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.





Reconciliation Day – Good News for June 10

10 06 2010

Matthew 5:20-26

Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven.

“You have heard that it was said to your ancestors,

You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.

But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, ‘Raqa,’ will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna.

Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court with him. Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge, and the judge will hand you over to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison.

Amen, I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.”

The Daily Path: Do you think about making up with someone with whom you’ve had a falling out? I do. The problem is actually doing it. Maybe it would easier to get the ball rolling if we designated a World Reconciliation Day and see what happens. Hmmm… time for a Google.

Well guess what I found? There is actually such a thing as Reconciliation Day. It’s on October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi – patron saint of human relations. Here’s a link to the Reconciliation Day website:

Reconciliation Day – October 4

Looks like this was started as a project of the Interfaith Forum of Columbus, Indiana. Leave it to those Hoosiers!

Friends, lets keep this day in mind.






Reconciliation – Good News for February 26

26 02 2010

Matthew 5:20-26

Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees,
you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven.

“You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment. But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, Raqa, will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna. Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court. Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge, and the judge will hand you over to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Amen, I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.”

The Daily Path: This is not an easy one to follow. There are some in my life who I continue to struggle with. I choose to ignore these people, but that isn’t what is being asked of me. Even with Jesus’ words right there staring me in the face… reconciliation is not yet in my heart.





You Fool – Good News for June 10

10 06 2009

Matthew 5:20-26

Jesus said to his disciples,  “I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven.

“You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment. But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, Raqa, will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna. Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court with him. Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge, and the judge will hand you over to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Amen, I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.”

The Daily Path: While reading today’s passage it occurred to me that while I continue struggle with anger harbored against a few in my life, there may be many people who still harbor anger towards me for a lifetime of transgressions. I never killed anyone, but I know I caused harm. Perhaps enough harm to kill something inside of them. Self esteem. Creativity. Confidence. Love.

I wish a voice inside of me had called out “You fool! Look at the damage you’re causing in this person’s life!” Perhaps as I reflect on the cause of my own shortfalls I will in turn be able to overcome the anger in my heart. And in doing so, perhaps those who still harbor anger towards me will be granted the grace of peace and find it in their heart to forgive me.

Room to Chat: Let’s not forget that Christ is there with us every moment of every day. Perhaps remembering that will help us overcome the anger and replace it with compassion.





The Pardoner – Good News for March 6

6 03 2009

It is in the pardoning that we are pardoned…

Matthew 5:20-26

Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven.

“You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment. But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, Raqa, will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna

Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court. Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge, and the judge will hand you over to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison.

Amen, I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.”

The Daily Path: Yesterday, I heard a quote from St. Francis of Assisi that inspired me to dig a little deeper into the wisdom of this most holy man. In doing so I found another quote that brought today’s gospel home to me in the simplest terms. Francis said:

“It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.”

I know it’s not easy. I really struggle with this. Some wounds are deep. Some can remain with us most of our life even though we don’t realize it. Like a physical wound, these injuries develop so much scar tissue that they eventually limit your range of motion. The only way to regain your freedom is to break free of this tissue. That’s the hard part. 

I think I’ll put pen to paper and craft a list of all my wounds. I’ll include a column of those people who I feel have hurt me. When finished I’ll carefully fold the paper. As I do so, I’ll ask Christ to help me break free from the scars listed on my paper. Then I’ll  tear the paper into little bits and dump them in the recycle bin… so they can leave me and ultimately be transformed into something good. 

I probably have a lot of pardoning to do. Our recycle company may be busy for some time!

Room to Chat: Here is a cue for today:  when you feel anger, driven by hurt, try to let it go. Just cast it out like week old garbage to be picked up by God’s big green truck and hauled away.