Looking At The Sky – Good News for May 16

16 05 2010

Acts of the Apostles 1:6-11

When they had gathered together they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”

He answered them, “It is not for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has established by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

When he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight. While they were looking intently at the sky as he was going, suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them.

They said, “Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.”

Luke 24:46-53

Jesus said to his disciples, “Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

You are witnesses of these things. And behold I am sending the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

Then he led them out as far as Bethany, raised his hands, and blessed them. As he blessed them he parted from them and was taken up to heaven. They did him homage and then returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and they were continually in the temple praising God.

The Daily Path: We’re always looking in our lives. Today is Sunday. Where will you look for Him today?

Going Home – Good News for May 15

15 05 2010

John 16:23-28

Jesus said to his disciples, “Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you. Until now you have not asked anything in my name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.

“I have told you this in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures but I will tell you clearly about the Father. On that day you will ask in my name, and I do not tell you that I will ask the Father for you. For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have come to believe that I came from God. I came from the Father and have come into the world. Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”

Room to Chat: God, I want to thank you for the blessings you bring into my life. I did not understand what true abundance was until you called me back. Now, at last, I am beginning to see. In the name of Jesus, I ask that my sight can continue to improve so that I can follow what you have planned for me.

Courage – Good News for May 26

26 05 2009

John 17:1-11

Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you, just as you gave him authority over all people, so that your son may give eternal life to all you gave him. Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ. I glorified you on earth by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do. Now glorify me, Father, with you, with the glory that I had with you before the world began.

“I revealed your name to those whom you gave me out of the world. They belonged to you, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you gave me is from you, because the words you gave to me I have given to them, and they accepted them and truly understood that I came from you, and they have believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for the ones you have given me, because they are yours, and everything of mine is yours and everything of yours is mine, and I have been glorified in them. And now I will no longer be in the world, but they are in the world, while I am coming to you.”

The Daily Path: Today, I’d like to share another reading with you today. It’s from the Acts of the Apostles 20:22-24:

But now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem. What will happen to me there I do not know, except that in one city after another the Holy Spirit has been warning me that imprisonment and hardships await me. Yet I consider life of no importance to me, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to bear witness to the Gospel of God’s grace.

St. Paul knew that continuing to share the word of God meant walking in harm’s way, yet he did so anyway. What incredible courage. As you may know, Paul was ultimately arrested and after years of imprisonment was beheaded.

While reading this I couldn’t help but think about Paul’s contemporary, Peter, who on the night Jesus was arrested denied knowing Him three times. What a difference the Holy Spirit made in these men. 

I reflect on all of the occasions I deny Jesus. Sometimes I know that proclaiming my Catholic faith, or faith in God period, won’t be a popular thing to do. In those moments of fear, living in the world suddenly becomes more important than living in the Word. While I’d like to be more like Paul fearlessly proclaiming the Gospel of God’s grace, all too often I feel like Peter… before he had his shower in the Spirit.  

Christ revealed God to us. Perhaps we can find courage to live our lives in ways that will reveal the name of God to others.

A double dose of the Spirit please!

Room to Chat: Each day presents a new opportunity to demonstrate a little courage in living the Word of God. Be brave!