A Cleansing – Good News for January 14

14 01 2010

Mark 1:40-45

A leper came to him and kneeling down begged him and said, “If you wish, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched the leper, and said to him, “I do will it. Be made clean.”

The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean. Then, warning him sternly, he dismissed him at once. Then he said to him, “See that you tell no one anything, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.”

The man went away and began to publicize the whole matter. He spread the report abroad so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly. He remained outside in deserted places, and people kept coming to him from everywhere.

Room to Chat: Keep all who are suffering as a result of the earthquake in Haiti close within your thoughts and prayers. May the rescue workers find infinite strength and courage in the hours ahead. From this darkness a great light may come to shine on a troubled land.





Withdraw To Advance – Good News for January 8

8 01 2010

Luke 5:12-16

It happened that there was a man full of leprosy in one of the towns where Jesus was; and when he saw Jesus, he fell prostrate, pleaded with him, and said, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.”

Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I do will it.  Be made clean.” And the leprosy left him immediately. Then he ordered him not to tell anyone, but “Go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.”

The report about him spread all the more, and great crowds assembled to listen to him and to be cured of their ailments, but he would withdraw to deserted places to pray.

The Daily Path: I have found that finding opportunities to withdraw from the day-to-day madness is vital to my health and well-being. By withdrawal I don’t mean hiding in the garage. Sure, it’s good to have joyful diversions in life, but in this instance I’m referring to setting aside time to talk with God.

Luke tells us of Jesus going off to a deserted place away from the crowds for periods of prayer. We can only imagine how many he cured and, although Christ could do all things in the Father, there are many accounts that seemingly point to the toll it took on Him. He must have been tired in some way. We don’t read of Jesus going off to a soft bed for a two-day siesta. No, he recharges his spirit through prayer with His Father.

It’s my experience that prayer has amazing therapeutic powers. My conversations with God provide peace to a troubled mind and heart. They also boost my energy level, giving strength to move ahead. Long-time readers of GNTG know what a difference prayer has made in my day-to-day and long-term living. Find time to withdraw and talk with God, even if only for a few moments, even if only within your mind. I know that doing so will provide great peace to help you get through the day.

But don’t believe me… give it a shot and see for yourself.

Room to Chat: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever possesses the Son has life; whoever does not possess the Son of God does not have life. (John 5:11-12)





Thank You – Good News for November 26

26 11 2009

Luke 17:11-19

As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee. As he was entering a village, ten persons with leprosy met him. They stood at a distance from him and raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!” And when he saw them, he said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” As they were going they were cleansed.

And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. He was a Samaritan.

Jesus said in reply, “Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” Then he said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.”

The Daily Path: I have been blessed each and every day over the past year. Though I may not always recognize His grace amid the “living” and surviving, I know that God continues to reach out to me.

Room to Chat: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give Him thanks and praise.





Cleansing – Good News for June 26

26 06 2009

Matthew 8:1-4

When Jesus came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. And then a leper approached, did him homage, and said, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.” He stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I will do it.  Be made clean.” His leprosy was cleansed immediately.

Then Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one, but go show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.”

The Daily Path: We all have a little leprosy in our life. Some cases are worse than others. I’m no exception. I also believe that God can provide the healing we need.

When God does heal us, should we buy a bird for sacrifice and then shave our heads as was prescribed by Moses? No, not in this age. But I would guess that offering something up to God in thanks and recognition of His act would be a modern version of the gift that Moses called for. (NOTE: See Leviticus 14:2-32 for gift details)





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.





Show Yourself – Good News for January 9

9 01 2009

Luke 5:12-16

It happened that there was a man full of leprosy in one of the towns where Jesus was; and when he saw Jesus, he fell prostrate, pleaded with him, and said, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.” Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I do will it. Be made clean.” And the leprosy left him immediately. Then he ordered him not to tell anyone, but “Go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.” 

The report about him spread all the more, and great crowds assembled to listen to him and to be cured of their ailments, but he would withdraw to deserted places to pray.

The Daily Path: Do you have the opportunity to give witness to what God has done for you? I’ve chosen blogging as my witness platform, as have a couple million other people. That’s just one way and there are any number of others, such as these:

Attend your church on a regular basis. Talk about God with your kids (as challenging as that may be). Give back to your community and those in need. Help out at a shelter for drug addicts and prostitutes. Care for a child who’s parents can’t. Give encouragement. Perform random acts of kindness. All of these, and many more, are ways to “show yourself and give proof.”

Room to Chat: Jesus would withdraw to deserted places to pray. If your workplace is a hive of activity it may be a challenge to find a deserted place, but there is a quiet place you can access anytime. Quiet your mind for an instant to simply say “Lord, thank you for providing this job.”