Don’t Worry – Good News for April 30

30 04 2010

John 14:1-6

Jesus said to his disciples, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be. Where I am going you know the way.”

Thomas said to him, “Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?”

Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

The Daily Path: As I look for ways to deliver on God’s recent request that I “tell His stories”, I’ve decided to give Twitter a try as an additional GNTG distribution channel. The difference is that Tweets are limited to 140-characters. What this means is I now have to get right to the kernel of the message… fast.

Perhaps those of you who are among the uber-busy will find this Scripture lite approach is a better way for you to stay connected. We’ll see how it goes! You can test it out or subscribe by selecting the link below. You can also see the latest GNTG Tweets on the GNTG home page in the upper right hand corner.

“Remember, God… you asked me to figure this out! Don’t shoot the messenger until AFTER I find the best approach.”

Tell my stories





I AM! – Good News for April 29

29 04 2010

John 13:16-20

When Jesus had washed the disciples’ feet, he said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it.

I am not speaking of all of you. I know those whom I have chosen. But so that the Scripture might be fulfilled, The one who ate my food has raised his heel against me.

From now on I am telling you before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe that I AM. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.”

The Daily Path: “Come on, guys. I’ve been trying to tell you who I am. Why can’t you get it? What do I have to do??”

So Jesus picks up the phone and calls a friend on Madison Avenue.

“These cats are a little dense. I need some mass media. Yep. That’s it. Mmm… you think so? Okay. Let’s do it. Thanks.”





Science Wednesday – Good News for April 28

28 04 2010

John 12:44-50

Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me believes not only in me but also in the one who sent me, and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me. I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness. And if anyone hears my words and does not observe them, I do not condemn him, for I did not come to condemn the world but to save the world. Whoever rejects me and does not accept my words has something to judge him: the word that I spoke, it will condemn him on the last day, because I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. So what I say, I say as the Father told me.”

The Daily Path: Hey kids, it’s Science Wednesday! Today, we’re going into the lab for a little experiment. I’d like everyone to carefully open the small aluminum case in front of their workstations. Inside you’ll find a sensitive device we’ll be using today. It’s known as the Condemn-O-Meter. Carefully remove it from the foam casing and set it on the counter before you.

Everyone ready?

Let me explain how the device works and what this experiment is about. The Condemn-O-Meter will track the number of times today when you will condemn someone you come in contact with. A mechanical writer arm inside the housing will record microscopic data of these instances onto a tiny disc. When reviewed after our experiment, the recorded data will tell us when you were quick to judge a friend, or how many times you became angry at someone for their actions without understanding intent. It will register your impatience with an individual who is trying their best but couldn’t meet your expectations.

The Condemn-O-Meter also measures the frequency of times you choose to ignore the needy, another form of condemnation. In addition, this new model will provide insights on any missed opportunities you had to bring a little joy and compassion to someone struggling with the challenges before them.

Now before you strap the device onto your wrist and push the green start button, I’d like everyone to read the small inscription on the top of the meter…

I did not come to condemn the world but to save the world.





The Class of Antioch – Good News for April 27

27 04 2010

John 10:22-30

The feast of the Dedication was taking place in Jerusalem. It was winter. And Jesus walked about in the temple area on the Portico of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”

Jesus answered them, “I told you and you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify to me. But you do not believe, because you are not among my sheep. My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.”

Act of the Apostles 11:19-26

Those who had been scattered by the persecution that arose because of Stephen went as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to no one but Jews. There were some Cypriots and Cyrenians among them, however, who came to Antioch and began to speak to the Greeks as well, proclaiming the Lord Jesus. The hand of the Lord was with them and a great number who believed turned to the Lord.

The news about them reached the ears of the Church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to go to Antioch. When he arrived and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced and encouraged them all to remain faithful to the Lord in firmness of heart, for he was a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith. And a large number of people was added to the Lord.

Then he went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he had found him he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the Church and taught a large number of people, and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called Christians.

