The Pleasing-God-O-Meter – Good News for March 31

31 03 2009

I wish I had a Pleasing-God-O-Meter…

John 8:21-30

Jesus said to the Pharisees, “I am going away and you will look for me, but you will die in your sin. Where I am going you cannot come.” So the Jews said, “He is not going to kill himself, is he, because he said, ‘Where I am going you cannot come’?”

He said to them, “You belong to what is below, I belong to what is above. You belong to this world, but I do not belong to this world. That is why I told you that you will die in your sins. For if you do not believe that I AM, you will die in your sins.” So they said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “What I told you from the beginning. I have much to say about you in condemnation. But the one who sent me is true, and what I heard from him I tell the world.” 

They did not realize that he was speaking to them of the Father. So Jesus said to them, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I am, and that I do nothing on my own, but I say only what the Father taught me. The one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, because I always do what is pleasing to him.” Because he spoke this way, many came to believe in him.

The Daily Path: Let’s break it down. Live in a way that is pleasing to God and we will not be alone, instead He will be with us. Seems that Jesus teaching is pretty simple. If only I had a Pleasing-God-O-Meter that sounded an alarm in my head when I’m about top act in a manner that is NOT pleasing to God.

What’s that you say? I do? My ubiquitous Catholic guilt?

Very funny. I want bells and whistles. On second thought, I might end up like Quasimodo from all that ringing. “The bells! The bells!”

Room to Chat: O LORD, hear our prayer for Michael, and let our cry come to you. Hide not your face from Michael in his days of distress. Incline your ear to him; in the day and night when he calls, answer him speedily. (Today’s novena prayer interpreted from Psalms 102:2)