Advent Day 7 – Good News for December 4

4 12 2010

Matthew 9:35-10:1

Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, and curing every disease and illness. At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”

Then he summoned his Twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness.

Jesus sent out these Twelve after instructing them thus, “Go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.”

The Daily Path

“Trying to do as much good as possible in the limited time I have on this planet.”

Hugh Romney, aka:Wavy Gravy

How is that for a life mission statement?

Wavy is best known in pop culture as a member of author Ken Kesey’s Merry Pranksters from the Beat and Woodstock generations. He’s been a lifelong activist sporting a diverse resume that few can match. Some may view him as nothing more than one of the last remnants of the psychedelic hippies, a living artifact of society gone wild. I would challenge them to look beneath the colorful exterior at Gravy’s spiritual side and the deeper mission. In fact, I think Hugh Romney might have fit in nicely with a certain band of Twelve that followed the Christ.





Checklist for a Healthy Heart – Good News for February 10

10 02 2010

Mark 7:14-23

Jesus summoned the crowd again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand. Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile.”

When he got home away from the crowd his disciples questioned him about the parable. He said to them, “Are even you likewise without understanding? Do you not realize that everything that goes into a person from outside cannot defile, since it enters not the heart but the stomach and passes out into the latrine?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.)

“But what comes out of the man, that is what defiles him. From within the man, from his heart, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly. All these evils come from within and they defile.”

The Daily Path: Just look at that checklist! Too bad we can’t see the same “healthy heart” label that’s plastered on so many food products, also applied to other facets of living.

“Stan, you’re not going to buy another can of envy! Remember what your doctor said? And put those arrogance buns back on the shelf!”





The Trading Bell – Good News for February 20

20 02 2009

Mark 8:34-9:1

Jesus summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the Gospel will save it.

What profit is there for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? What could one give in exchange for his life? Whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this faithless and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

He also said to them, “Amen, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see that the Kingdom of God has come in power.

The Daily Path: This morning, Jesus spoke at the New York Stock Exchange. There was absolute silence on the trading floor… 

How would that scenario play out? Would the silence penetrate hearts? Would it be a catalyst for real change? Or would the opening bell ring and the frenzy begin again… with the words of Jesus laying crumpled on the floor under so many feet? 

The analogy of Wall Street keeps the message at arms length… but the problem is right here in my life, too. I get caught up in the world. In possessions. In the greed of ME. And don’t be fooled. You can be just as greedy living in poverty as you can dashing about the country club.

I don’t want to be ashamed of God, nor do I want God to be ashamed of me. This is why I have to keep reminders of Him in my life  throughout the day. If I don’t… the trading floor frenzy will return and replace the silence.

Room to Chat: Today might be a good day to reflect on where greed has created a wound in our life.   Lord heal these wounds and make us whole again.





Hungry Man – Good News for February 11

11 02 2009

Mark 7:14-23

Jesus summoned the crowd again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand. Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile.”

When he got home away from the crowd his disciples questioned him about the parable. He said to them, “Are even you likewise without understanding? Do you not realize that everything that goes into a person from outside cannot defile, since it enters not the heart but the stomach and passes out into the latrine?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.)

“But what comes out of the man, that is what defiles him. From within the man, from his heart, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly. All these evils come from within and they defile.”

The Daily Chat: I find myself growing increasingly hungry for a deeper understanding of the spiritual journey. The more I talk with God the hungrier I get. What once seemed so simple is gradually becoming more complex to me. Perhaps this is the weakness in me trying to once again take control of the situation. Maybe it’s normal for someone who has experienced a deep conversion. I don’t know.

One thing I clearly understand: how Jesus’ disciples felt. “Give us a break. We’re trying to understand as best we can.”

Room to Chat: Another hunger exists within me. The desire for more time to reflect. We move at hyper-speed in this country. I feel like a traveler on a Japanese bullet train trying to enjoy a glimpse of beauty just beyond my window. However, the train is traveling so fast it’s difficult to catch any detail of the surroundings. As long periods for contemplation are near impossible to find, the need for the mini-retreat becomes increasingly important to me. Moments of sanctuary to focus on God.