The True Promise – Good News for April 21

21 04 2010

John 6:35-40

Jesus said to the crowds, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst. But I told you that although you have seen me, you do not believe. Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and I will not reject anyone who comes to me, because I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me. And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day.”

The Daily Path: Earlier this week, a good friend and fellow traveler in the journey shared in confidence the struggle that he and his family are coping with. They are experiencing pain that I pray I never have to feel in my own life. As he described the circumstances, I was vividly reminded that man will let us down, but God won’t.

More and more I’m allowed to witness our inherent weakness. Even those closest to us will ultimately fail to provide what we need. Often the trust we place in them will be betrayed. Jesus experienced this time and again with those he deeply loved in his time of earth. I guess we shouldn’t be surprised when this happens to us. However, we should put our faith in the one true promise, the real hope, that God provides each of us in His Son.

Everyone and everything else will fail in time, but I believe in God’s promise, that through His Son, I will find eternal life at the end of my journey. Of this I am certain… He will not let me down.

Room to Chat: Father, there is one among us who needs the Spirit to deal with the challenges he currently faces on earth. Some whom he has looked to in this life have let him down. Bring Your grace to life in this man and his family so they may find hope in Your truth and strength in the promise of Your Son, Jesus, the Christ. At the same time, may they also find the power of forgiveness, just as Jesus demonstrated when those He loved on earth let Him down.





Risen Christ – Good News for April 13

13 04 2010

John 3:7-15

Jesus said to Nicodemus, “‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Nicodemus answered and said to him, ‘How can this happen?”

Jesus answered and said to him, “You are the teacher of Israel and you do not understand this? Amen, amen, I say to you, we speak of what we know and we testify to what we have seen, but you people do not accept our testimony. If I tell you about earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has gone up to heaven except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”

The Daily Path: Here’s a question for you, old Nic: Have you put your faith in both Jesus and the risen Christ, or are you stuck in earthly Jesus?





In The Bucket – Good News for July 30

30 07 2009

Matthew 13:47-51

Jesus said to the disciples, “The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind. When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets. What is bad they throw away. Thus it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”

The Daily Path: I know that one day, maybe even today, I’ll be called before God for a final performance review. When that time comes, my life will be judged. it will either be the bucket of eternal life or the scrap heap.

I spent many years in the shadows. Too many for my redemption? That’s up to God. But I believe in Christ’s promise of eternal life with Him. I believe in His promise of forgiveness. As I accept Christ’s promise and teachings, I must also accept responsibility to recognize where I fall short and continually strive to do better.

Everyday a new opportunity exists to draw closer to God. I hope that in the hour when I am called to stand before God it will be in the midst of doing what Our Lord has asked of me. I’d like to have at least a foot in the bucket.

Room to Chat: Lord, help me to see my shortcomings today and everyday so that I might learn to do better in living the life You have asked of me.

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Walk With Him – Good News for May 2

2 05 2009

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: Friends, I’m sorry to have posted today’s GNTG so late in the day. Here’s why I’m late…

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This morning, my son Donovan joined our Lord at the Eucharistic table for the first time. Alleluia!

Room to Chat: How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me? (Psalms 116:12) That’s easy… I shall remain your servant and walk with You.





THE Promise – Good News for April 29

29 04 2009

John 6:35-40

Jesus said to the crowds, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst. But I told you that although you have seen me, you do not believe. Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and I will not reject anyone who comes to me, because I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me.

And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day.”

The Daily Path: Here’s the iron clad promise straight from Christ:

“I will not reject anyone who comes to me. Everyone who believes in me may have eternal life.”

This has been a particularly challenging week for me. It’s only Wednesday but it feels like a month of Fridays compressed into the past 48 hours. I share this because today’s gospel arrived right on schedule… at a time when I desperately needed to close my ears to all the noise and just focus on THE one true promise.

Jesus is the bakeryman. His bread is what sustains me.

Room to Chat: Father in heaven, you are the greatest. Please find it in your heart to forgive all my screw ups and give me what I need. Shower me with the grace to forgive and keep you first in my heart.