Vigilance – Good News for April 1

1 04 2010

John 13:1-15

Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father. He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end. The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over. So, during supper, fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power and that he had come from God and was returning to God, he rose from supper and took off his outer garments. He took a towel and tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel around his waist.

He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Master, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing, you do not understand now, but you will understand later.”

Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me.”

Simon Peter said to him, “Master, then not only my feet, but my hands and head as well.” Jesus said to him, “Whoever has bathed has no need except to have his feet washed, for he is clean all over; so you are clean, but not all.” For he knew who would betray him; for this reason, he said, “Not all of you are clean.”

So when he had washed their feet and put his garments back on and reclined at table again, he said to them, “Do you realize what I have done for you? You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master,’ and rightly so, for indeed I am. If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.”

The Daily Path: Tonight, after supper, Jesus will go to the Garden to pray. He will ask some of his closest friends to accompany him – to be with him in his hour of need. As we know, they will fall asleep. He will come and wake them, but again they will doze off. I am always saddened to read this. All Jesus asked was for a little bit of time from his best friends to stand by him. But even in this simple request, they failed the man who has just cleansed them.

I, too, fail to be there for the Christ, even though he has done everything for me. But He always comes back, wakes me, and asks that I return to vigilance. In many ways I think Jesus asks for vigilance from us each day. And it’s not just being present for God… so many around us are in their own hour of need. Each of us have our own agony in the garden. And in these hours I believe Christ asks us to be present for them.

Will we fall asleep when Jesus – and our neighbors – need us most?

Be with Him.





Accompany Him – Good News for March 30

30 03 2010

John 13:21-38

Reclining at table with his disciples, Jesus was deeply troubled and testified, “Amen, amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” The disciples looked at one another, at a loss as to whom he meant.

One of his disciples, the one whom Jesus loved, was reclining at Jesus’ side. So Simon Peter nodded to him to find out whom he meant. He leaned back against Jesus’ chest and said to him, “Master, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I hand the morsel after I have dipped it.” So he dipped the morsel and took it and handed it to Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot.

After Judas took the morsel, Satan entered him. So Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.”

Now none of those reclining at table realized why he said this to him. Some thought that since Judas kept the money bag, Jesus had told him, “Buy what we need for the feast,” or to give something to the poor. So Judas took the morsel and left at once. And it was night.

When he had left, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and he will glorify him at once. My children, I will be with you only a little while longer. You will look for me, and as I told the Jews, ‘Where I go you cannot come,’ so now I say it to you.”

Simon Peter said to him, “Master, where are you going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going, you cannot follow me now, though you will follow later.”

Peter said to him, “Master, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Amen, amen, I say to you, the cock will not crow before you deny me three times.”

The Daily Path: In my final reflection on Jonathan Burstein’s amazing painting titled “Church” I want to think of this man sitting on the steps as Judas. Once brought close to the light of Christ, he now finds himself outside facing the dark journey that awaits him. The glow of Christ remains on Judas back, and will do so even as he betrays the love of Jesus. As we know, this will be the final torment on earth for Judas, who will ultimately take his own life.

This is a troubling image for me. No matter how bad things get in my life or how weak I am, I pray that I will never forget God’s love. Even if I “deny Him” I pray that somehow I will always find the strength to turn back into the light of Christ and ask His forgiveness.

The accounts we’ve read over the past few weeks provide so much food for thought. As with any great story, we are led to the end yearning for deeper insights and understanding. The readings of Holy Week are so powerful. Full of symbolism and meaning. This is truly the “Greatest Story Ever Told” and each of us are a part of it. For the remainder of Holy Week 2010, I encourage you to take time to walk with Jesus in Scripture. Accompany Him during these hours. Follow the Son to the Father and see what unfolds in your life.

Turn towards His light.

Church by Jonathan Burstein





Your Call To Follow – Good News for September 3

3 09 2009

Luke 5:1-11

While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of God, he was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret. He saw two boats there alongside the lake; the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, he asked him to put out a short distance from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.

After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.”

Simon said in reply, “Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.”

When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come to help them. They came and filled both boats so that the boats were in danger of sinking. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.”

For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him and all those with him, and likewise James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners of Simon. Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.”

When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him.

The Daily Path: Do you remember the moment you were called to follow Christ?

Room to Chat: Lord, call me to follow you everyday.

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His Roster – Good News for July 8

8 07 2009

Matthew 10:1-7

Jesus summoned his Twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness.

The names of the Twelve Apostles are these: first, Simon called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus; Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus.

Jesus sent out these Twelve after instructing them thus, “Do not go into pagan territory or enter a Samaritan town. Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.'”

The Daily Path: I’d like to think that we are called to be on the team. We have no authority over unclean spirits or power to heal, but we can point those in need to where that power does exist: Christ.

Room to Chat: Lord, you hear our prayers. I know this to be true as you send grace to bolster us in time of great need. My boat may be in a storm but I see you are watching over me and others like me who call you Lord. Thank you Blessed Mother for hearing my prayer. 

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Rocks – Good News for June 29

29 06 2009

Matthew 16:13-19

When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”

They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

Room to Chat: Last night Our Lord answered a prayer. No, that’s not quite accurate. I believe He answered MANY prayers that have originated from this most prodigal of sons and those who are keeping me in their intentions during this difficult period in my life.

A couple of weeks ago in my GNTG! posting I revealed that I’ve been suffering from depression. This is foreign to me, so I’m fortunate that my family and some good friends have been there to help me deal with it. (I’m amazed at just how many people who I previously thought were on solid bedrock are actually in the same rocky boat with me.) I’ve been praying that Our Lord will grant me peace and in doing so  “show me the way” out of this mess. 

Very early this morning, I was jolted from sleep as the anxiety of my life situation crept into consciousness. It festered there for a bit trying to take hold. When this happens, as it often does, I try to find peace by thinking of God. Shortly after doing so I began a thought process that led me to something that may be the answer to the problems I face. I felt as though this inspiration had come from God in answer to my prayers.

I can’t say for sure if this is the answer, but I do have faith that God listens to my prayers. There is certainly hope in what came to me this morning, and for that I am grateful.

I’m in your hands, Father. And with You, I know that all things are possible. Help me to find bedrock.





Breakfast With Jesus – Good News for May 29

29 05 2009

John 21:15-19

After Jesus had revealed himself to his disciples and eaten breakfast with them, he said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.”

He then said to Simon Peter a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.”

He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.”

Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.”

He said this signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. And when he had said this, he said to him, “Follow me.”

The Daily Path: Today you have the Good News to nourish you.

One thought… Peter got a second chance to declare his love for the Lord. This time he delivered. Will we?





Walk With Him – Good News for May 2

2 05 2009

John 6:60-69

Many of the disciples of Jesus who were listening said, “This saying is hard; who can accept it” Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this, he said to them, “Does this shock you? What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the Spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” 

Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe and the one who would betray him. And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by my Father.”

As a result of this, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer walked with him. Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?” 

Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.”

The Daily Path: Friends, I’m sorry to have posted today’s GNTG so late in the day. Here’s why I’m late…

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This morning, my son Donovan joined our Lord at the Eucharistic table for the first time. Alleluia!

Room to Chat: How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me? (Psalms 116:12) That’s easy… I shall remain your servant and walk with You.