His Roster – Good News for July 8

8 07 2009

Matthew 10:1-7

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

The names of the Twelve Apostles are these: first, Simon called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus; Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus.

Jesus sent out these Twelve after instructing them thus, “Do not go into pagan territory or enter a Samaritan town. Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.'”

The Daily Path: I’d like to think that we are called to be on the team. We have no authority over unclean spirits or power to heal, but we can point those in need to where that power does exist: Christ.

Room to Chat: Lord, you hear our prayers. I know this to be true as you send grace to bolster us in time of great need. My boat may be in a storm but I see you are watching over me and others like me who call you Lord. Thank you Blessed Mother for hearing my prayer. 

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Travel Log – Good News for January 23

23 01 2009

Mark 3:13-19

Jesus went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted and they came to him. He appointed Twelve, whom he also named Apostles, that they might be with him and he might send them forth to preach  and to have authority to drive out demons. 

He appointed the Twelve:
Simon, whom he named Peter; 
James, son of Zebedee, 
and John the brother of James, whom he named Boanerges, that is, sons of thunder;
Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew,
Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus; 
Thaddeus, Simon the Cananean,
and Judas Iscariot who betrayed him.

The Daily Path: The Apostles had a difficult road ahead of them when they answered Jesus’ call to follow. Persecution. Horrible deaths for some. The Gospel provides glimpses of the anxiety they experienced, even during the time they spent with Jesus, as the Twelve sometimes struggled to grasp what Christ was teaching them.

I can only assume they found comfort in fellowship with the other Apostles. My own journey has shown that comfort and joy can be found when sharing the experience with others. Relationships, parenting, career, education, personal interests and our faith all bring challenging moments. Especially faith. They also bring opportunities to find other travelers.  

I’ve been fortunate. God continues to bring people into my life, seemingly with each step I take, who bring encouragement, wisdom, fellowship, joy and love. 

Who has God brought into your travels? Take a good look. You might be surprised to find fellowship in the most unexpected places.

Room to Chat: I think looking for God’s presence all around us is a form of prayer. Seems to me that it helps keep God in mind throughout the day. Can you hear church bells above the noise as you walk down the street? Do you recognize a church steeple, cathedral, mosque, synagogue or other place of worship as you drive along the urban highway? Even watching a Japanese sci-fi film, like Mothra, can bring an opportunity for this form of prayer. Yes, I said Mothra!