Two Miles – Good News for June 14

14 06 2010

Mark 5:38-42

Jesus said to his disciples, “You have heard that it was said,

An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.

But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one to him as well. If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic, hand him your cloak as well. Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go with him for two miles. Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow.”

The Daily Path: This morning I woke to the sound of the wind blowing very hard outside my home. This time of year that is usually a sign that the marine layer is on its way inland to provide some relief from a sweltering day of heat.

I went outside to feel the cool breeze on my face. While standing there I wondered where the air that was blowing by me had originated from. Who else had it touched along its journey? Where would it end? What other faces would the breeze hit as it continued on its cooling way?

The wind didn’t touch me then come to a stop. Nor did it just blow for a mile then vanish. It went one for another mile and another until completing its full cycle.

Can I be like a wind that doesn’t just travel the first mile asked of me? Can I move on to mile two, excited to touch and linger where I am needed? How many more faces can I reach by continuing on?

Pick Up The Match – Good News for June 9

9 06 2009

Matthew 5:13-16

Jesus said to his disciples, “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”

The Daily Path: Before my light could begin to “shine before others” it had to be turned on. God placed the matches on the table before me, but it was a long time until I understood how to pick one up and strike it against the flint. Then, once it was finally lit, I needed help to keep it burning. A breeze seems to always be blowing looking to extinguish God’s light, so I had to find a wind screen. God provided that calm by leading me to my local Catholic community at St. Monica’s. Here I could find respite in the storm raging around me and gather strength to continue drawing closer to God. I could also see the light burning in others around me. My own little match seemed to grow larger in the company of other light.

Still, I needed fuel to allow my match to keep burning and grow stronger. God gave me that fuel by opening my eyes to the Good News of Christ. Reading the Gospel on a daily basis has helped me no end. It nurtures the light (love) inside. Scripture not only shows me the way home, it also keeps my flame alive so that each day it will continue to grow stronger and brighter despite the gale winds that surround me. 

But it all starts by picking up one of God’s matches that sit on the table before each of us.

Room to Chat: Light your match today so you can shine and illuminate the way home for yourself and others on the journey.