Forgotten Bread – Good News for February 16

16 02 2010

Mark 8:14-21

The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. Jesus enjoined them, “Watch out, guard against the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” They concluded among themselves that it was because they had no bread.

When he became aware of this he said to them, “Why do you conclude that it is because you have no bread? Do you not yet understand or comprehend? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes and not see, ears and not hear? And do you not remember, when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many wicker baskets full of fragments you picked up?” They answered him, “Twelve.”

“When I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many full baskets of fragments did you pick up?” They answered him, “Seven.”

He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”

The Daily Path: Do I forget? Can I understand?





Taking Flight – Good News for December 28

28 12 2009

Matthew 2:13-18

When the magi had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.”

Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt. He stayed there until the death of Herod, that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled, Out of Egypt I called my son.

When Herod realized that he had been deceived by the magi, he became furious. He ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had ascertained from the magi. Then was fulfilled what had been said through Jeremiah the prophet:

A voice was heard in Ramah, sobbing and loud lamentation; Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be consoled, since they were no more.





Uh, Can You Repeat That Again? -Good News for February 17

17 02 2009

Mark 8:14-21

The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. Jesus enjoined them, “Watch out, guard against the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” 

They concluded among themselves that it was because they had no bread. When he became aware of this he said to them, “Why do you conclude that it is because you have no bread? Do you not yet understand or comprehend? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes and not see, ears and not hear? And do you not remember, when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many wicker baskets full of fragments you picked up?”

They answered him, “Twelve.”

“When I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many full baskets of fragments did you pick up?”

They answered him, “Seven.”

He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”

The Daily Path: I would have made a good Apostle because  I don’t always get the lessons the first time, nor do I retain them for as long as Jesus would like. In some cases, even his own Mother, the blessed Mary, didn’t fully understand. At least I’m in good company. 

Room to Chat: Here in Northern California we’ve had our prayers answered as the clouds have opened up with a lot of rain over the past week. Thank you God!! Here’s something I’ve discovered… talking to God with the sound of  rain falling in the background is a pretty cool spiritual experience.  





Finding A Withered Hand – Good News for January 21

21 01 2009

Mark 3:1-6

Jesus entered the synagogue. There was a man there who had a withered hand. They watched Jesus closely to see if he would cure him on the sabbath so that they might accuse him.

He said to the man with the withered hand, “Come up here before us.” Then he said to the Pharisees, “Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?”

But they remained silent. Looking around at them with anger and grieved at their hardness of heart, Jesus said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out and his hand was restored.

The Pharisees went out and immediately took counsel with the Herodians against him to put him to death.

The Daily Path: A bad time to do good? Little chance of that in this day and age. However, the internal Pharisee in all of us will scream out: “It’s an inconvenient time to do good!”

Look down at your own hand or your leg. Imagine that it’s withered. Would now be a convenient time to take action to heal it?

The only “sin” in sharing our love and mercy is if we find it inconvenient to do so. Make time to find your own withered hand in someone else. 

Room to Chat: When the corporate meeting you’re participating in starts to sound like this:  “Blah. Blah. Blah, Blah. Blah.” Take your cue. Refresh the spirit with a silent prayer.