An Advent Request – Good News for December 14

14 12 2010

Matthew 21:28-32

Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people, “What is your opinion? A man had two sons. He came to the first and said, ‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’ The son said in reply, ‘I will not,’ but afterwards he changed his mind and went. The man came to the other son and gave the same order. He said in reply, ‘Yes, sir,’ but did not go. Which of the two did his father’s will?”

They answered, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the Kingdom of God before you. When John came to you in the way of righteousness, you did not believe him; but tax collectors and prostitutes did. Yet even when you saw that, you did not later change your minds and believe him.”

The Daily Path: On this day in Advent I’d like to ask each of you to pray for a member of our spiritual fellowship. He and his family are in a great deal of pain following the tragic death of his sister. Tracy has left this world. Her pain on earth has ended. Let us ask God to wrap her in his promise of infinite love and forgiveness. And we ask for His grace to flow through our brother Geoff in these trying days so that he may be a pillar of strength for the family.

If there is someone in your own life who is in pain… go to them. Be the light.

Advent Day 15 – Good News for December 12

12 12 2010

Matthew 11:2-11

When John the Baptist heard in prison of the works of the Christ, he sent his disciples to Jesus with this question, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” Jesus said to them in reply, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them. And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.”

As they were going off, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John, “What did you go out to the desert to see? A reed swayed by the wind? Then what did you go out to see? Someone dressed in fine clothing? Those who wear fine clothing are in royal palaces. Then why did you go out? To see a prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written:

Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way before you.

Amen, I say to you, among those born of women there has been none greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”

The Daily Path: I credit Our Lady of Guadalupe for the miracle that led me back to her son. Mary is the ultimate intervenor on our behalf. What son can refuse his mother? If you are in doubt, troubled, or in pain, seek her out. She may ask something of you, but I know from my own experience that the Lady keeps her word.

Early on the morning of December 9, 1531, (the Feast of the Immaculate Conception), near Mexico City, a peasant Juan Diego saw a vision of a young girl of fifteen or sixteen, surrounded by light, on the slopes of the Hill of Tepeyac. Speaking in the local language, Nahuatl, the Lady asked for a church to be built at that site in her honor, and from her words Juan Diego recognized her as the Virgin Mary. Diego told his story to the Spanish bishop, Fray Juan de Zumarraga, who instructed him to return and ask the Lady for a miraculous sign to prove her claim. The Virgin told Juan Diego to gather some flowers from the top of Tepeyac Hill. It was winter and no flowers bloomed, but on the hilltop Diego found flowers of every sort, and the Virgin herself arranged them in his peasant cloak. When Juan Diego opened the cloak before Zumárraga on December 12, the flowers fell to the floor, and in their place was the Virgin of Guadalupe, miraculously imprinted on the fabric.

The words spoken by Our Lady to Juan Diego on this day in 1531: Do not be troubled or weighed down with grief. Do not fear any illness or vexation, anxiety or pain. Am I not here who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not the fountain of life? Are you not in the folds of my mantle? In the crossing of my arms? Is there anything else you need?

Sinwatch – Good News for November 8

8 11 2010

Luke 17:1-6

Jesus said to his disciples, “Things that cause sin will inevitably occur, but woe to the one through whom they occur. It would be better for him if a millstone were put around his neck and he be thrown into the sea than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he wrongs you seven times in one day and returns to you seven times saying, ‘I am sorry,’ you should forgive him.”

And the Apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” The Lord replied, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”

The Daily Path: Have I caused someone to sin or sinned against another?

When reading this passage I tend to think about BIG SIN instead of little sin. However, it strikes me that causing or bringing about “little sin” may be more prevalent than I’m even aware of. And in the scheme of things is a sin a sin or is there truly magnitude of sin? Murder/molestation vs lie/cheat? Perhaps this is another reason that Jesus reminds us to be on guard. Not just projecting onto others, but starting with ourselves.

Our Mothers – Good News for May 9

9 05 2010

John 14:23-29

Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me.

“I have told you this while I am with you. The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. You heard me tell you, ‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father; for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe.”

The Daily Path: Today is Sunday and Mother’s Day. Let’s honor our Father today by holding close all those who He has called to provide a mother’s love to us in this life.

To all my Moms – I love you!

House Mother – Good News for December 12

12 12 2009

John 19:26-27: Jesus then saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby. He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” From that hour the disciple took her into his own household.

The Daily Path: Who first nourished you at birth? Who fixed your bloody knee after you fell off your bike? Who “reminded” you to brush your teeth and take a bath? Who made sure you looked your best when you were presented in public? Most likely your mother.

Who watches over all her children in the Americas and around the world?

Regular readers of Good News to Go! have probably noted that for many months I have included a small icon of Mary on my daily posts. With the exception of Advent, when I post an image of Mother and Child, the image is of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Today is her Feast Day.

Last year I told of my own relationship with the Blessed Mother and devotion to Our Lady. I believe that, like my own mother on earth, she has lovingly watched over me for fifty years. It’s my hope that others will also look to the Mother of Jesus for love and support in their own lives. Take her into your own household.

Room to Chat: Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with you. You are blessed among all women. Blessed is your Son, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for this sinner, now and at the hour of my death.

Good News for July 16

16 07 2009

Matthew 11:28-30

Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”


Good News for July 15

15 07 2009

Matthew 11:25-27

At that time Jesus exclaimed, “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”