Fool’s Gold – Good News for August 23

23 08 2010

Matthew 23:13-22

Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You lock the Kingdom of heaven before men. You do not enter yourselves, nor do you allow entrance to those trying to enter.

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You traverse sea and land to make one convert, and when that happens you make him a child of Gehenna twice as much as yourselves.

“Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘If one swears by the temple, it means nothing, but if one swears by the gold of the temple, one is obligated.’

Blind fools, which is greater, the gold, or the temple that made the gold sacred? And you say, ‘If one swears by the altar, it means nothing, but if one swears by the gift on the altar, one is obligated.’ You blind ones, which is greater, the gift,
or the altar that makes the gift sacred? One who swears by the altar swears by it and all that is upon it; one who swears by the temple swears by it and by him who dwells in it; one who swears by heaven swears by the throne of God
and by him who is seated on it.”

Exalted Pie – Good News for August 21

21 08 2010

Matthew 23:1-12

Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses. Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens hard to carry and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they will not lift a finger to move them. All their works are performed to be seen. They widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels. They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues, greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation ‘Rabbi.’

As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’ You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers. Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven. Do not be called ‘Master’; you have but one master, the Christ. The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

The Daily Path: Where do you stand?

Awestruck – Good News for July 1

1 07 2010

Matthew 9:1-8

After entering a boat, Jesus made the crossing, and came into his own town. And there people brought to him a paralytic lying on a stretcher. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Courage, child, your sins are forgiven.”

At that, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.”

Jesus knew what they were thinking, and said, “Why do you harbor evil thoughts?
Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”— he then said to the paralytic, “Rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home.” He rose and went home.

When the crowds saw this they were struck with awe and glorified God who had given such authority to men.

The Daily Path: When we rise up from our stretchers, do we remember to glorify God the source of our healing? Or do we simply remain awestruck by the course of events?

Joy From Heaven – Good News for June 11

11 06 2010

Luke 15:3-7

Jesus addressed this parable to the Pharisees and scribes, “What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it?

And when he does find it, he sets it on his shoulders with great joy and, upon his arrival home, he calls together his friends and neighbors and says to them,’Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’

I tell you, in just the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.”

The Daily Path: I was hoisted on Jesus shoulders when I accepted his invitation to return home. “Hoisted” in the sense that I felt great joy and an intense desire to draw closer to God. Others have shared with me that they had a very similar experience when they opened their hearts to God and returned to faith. I suspect that the overwhelming joy I felt was direct from the joy in heaven that Jesus speaks of in this passage.

Reconciliation Day – Good News for June 10

10 06 2010

Matthew 5:20-26

Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven.

“You have heard that it was said to your ancestors,

You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.

But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, ‘Raqa,’ will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna.

Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court with him. Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge, and the judge will hand you over to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison.

Amen, I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.”

The Daily Path: Do you think about making up with someone with whom you’ve had a falling out? I do. The problem is actually doing it. Maybe it would easier to get the ball rolling if we designated a World Reconciliation Day and see what happens. Hmmm… time for a Google.

Well guess what I found? There is actually such a thing as Reconciliation Day. It’s on October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi – patron saint of human relations. Here’s a link to the Reconciliation Day website:

Reconciliation Day – October 4

Looks like this was started as a project of the Interfaith Forum of Columbus, Indiana. Leave it to those Hoosiers!

Friends, lets keep this day in mind.

With Understanding – Good News for June 3

4 06 2010

Mark 12:28-34

One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him, “Which is the first of all the commandments?”

Jesus replied, “The first is this: Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind,and with all your strength.

The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

There is no other commandment greater than these.”

The scribe said to him, “Well said, teacher. You are right in saying, He is One and there is no other than he. And to love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

And when Jesus saw that he answered with understanding, he said to him, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.”

And no one dared to ask him any more questions.

The Daily Path: My apologies for missing yesterday’s GNTG posting. A very dear friend passed away on Wednesday evening… my trusty computer. The old Apple G5 left me to go to the Infinite Loop in the sky when its mother board died. I’ll miss it.

This was the computer that accompanied me during the first steps in my spiritual journey. It was in the wee hours of the morning when I couldn’t sleep, filled my anxiety and rage, that I first used it to read Scripture passages that I found online. Ultimately it was with the G5 that I started GNTG over 500 posts ago.

Ancient scribes used papyrus. Someday this technology will seem as obsolete as paper made of reeds, but one thing will endure… the Good News.

So long old friend. Thank you for helping me along the path. It will be some time before I can afford to replace you with a shiny new iMac, so for now, your towering remains can stay here at my desk and continue to look over my shoulder as I seek inspiration from the daily readings.