Matthew 14:13-21

When Jesus heard of the death of John the Baptist, he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself. The crowds heard of this and followed him on foot from their towns. When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd,
his heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their sick.

When it was evening, the disciples approached him and said, “This is a deserted place and it is already late; dismiss the crowds so that they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.”

He said to them, “There is no need for them to go away; give them some food yourselves.” But they said to him, “Five loaves and two fish are all we have here.” Then he said, “Bring them here to me,” and he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass.

Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds. They all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up the fragments left over – twelve wicker baskets full. Those who ate were about five thousand men, not counting women and children.

The Daily Path: Over five thousand followed Jesus on foot to a deserted place. They carried no food for their physical sustenance… only the desire for spiritual nourishment from the Teacher. Yet, Jesus provided both. The same is true today for those who follow and believe in Him.

Room to Chat: Lord, remember Bob who is wandering the desert… searching. Help him find the way back to a seat at your banquet. Hold his family close and protect then from worry and need.


Chopping Off My Own Head – Good News for August 1

1 08 2009

Matthew 14:1-12

Herod the tetrarch heard of the reputation of Jesus and said to his servants, “This man is John the Baptist. He has been raised from the dead; that is why mighty powers are at work in him.”

Now Herod had arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, for John had said to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.” Although he wanted to kill him, he feared the people, for they regarded him as a prophet.

But at a birthday celebration for Herod, the daughter of Herodias performed a dance before the guests and delighted Herod so much that he swore to give her whatever she might ask for. Prompted by her mother, she said,
“Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.”

The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and the guests who were present, he ordered that it be given, and he had John beheaded in the prison. His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who took it to her mother. His disciples came and took away the corpse and buried him; and they went and told Jesus.

The Daily Path: How often have I allowed myself to act in ways I know to be wrong only because I feel compelled to save face in the presence of others?