Signs of Faith – Good News for March 15

15 03 2010

John 4:43-54

At that time Jesus left [Samaria] for Galilee. For Jesus himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his native place. When he came into Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, since they had seen all he had done in Jerusalem at the feast; for they themselves had gone to the feast.

Then he returned to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. Now there was a royal official whose son was ill in Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and asked him to come down and heal his son, who was near death. Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.” The royal official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” Jesus said to him, “You may go; your son will live.” The man believed what Jesus said to him and left.

While the man was on his way back, his slaves met him and told him that his boy would live. He asked them when he began to recover. They told him, “The fever left him yesterday, about one in the afternoon.” The father realized that just at that time Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live,” and he and his whole household came to believe.  Now this was the second sign Jesus did
when he came to Galilee from Judea.

The Daily Path: Like the royal official and the people of Cana, I needed a sign and wonder in my life to energize my faith. Never before experienced health problems and financial hardship were the signs sent my way. Without them, I may never have known the wonder of seeing the way to God.





Dinner Guests – Good News for February 20

20 02 2010

Luke 5:27-32

Jesus saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And leaving everything behind, he got up and followed him.

Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were at table with them. The Pharisees and their scribes complained to his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus said to them in reply, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do. I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.”

The Daily Path: That explains it! Now I know why Jesus asked me to supper.

Psst… even though it’s Lent, I’m having a second helping at His table!





Fast Forward – Good News for February 19

19 02 2010

Matthew 9:14-15

The disciples of John approached Jesus and said, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast much, but your disciples do not fast?” Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.”

The Daily Path: “Why do we have to do this if you don’t?” “Why do you do this? We don’t?”

Perhaps the questions to ask are: Am I trying to get to the same place as you? Does that road begin within?





Going For Gold – Good News for February 18

18 02 2010

Luke 9:22-25

Jesus said to his disciples, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised.”

Then he said to all, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. What profit is there for one to gain the whole world yet lose or forfeit himself?”

The Daily Path: Watching the Winter Olympic Games I’m reminded of how many athletes have dedicated their lives to their sport. Tremendous sacrifice was required just to compete in the Vancouver Games. Still more to reach medal platform, where only three will ascend. There is the difference: Jesus promises that all who sacrifice for God will win the gold medal, guaranteed.





When More is Lent – Good News for February 17

17 02 2010

Mark 6:1-6; 16-18

Jesus said to his disciples, “Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father. When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearance, so that they may appear to others to be fasting. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not appear to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”

The Daily Path: “Stan, Lent is here! Lent is here!”

“Oh, no. You again. Go away. I like my extra portions of pie for dessert.”

“Come on Stan, you get extra during Lent, not less. Extra time to focus on God.”

“Does that mean I can sleep in on Sunday morning if I dream holy thoughts all night?”

“Aaw, Stan. Don’t be so gloomy. You know what I mean. Lent really can be a time of more. Instead of thinking about pie all day, why not think about God to fill your craving?”

“You’re nuts. God doesn’t taste as good as peach pie. Besides, all we ever learned about as kids was give up this and give up that for Lent. Where is the joy in that?”

Obviously my friend Stan Doubtsall doesn’t get it. But I don’t fault him. I never liked Lent either until a friend asked me to try and incorporate a little God into each day during the season. Since I had a lot of time during my long commutes I gave it a try. As crazy as it might sound… the more conversations I had with God during the day, the more I wanted. I suddenly found myself conversing frequently during the many pauses in my day.

Friends, I’m not tooting my horn down in the temple, but I wanted to share with you how my perspective of Lent has changed. The Lenten season presents me with an opportunity to deepen my relationship with the Father. To really focus on my faith. It’s Mardi Gras in reverse. A time to find excess in God.

“Go ahead Stan, have another slice…”

Room to Chat: Father, open up the direct lines. It’s time to add more daytime calling minutes!





Have Faith And Live – Good News for March 23

23 03 2009

You may go; your son will live…

John 4:43-54

At that time Jesus left Samaria for Galilee. For Jesus himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his native place. When he came into Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, since they had seen all he had done in Jerusalem at the feast; for they themselves had gone to the feast.

Then he returned to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. Now there was a royal official whose son was ill in Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and asked him to come down and heal his son, who was near death.

Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.” The royal official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” Jesus said to him, “You may go; your son will live.” The man believed what Jesus said to him and left.

While the man was on his way back, his slaves met him and told him that his boy would live. He asked them when he began to recover. They told him, “The fever left him yesterday, about one in the afternoon.” The father realized that just at that time Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live,” and he and his whole household came to believe. Now this was the second sign Jesus did when he came to Galilee from Judea.

The Daily Path: Time and again, Jesus teaches us the lesson of faith. Reading the Gospel on a daily basis has become a vital part of my journey. It’s the constant I can depend on to nourish my own faith. On some days I need several meals. It’s as though I were the father of the dying son who approached Jesus. I’m on my way home and the Gospel is the good news being delivered that my son has been healed. Through the Gospel, Christ is talking directly to me. Today and everyday the message is the same: “Have faith in me and you will live.”

Room to Chat: This has been a difficult Lent for me as it’s not played out the way I had hoped. I failed to reach my goal of faithfully spending more quality time with God each day. I don’t believe I’ve given enough of myself in the service of Our Lord.  

The good news is that I still have time to reach out and hold Him close. Is this not the time when Jesus needed His followers most? Have you made your own plans for Holy Week? Will you join me in quietly sitting with Him in the Garden of Gethsemane?

I will stay with you, Lord, for you have rescued me.





Quiet Storm – Good News for March 3

3 03 2009

Sanctuary found!

Matthew 6:7-15

“In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“This is how you are to pray:

Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy Kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

“If you forgive men their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.”

The Daily Path: Last evening, I attended a beautiful candlelight Mass at St. Monica’s. Our pastor, Fr. Wayne Campbell, brought all the parents of this year’s First Communion class together around the altar for an intimate Eucharistic celebration. 

I watched the faces around me, lit only by the flickering candles. Each one had a most noticeable look of peace about them. A piercing inner quiet seemed to lock out all of the individual worry and chaos. (From all their distress God rescues the just) Sanctuary found!

It struck me that this is how God works. Through silence. He doesn’t shout at us in a thundering voice (although He has on occasion). Yet His voice still booms in a perfect calm, like the eye of the hurricane. As I think about it, that’s when I heard his voice calling me back home. Amidst the quiet, not the noise.

Room to Chat: We just received today’s prompt… the Lord’s Prayer.