The Daily Path: Large numbers were added to the Lord from across a wide spectrum of people. Give me all people. No quotas. All are invited. Mass immigration to the Christ.





At The Table – Good News for April 26

26 04 2010

John 10:7-10

So Jesus said again, “Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”

The Daily Path: Here’s an excerpt from Acts of the Apostles (11:1-3):

The Apostles and the brothers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles too had accepted the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem the circumcised believers confronted him, saying, ‘You entered the house of uncircumcised people and ate with them.”

One of the wonderful benefits of social media platforms, like blogging, is the connectivity factor. Through my GNTG blog, I’ve been able to connect with people of faith other than Catholics. In this way I have entered their house and eaten with them. The meals we share are rich and satisfying. Some use a fork to eat their peas. Others use a spoon. Some reach for the glass of water with their left hand, while I use my right.

Regardless of how we engage in the meal as individuals, we all come to the table united in our hunger. Let’s dine together rather than alone.





A Multitude – Good News for April 25

25 04 2010

John 10:27-30

Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.”

Revelations 7:9, 14-17

I, John, had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands.

Then one of the elders said to me, “These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress; they have washed their robes
and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

“For this reason they stand before God’s throne and worship him day and night in his temple. The one who sits on the throne will shelter them. They will not hunger or thirst anymore, nor will the sun or any heat strike them. For the Lamb who is in the center of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to springs of life-giving water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

The Daily Path: It’s Sunday. Hear God’s voice and join the multitude.





Feeling His Voice – Good News for April 24

24 04 2010

John 6:60-69

Many of the disciples of Jesus who were listening said, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?” Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this, he said to them, “Does this shock you? What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the Spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe.”

Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe and the one who would betray him. And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by my Father.”

As a result of this, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer walked with him. Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?” Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe  and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.”

The Daily Path: Yesterday, I had another visit from God.

“Wahoo! Martha, come quick. The blogging crackpot is going to tell us about another one of his experiences with the Almighty. This one ought to be a doozy!”

Stan, you are correct. It was a “doozy” as you put it. It’s the third time in my life when I have felt God speak directly to me. I say felt because I do not hear His voice as we hear a bird singing outside the window. Yet He used words to reach me that were just as clear, just as audible. This is what I felt Him say to me…

“Tell my stories.”

This event occurred during Mass at Christ the Light Cathedral in Oakland. I find this interesting because the building has been much maligned for several reasons, including the high cost of construction at a time when many felt the money could be used elsewhere. I won’t enter into that debate here. I only share the venue because God chose a place to talk with me that – up until then – had seemed cold, uninviting and anything but about His light.

My response to God was “Okay. I’ll tell your stories, but you have to take care of my family.”

“Martha! You’re missing the good stuff. Now he’s making demands on God!”

Imagine that, Stan. God asks me to do something and I’m putting conditions on it. Well, not really conditions. You see, I’ll do what God asks and put my faith in Him that we will be provided for.

Once again, Saul’s journey to Damascus has come to life for me. Was it mere coincidence that yesterday’s reading was Acts 9:1-20? I don’t think so. There is no “Coincidence” page in God’s playbook. Seems more likely that I was being reminded of the second time I felt His words – the time I felt God call me by name and ask, “Why are you ignoring me?”

Friends, I share my experiences so that you might find hope along the journey. If God can pick out a flawed mess of a man like me from the crowd – pick me me up, dust me off, and set me back on the way home – imagine what He can do for you.

Keep me in your prayers as I reflect on God’s conversation with me. I think I know what He wants. Now I must open my eyes and ears fully to be aware of what unfolds before me. This is how I will come to understand the steps I am to take in doing what has been asked of me. I feel the next part of my journey is about to begin.

“Master, I go to you. You are the words of eternal life. I have come to believe  and am convinced that you are the Holy One of God.”

Room to Chat: Father, today my oldest daughter will join the banquet with your Son as she receives her First Communion. Please keep her close so that the light of Christ will always guide her way. May her heart be open to your voice within as she walks along the path.