ME Second – Good News for July 17

17 07 2010

Matthew 12:14-21

The Pharisees went out and took counsel against Jesus to put him to death.

When Jesus realized this, he withdrew from that place. Many people followed him, and he cured them all, but he warned them not to make him known. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through Isaiah the prophet:

Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved in whom I delight;
I shall place my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
He will not contend or cry out, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.
A bruised reed he will not break, a smoldering wick he will not quench,
until he brings justice to victory. And in his name the Gentiles will hope.

The Daily Path: Run out of town with the threat of death hot on his heels, Jesus stops and heals all those in need. Think about that! Mercy first. ME second.





Greater Than Temple – Good News for July 16

16 07 2010

Matthew 12:1-8

Jesus was going through a field of grain on the sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick the heads of grain and eat them. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “See, your disciples are doing what is unlawful to do on the sabbath.”

He said to the them, “Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry, how he went into the house of God and ate the bread of offering, which neither he nor his companions but only the priests could lawfully eat? Or have you not read in the law that on the sabbath the priests serving in the temple violate the sabbath and are innocent?

I say to you, something greater than the temple is here. If you knew what this meant, I desire mercy, not sacrifice, you would not have condemned these innocent men. For the Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath.”

The Daily Path: Something greater than temple. Our Lord desires mercy, not sacrifice.

Mercy.

As we travel today, where will the opportunities for mercy be?





Our Script – Good News for March 1

1 03 2010

Luke 6:36-38

Jesus said to his disciples, “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

“Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.”

The Daily Path: Having a rough Monday? Follow this great script. It’s been handed down direct to you.

Room to Chat: Father, hold your faithful servant Laura Marie Smith close this week as she prepares for open heart surgery. She’s been following the script for a long time.





Lamplighters – Good News for August 28

28 08 2009

Matthew 25:1-13

Jesus told his disciples this parable, “The Kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones, when taking their lamps, brought no oil with them, but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps.

Since the bridegroom was long delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight, there was a cry, ‘Behold, the bridegroom!  Come out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil,
for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise ones replied, ‘No, for there may not be enough for us and you. Go instead to the merchants and buy some for yourselves.’

While they went off to buy it, the bridegroom came and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him. Then the door was locked. Afterwards the other virgins came and said, ‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’ But he said in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.’

Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

The Daily Path: As I believe that Jesus knows what is in my heart, I strive to keep it filled with love and compassion for Him in all things. This is not easy when facing the world we live in. The journey features hurdles around every corner. Frustration, anger, temptation and ego are never far away. As such, keeping the lamp of our hearts filled becomes more important to light the darkness in our life.

Room to Chat: Lord, help me to keep your spirit burning bright within as I face today’s challenges.

our_lady2





Seventy-Seven – Good News for August 13

13 08 2009

Matthew 18:21-19:1

Peter approached Jesus and asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?”

Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times. That is why the Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who decided to settle accounts with his servants. When he began the accounting, a debtor was brought before him who owed him a huge amount. Since he had no way of paying it back, his master ordered him to be sold, along with his wife, his children, and all his property, in payment of the debt. At that, the servant fell down, did him homage, and said, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.’ Moved with compassion the master of that servant let him go and forgave him the loan.

When that servant had left, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a much smaller amount. He seized him and started to choke him, demanding, ‘Pay back what you owe.’ Falling to his knees, his fellow servant begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’ But he refused. Instead, he had the fellow servant put in prison until he paid back the debt.

Now when his fellow servants saw what had happened, they were deeply disturbed, and went to their master and reported the whole affair. His master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to. Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant, as I had pity on you?’ Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers until he should pay back the whole debt. So will my heavenly Father do to you, unless each of you forgives his brother from his heart.”

When Jesus finished these words, he left Galilee and went to the district of Judea across the Jordan.

The Daily Path: While reflecting on this passage there came to mind so many times when I have acted in the same manner as the wicked servant. Gifts of mercy and compassion returned with something far less than what had been given to me. As I look back on the many instances of my own failing in this regard, my heart is filled with sorrow and regret. Perhaps God will grant me the time (on earth) and enough wisdom in the days ahead to atone for these transgressions by living more fully in Christ’s lessons of love.

Room to Chat: Start the day with Christ. It only takes a moment to say “Good (God) morning.”

our_lady2





Mercy, Not Sacrifice – Good News for July 17

17 07 2009

Matthew 12:1-8

Jesus was going through a field of grain on the sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick the heads of grain and eat them.

When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “See, your disciples are doing what is unlawful to do on the sabbath.” 

He said to the them, “Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry, how he went into the house of God and ate the bread of offering, which neither he nor his companions but only the priests could lawfully eat? Or have you not read in the law that on the sabbath
the priests serving in the temple violate the sabbath and are innocent?

I say to you, something greater than the temple is here. If you knew what this meant, I desire mercy, not sacrifice, you would not have condemned these innocent men. For the Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath.”

our_lady2





Doing God – Good News for March 26

26 03 2009

Why do people talk so much about God instead of doing God?

John 5:31-47

Jesus said to the Jews, “If I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is not true. But there is another who testifies on my behalf, and I know that the testimony he gives on my behalf is true. You sent emissaries to John, and he testified to the truth. I do not accept human testimony, but I say this so that you may be saved. He was a burning and shining lamp, and for a while you were content to rejoice in his light. But I have testimony greater than John’s. The works that the Father gave me to accomplish, these works that I perform testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me. Moreover, the Father who sent me has testified on my behalf. But you have never heard his voice nor seen his form, and you do not have his word remaining in you, because you do not believe in the one whom he has sent. You search the Scriptures, because you think you have eternal life through them; even they testify on my behalf. But you do not want to come to me to have life.

“I do not accept human praise; moreover, I know that you do not have the love of God in you.  I came in the name of my Father, but you do not accept me; yet if another comes in his own name, you will accept him. How can you believe, when you accept praise from one another and do not seek the praise that comes from the only God? Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father: the one who will accuse you is Moses, in whom you have placed your hope. For if you had believed Moses, you would have believed me, because he wrote about me.  But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”

The Daily Path: “I always was wondering: why people talk so much about God instead of doing something good.”

I want to thank Viktoryian for posting this comment on Good News To-Go! It’s really quite profound and gives me a real life example of what Christ is teaching. In the today’s gospel reading we find another scenario in which the Pharisees are trying to find fault with Jesus so they can get rid of him, and in doing so eliminate the threat to their positions. The Pharisees were quite good at “talking about God” but as we are shown in the gospel, failed at living God’s message… doing good (doing God) as people in their positions should have. They were too busy feeding themselves (ego).

As Viktoryian points out, we still see this today. I’m not going to throw stones at the crystal palaces of others, when in my own life I fail to “do God” in all the opportunities presented to me. We all have the chance to live a godly life. Some have the ability to live in the public eye and lead many by example. The vast majority of us live in relative obscurity, yet we have countless chances to demonstrate our faith with quiet acts love and mercy. One of the things I love about how Jesus worked is that after performing a miracle he often said, “Tell no one of this.” In other words “do God but don’t trumpet your good acts for your own benefit.”

Thank you, Viktoryian. peace

Room to Chat: Today, I’m asking for the ability to see and act on even a single opportunity to do God. Can you join me?