Every Day A Birthday – Good News for April 20

20 04 2009

John 3:1-8

There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. He came to Jesus at night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one can do these signs that you are doing unless God is with him.”

Jesus answered and said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless one is born from above, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.”  Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man once grown old be born again? Surely he cannot reenter his mother’s womb and be born again, can he?”

Jesus answered, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless one is born of water and Spirit
he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. What is born of flesh is flesh and what is born of spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I told you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

The Daily Path: “How can a man once grown old be born again?”

Nicodemus asks a question that I think so many want an answer to. Even some who have been reborn yet seem to have lost the Spirit. As I consider my own journey I understand that to be reborn is not a one-off event, rather re-birth means embracing the Lord with each new day. These are troubled times and it’s easy to get discouraged (grow old). Stay young (have faith) in Jesus. Re-enter the womb through renewal in the Spirit each day.

Room to Chat: Every day a re-birth day!

Testimony – Good News for January 3

3 01 2009

John 1:29-34

John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. He is the one of whom I said, ‘A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.’ I did not know him, but the reason why I came baptizing with water was that he might be made known to Israel.”

John testified further, saying, “I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from the sky and remain upon him. I did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘On whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain, he is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God.”

Daily Path: All I can add is this…

I do believe that Jesus removes our sin and shows us the way to our Father in Heaven. I’m happier for listening to His message and accepting it. (Happy are those that are called to His supper) I also look back to see a lot of other people far more worthy than me to have received His call of renewal. But I also believe that God has had a plan for me all along, as he does for everyone. And by accepting this call of renewal and bringing Him into my life, I’ll be healed of my shortcomings and everything that can, and will, drag me down in this life. 

He is the Son of God.

Room to Chat: Yesterday, I chatted with God during a time out while watching the Liberty Bowl on television. (No, I wasn’t praying for either Kentucky or East Carolina! If anything I would have prayed for implementation of a BCS playoff in 2009.) Hmm. Do I watch a TV commercial that I’ve seen a hundred times, or say a quick prayer? I’ll gladly opt for the prayer.

Blubbering Man – Good News for January 2

2 01 2009

Psalms 98:3

All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.

The Daily Path: Anyone who has read Good News To-Go! over the past months will understand that I have come to find great comfort in God. I’ve experienced some wonderful moments in prayer and have been especially touched at Mass. While I never stopped having conversations with God, I viewed going to Mass as an obligation that I did not necessarily  enjoy fulfilling. Yesterday’s Mass demonstrated how much my perspective has changed.  

Almost from the moment I knelt down in the pew to prepare my mind and open my heart before the start of Mass, I was moved with great emotion. I suddenly felt Christ’s love all around me. Something that I can only describe as an incredible swell of joy overcame me. To someone who has not experienced this before, you might think that I’m just a whack-o. I assure you I’m not. As I fought back the tears people around me may have wondered what was the matter. I think I was wondering myself. 

During his sermon, our pastor shared something that I found to be quite profound. It really applies to me and what I was experiencing yesterday and throughout my renewal. His point was this, Mary didn’t fully understand everything that was happening in the time surrounding the conception and birth of Jesus. The gospel of Luke 2:19 reads: “And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.” Like Mary, I don’t fully understand how and why God is working in me. But I accept that He is and trust in Him. I know that my conversations with God and Mass make me joyful and I believe that joy is a true sign of God’s presence… the saving presence that we are all called to witness.

The next time you see the blubbering man in church, don’t be alarmed. He may just be feeling the joy.

Room to Chat: If you still read a morning newspaper in print, why not say an Our Father as you walk outside on your way to pick it up?