Daily Christ – Good News for April 8

8 04 2009

Matthew 26:14-25

One of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver, and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over.

On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples approached Jesus and said, “Where do you want us to prepare for you to eat the Passover?” He said, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The teacher says, My appointed time draws near; in your house I shall celebrate the Passover with my disciples.'”The disciples then did as Jesus had ordered, and prepared the Passover.

When it was evening, he reclined at table with the Twelve. And while they were eating, he said, “Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” Deeply distressed at this, they began to say to him one after another, “Surely it is not I, Lord?” He said in reply, “He who has dipped his hand into the dish with me is the one who will betray me. The Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed. It would be better for that man if he had never been born.”

Then Judas, his betrayer, said in reply, “Surely it is not I, Rabbi?” He answered, “You have said so.”

The Daily Path: I also want to share today’s First Reading from Isaiah (50:4-9)…

The Lord GOD has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them. Morning after morning he opens my ear that I may hear; And I have not rebelled, have not turned back. I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard; My face I did not shield from buffets and spitting.

The Lord GOD is my help, therefore I am not disgraced; I have set my face like flint, knowing that I shall not be put to shame. He is near who upholds my right; if anyone wishes to oppose me, let us appear together. Who disputes my right? Let him confront me. See, the Lord GOD is my help; who will prove me wrong?

Since I began Good News To-Go!, it has been my daily experience that God does indeed open my ear that I may hear. He’s done this morning after morning after morning after morning. Starting my day with Christ has made a remarkable difference in me. As stated previously, I’ve never before felt the sense of peace that I do now. As I told someone the other evening, I used to wake up every night filled with anxiety and in many cases anger. This poisoned my day and caused me to act in ways that were contrary to what is good (God) for me and my family. This simple shift in my daily routine has allowed Our Lord to help change all that.

I still get anxious because I’m human and life is hard, but now I have the ability to turn that worry over to God. There are still moments when I feel the rush to anger, but it no longer has a grip on me because somehow in the moment God opens my ears to what is happening. Beginning the day with God and keeping Christ close throughout has also instilled unwavering resolve to continue my spiritual journey home. It also provides courage to expose my vulnerability to others without fear of disgrace.

Having my “daily Christ” is good news, indeed! 

Room to Chat: As we pray for Michael over the remaining days until Easter, let’s also remember his family. Being a parent requires tremendous strength, courage and love even in the best of times. Lord, please continue to stand with Michael’s parents and family. Bolster their resolve to support Michael and grant them peace, unity and wisdom as they continue along their own journey. (See Room to Chat: Come Out – Good News for March 29)





Chrysler Jesus – Good News for April 1

1 04 2009

John 8:31-42

Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him, “If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How can you say, ‘You will become free’?”

Jesus answered them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin. A slave does not remain in a household forever, but a son always remains. So if the Son frees you, then you will truly be free. I know that you are descendants of Abraham. But you are trying to kill me, because my word has no room among you. I tell you what I have seen in the Father’s presence; then do what you have heard from the Father.”

They answered and said to him, “Our father is Abraham.”  Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing the works of Abraham. But now you are trying to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God; Abraham did not do this. You are doing the works of your father!” So they said to him, “We were not born of fornication. We have one Father, God.” 

Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and am here; I did not come on my own, but he sent me.”

The Daily Path: ABC News reports that a man who claimed to be Jesus was seen in San Francisco’s Tenderloin feeding the homeless from the back of a Chrysler station wagon.

Room to Chat: Lord, Michael is your son and our brother. Though he walks alone in the valley of shadow, let him know only your love. (See Room to Chat: Come Out – Good News for March 29)