Entry at the Gate – Good News for October 27

27 10 2010

St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 6:1-4

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother. This is the first commandment with a promise, that it may go well with you and that you may have a long life on earth. Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up with the training and instruction of the Lord.

Luke 13:22-30

Jesus passed through towns and villages, teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?” He answered them, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough. After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door, then will you stand outside knocking and saying, ‘Lord, open the door for us.’ He will say to you in reply, ‘I do not know where you are from.’ And you will say, ‘We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.’ Then he will say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from. Depart from me, all you evildoers!

And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God and you yourselves cast out. And people will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the Kingdom of God. For behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”

The Daily Path: Here’s an excerpt from a conversation overheard at the gate:

But… but… we went to church every Sunday.”

“In between?”

“You mean there was more to it than just showing up?”





Live in Love – Good News for October 26

26 10 2010

St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 5:2

Brothers and sisters,

Live in love, as Christ loved us.

 





The Dividing Line – Good News for October 21

21 10 2010

Luke 12:49-53

Jesus said to his disciples, “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three; a father will be divided against his son and a son against his father, a mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”

The Daily Path: At first glance I thought to myself “What on earth is this about? Household against household? Brother against brother?” Jesus’ lesson seems contrary to the unity that is core to so many other Gospels. But in further reflection the answer is there in my own experience.

I have found that to be a disciple of Christ I am called to make choices every day. Theses decisions often divide me from what my ego desires. Many times my choice is contrary to what my family or friends would like. Most of the time these choices surround little things. Here is where division comes into play.

Do I start my day with Christ or some pressing work? Do I go to Mass on Sunday or do I (we as a family) sleep in? Do I sacrifice going to a ball game in order to spend time with my wife who needs extra attention? Do I have the courage to tell a friend that their comments are offensive or contrary to how I have chosen to lead my life? Do I have the strength to modify my own behavior in order to live more fully in Christ?

The battle is in my heart and mind to make choices in my own life. Choices that may be unpopular. Choices that divide even my own family. Choices that disappoint all but God.

As you go through the day, see if you can consciously identify one of these choices you are being called to make. recognize a small choice that divides.

Room to Chat:

A great prayer from St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 3:14-21…

Brothers and sisters,

I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine, by the power at work within us, to him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.





Calling – Good News for October 18

18 10 2010

St. Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy 4:16-17

At my first defense no one appeared on my behalf, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them! But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the proclamation might be completed and all the Gentiles might hear it.

Luke 10:1-9

The Lord Jesus appointed seventy-two disciples whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to them, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest. Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way.

Into whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this household.’ If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you, for the laborer deserves payment. Do not move about from one house to another. Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you, cure the sick in it and say to them, ‘The Kingdom of God is at hand for you.’

The Daily Path: I am on my annual autumn retreat. Keep the lessons of the Gospel close.





What to Say – Good News for October 16

16 10 2010

Luke 12:8-12

Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others the Son of Man will acknowledge before the angels of God. But whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God.

“Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. When they take you before synagogues and before rulers and authorities, do not worry about how or what your defense will be or about what you are to say. For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you should say.”

The Daily Path: I am on my annual autumn retreat. May you share in my peace.





Warning – Good News for October 15

15 10 2010

Luke 12:1-7

At that time, so many people were crowding together that they were trampling one another underfoot. Jesus began to speak, first to his disciples, “Beware of the leaven–that is, the hypocrisy–of the Pharisees.

“There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the darkness will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed on the housetops. I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body but after that can do no more. I shall show you whom to fear. Be afraid of the one who after killing has the power to cast into Gehenna; yes, I tell you, be afraid of that one.

Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins? Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God. Even the hairs of your head have all been counted. Do not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.”

The Daily Path: I am on my annual autumn retreat. Keep the faith.





The Plotters – Good News for October 14

14 10 2010

Luke 11:47-54

The Lord said, “Woe to you who build the memorials of the prophets whom your fathers killed. Consequently, you bear witness and give consent to the deeds of your ancestors, for they killed them and you do the building. Therefore, the wisdom of God said, ‘I will send to them prophets and Apostles; some of them they will kill and persecute’ in order that this generation might be charged with the blood of all the prophets shed since the foundation of the world, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah who died between the altar and the temple building. Yes, I tell you, this generation will be charged with their blood! Woe to you, scholars of the law! You have taken away the key of knowledge. You yourselves did not enter and you stopped those trying to enter.”

When Jesus left, the scribes and Pharisees began to act with hostility toward him and to interrogate him about many things, for they were plotting to catch him at something he might say.

The Daily Path: Today is Step Back Day. It’s not a Hallmark holiday. You won’t find greeting cards to send to those you love and care about. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Today you step back and think about someone who you really don’t care for. That special someone who you perceive to have harmed you or who you feel has taken a position against you. Step back and think about this individual who you’ve put so much negative energy into. Step back and slip on your new glasses to see their position in the matter. Why have they acted against you? Or have they? Is it them? Or is it you?

Can you step back for just one day and replace the hostility with greater understanding? Can you open a window to allow some of what you feel out… to be replaced with the fresh air of greater peace? Step back today and see.