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.

Must Read Sunday – Good News for March 1

1 03 2009

Give me back the joy…

Psalms 51:3-4, 12-15

Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness; in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense. Thoroughly wash me from my guilt and of my sin cleanse me.

A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me. Cast me not out from your presence, and your Holy Spirit take not from me.

Give me back the joy of your salvation, and a willing spirit sustain in me. I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners shall return to you. 

Hebrews 5:7-9

In the days when Christ Jesus was in the flesh, he offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears  to the one who was able to save him from death,  and he was heard because of his reverence. Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered; and when he was made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.

John 12:20-33

Some Greeks who had come to worship at the Passover Feast came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we would like to see Jesus. “Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus.

Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be. The Father will honor whoever serves me.

“I am troubled now. Yet what should I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But it was for this purpose that I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name.”

Then a voice came from heaven,  “I have glorified it and will glorify it again.” The crowd there heard it and said it was thunder;  but others said, “An angel has spoken to him.”

Jesus answered and said, “This voice did not come for my sake but for yours. Now is the time of judgment on this world;  now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.” He said this indicating the kind of death he would die.

The Daily Path: I can hear ol’ Stan Doubtsall now… “See Marge? I was right! This sneaky guy is going to make us read volumes of Scripture. I don’t have time for that.”

I’m sorry, Stan. You’re correct. This IS more Good News than normal, but each one of these passages is so rich. I’ll make you a deal. If you will just read what is offered today I won’t say anything else. 


The Morning After – Good News for February 15

15 02 2009

1 Corinthians 10:31

Brothers and sisters, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God. Avoid giving offense, whether to the Jews or Greeks or  the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in every way, not seeking my own benefit but that of the many, that they may be saved. Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

Today’s Responsorial

I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation.

The Daily Path: Today’s second reading and responsorial are timely on the morning after celebrating Valentine’s Day.  Yesterday there were many acts of love and affection. And yes, lustful passion, but that’s another story. Here in North America, billions of dollars were spent on flowers, candy, gifts, dinners, greeting cards and little paper valentines. All to express joyful feelings towards another person.  

This morning countless people will get up and continue their lives as though nothing of significance had occurred just hours before. The paper valentines will be in the recycle bin (I hope), their sentiments now a shadow. Wrappers from decadent candies become a glaring reminder of the blown diet. Some may wish they hadn’t participated in the amorous adventures of the previous evening and now find themselves looking for a quick get away. There my friends is the point… why do we retreat so quickly from a day, even a moment,  focused on expressing love?

The Gospel over the past weeks has told of the crowds who rushed to Jesus every moment as He healed the sick, performing miraculous acts of love and mercy. Have you ever stopped to wonder what they all did the next day? Perhaps they beat a path back to wherever as if nothing had occurred. Or maybe the rapture of witnessing Christ passed from them like so many chocolate-covered strawberries shared by two lovers? 

What if we declared that everyday were Valentine’s Day! 365 spent imitating Christ by routinely expressing our love for others? Making love to God as a daily occurrence. Perhaps the responsorial should be: 

I turn to you, Lord, each day, and you fill me with joy.

Room to Chat: Let passionate thoughts of God turn you on.