Christ the Light – Good News for March 24

24 03 2010

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: I believe that Jesus is a beacon of light. His light guides those who are able to see it towards the home of our Father. I also believe His church has the obligation to shine its light for that very purpose. When I say church, I don’t mean the structure. I mean the community of faith that is the true church. Each of us.

Take another look at Mr. Burstein’s painting below. Imagine for a moment that the light emitted through the opening was instead coming from the hearts of men and women. Instead of a church building, imagine many people standing behind the man we see sitting on the steps. What if this was the light of your own heart warming the darkness for someone you meet along the journey?

Now imagine our own luminance being boosted by the radiance of Christ’s light. What if we allowed that light to touch all those around us like walking lighthouses? Would anyone be left sitting outside in the dark?

Church by Jonathan Burstein





Sometimes Use Words – Good News for March 10

10 03 2009

Walk the talk…

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: Last week I came across another wonderful quote from St. Francis of Assisi that fits the lesson of today’s Gospel.

Francis said: “Preach the gospel often and sometimes use words.”

Jesus is saying that it all comes down to living by example. I look at myself and think about all the times I fall flat on my face in living the example. You want to be a role model for your kids, but blow a fuse with them or your spouse. You see someone in need, but you fall back on “I don’t have time,” or “That person is just a scam artist. They should go find a job.” And of course, there is the old standby, “I know it’s Lent… but I had a rough day. I’ll offer something up tomorrow.”

Looks like I need to use fewer words.

Room to Chat: Yesterday, my oldest son called to tell me that he wanted to come over and spend time with me on my birthday. I was moved that he would want to do so because at his age there are many more exciting options than being with the “old man”. I realized that God, our Father, is probably moved in the same way when we demonstrate the desire to spend time with Him… especially when we have other worldly options. Son, if you are reading this, thanks for the lesson. I love you.





Must Read Sunday – Good News for March 1

1 03 2009

Give me back the joy…

Psalms 51:3-4, 12-15

Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness; in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense. Thoroughly wash me from my guilt and of my sin cleanse me.

A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me. Cast me not out from your presence, and your Holy Spirit take not from me.

Give me back the joy of your salvation, and a willing spirit sustain in me. I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners shall return to you. 

Hebrews 5:7-9

In the days when Christ Jesus was in the flesh, he offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears  to the one who was able to save him from death,  and he was heard because of his reverence. Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered; and when he was made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.

John 12:20-33

Some Greeks who had come to worship at the Passover Feast came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we would like to see Jesus. “Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus.

Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be. The Father will honor whoever serves me.

“I am troubled now. Yet what should I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But it was for this purpose that I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name.”

Then a voice came from heaven,  “I have glorified it and will glorify it again.” The crowd there heard it and said it was thunder;  but others said, “An angel has spoken to him.”

Jesus answered and said, “This voice did not come for my sake but for yours. Now is the time of judgment on this world;  now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.” He said this indicating the kind of death he would die.

The Daily Path: I can hear ol’ Stan Doubtsall now… “See Marge? I was right! This sneaky guy is going to make us read volumes of Scripture. I don’t have time for that.”

I’m sorry, Stan. You’re correct. This IS more Good News than normal, but each one of these passages is so rich. I’ll make you a deal. If you will just read what is offered today I won’t say anything else. 

Room to Chat: CLOSED TODAY DUE TO PROMISE TO STAN