Prophets – Good News for December 30

30 12 2009

Luke 2:36-40

There was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple, but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer. And coming forward at that very time, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.

When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions of the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

The Daily Path: With the eve of the New Year upon us, I’m borrowing a page from the prophetess Anna’s playbook by thinking about what is ahead for me in 2010. I know the next 365 days will be very different from the year that rapidly draws to an end. 2009 has been a tumultuous year for me to say the least, presenting a mixed bag of blessings and unimaginable challenges. I look back to see a period of tremendous spiritual growth and outward change. This year could be viewed as a boot camp preparing me for what is next in my life.

While the turning of a calendar page will not signal a new beginning in the eyes of God, it does provide a boundary for new hope. Like the dawn of each new day, the new year allows us to move ahead. More than ever, I see how my path is guided by God. Hopefully, I’ve learned enough in 2009 to have greater faith in His plan allowing me to remove myself from outcomes and go with His flow. I hope Luke’s gospel will in some small way reflect what transpires for me in 2010.

The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

Good News for the End of 2008

31 12 2008

John 2:18-29

Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that the antichrist was coming, so now many antichrists have appeared. Thus we know this is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not really of our number; if they had been, they would have remained with us. Their desertion shows that none of them was of our number. But you have the anointing that comes from the Holy One, and you all have knowledge. I write to you not because you do not know the truth but because you do, and because every lie is alien to the truth.

Who is the liar? Whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Whoever denies the Father and the Son, this is the antichrist. No one who denies the Son has the Father, but whoever confesses the Son has the Father as well. Let what you heard in the beginning remain in you. If what you heard from the beginning remains in you, then you will remain in the Son and the Father. And this is the promise that he made to us: eternal life.

I write you these things about those who would deceive you. As for you, the anointing that you received from him remains in you, so that you do not need anyone to teach you. But this anointing teaches you about everything and is true and not false; just as it taught you, remain in him.

And now children, remain in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not be put to shame by him at the coming. if you consider that he is righteous, you also know that everyone who acts in righteousness is begotten by him.

The Daily Path: As the final minutes of 2008 tick down, I reflect back on all that has happened this year.

On Easter Sunday I felt God’s voice calling me home and was inspired to once again practice my Catholic faith. Since that day I can honestly say that I have experienced the greatest joy even though the year has brought previously unkown hardships. God’s love and mercy have been evident everywhere. We’ve been blessed by another child due in March. Family and friends have rallied around with unimaginable generosity to help us weather the storm. Most importantly, God is holding his arms open to embrace my wife and children. There will be three baptisms in February and hopefully three more to follow. 

As I close out Good News To-Go! for this year, I pray that God will continue to touch each of you as He has “from the beginning” and that you will “remain in him”  by opening your mind and heart to His love. The little boy who wore a green parochial school sweater for so many years finally came home in 2008. Will you join me? Just give God a chance. What do you have to lose? 

My friends, may the peace and love of Christ be with you in 2009.