Between Father and Son – Good News for March 17

17 03 2010

John 5:17-30

Jesus answered the Jews, “My Father is at work until now, so I am at work.” For this reason they tried all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the sabbath but he also called God his own father, making himself equal to God.

Jesus answered and said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, the Son cannot do anything on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for what he does, the Son will do also. For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything that he himself does, and he will show him greater works than these, so that you may be amazed.

For just as the Father raises the dead and gives life, so also does the Son give life to whomever he wishes. Nor does the Father judge anyone, but he has given all judgment to the Son, so that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes in the one who sent me has eternal life and will not come to condemnation, but has passed from death to life.

Amen, amen, I say to you, the hour is coming and is now here when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For just as the Father has life in himself, so also he gave to the Son the possession of life in himself. And he gave him power to exercise judgment, because he is the Son of Man.

Do not be amazed at this, because the hour is coming in which all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and will come out, those who have done good deeds to the resurrection of life, but those who have done wicked deeds to the resurrection of condemnation.

“I cannot do anything on my own; I judge as I hear, and my judgment is just, because I do not seek my own will but the will of the one who sent me.”

The Daily Path: There was a time in my life when I looked forward to St. Patrick’s Day only to see how much Guinness I could consume and how big of a party the day could be. In Ireland it’s a holy day. In my life it was a bar day.

Now I have a true reason to celebrate March 17… nine years ago today, God blessed us with an amazing son by the name of Donovan. Without the Father, these miracles of life wouldn’t happen.

“Now keep Jesus in your heart today, or I’ll put your name in me book!”

Room to Chat: Father, thank you for driving the snakes out of my life and replacing them with your love.

March Madness – Good News for March 17

17 03 2009

It’s a guaranteed trip to the Final Four…

Matthew 18:21-35

Peter approached Jesus and asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?”

Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times. That is why the Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who decided to settle accounts with his servants. When he began the accounting, a debtor was brought before him who owed him a huge amount. Since he had no way of paying it back, his master ordered him to be sold, along with his wife, his children, and all his property, in payment of the debt.

At that, the servant fell down, did him homage, and said, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.’ Moved with compassion the master of that servant let him go and forgave him the loan. When that servant had left, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a much smaller amount. He seized him and started to choke him, demanding, ‘Pay back what you owe.’ Falling to his knees, his fellow servant begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’ But he refused. Instead, he had him put in prison until he paid back the debt.

Now when his fellow servants saw what had happened, they were deeply disturbed, and went to their master and reported the whole affair. His master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to. Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant, as I had pity on you?’ Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers until he should pay back the whole debt. So will my heavenly Father do to you, unless each of you forgives your brother from your heart.”

The Daily Path: We are now in the midst of what is know as March Madness. The college basketball season is building to a crescendo with its tournament to decide the national champion. Teams like St. Mary’s College work hard all season to get to the Big Dance. Most of the basketball experts believed that coach Randy Bennett’s Gaels deserved to be selected for the 64 team field. On Sunday, the team along with hundreds of friends, family and other students gathered together to watch the televised tournament selection announcement. Unfortunately, St. Mary’s was not chosen despite an outstanding 26-6 record. The players were crestfallen. For some, this was there last shot at the tournament. Years of sweat and dedication would not be rewarded to its fullest. 

As I thought about the disappointment felt by our local heroes, I also reflected on God’s promise to each of us. Christ tells us that if we work hard to live a life that is pleasing to God, we will be selected for the Biggest Dance of all. Even if we pick up some losses along the road, our sweat and determination will earn us a spot alongside God in the Kingdom of Heaven. No experts other than God will determine our worthiness to play. It’s a guaranteed trip to the Final Four… Father, Holy Spirit, Son and… YOU.

(Note: Despite their exclusion from the NCCA tournament, the Gaels were rewarded with a trip to the prestigious NIT (National Invitational Tournament) and a #2 seed. Congrats to Coach and all the Gaels on a great season!)

Room to Chat: Find a moment today to ask St. Patrick to drive the snakes out of your heart. Be safe today.