Perennials – Good News for May 26

26 05 2010

Peter 1:23-25

You have been born anew, not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and abiding word of God, for:

“All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of the field; the grass withers, and the flower wilts; but the word of the Lord remains forever.”

This is the word that has been proclaimed to you.

The Daily Path: During the past few years there has been one constant in my life: the Good News. In that period I have been born and reborn several times. It’s very much like the life cycle for some of the wild flowers that surround my home. Each spring new sprouts emerge from the ground, blossom, wither, and die, only to re-emerge again the following spring. Although they have a relatively short life above ground, their roots remain in place in the soil. Many of those systems expand leading to even more flowers in subsequent years.

The word of the Lord – in the form of daily readings – has been the soil for my roots. It has led me to even deeper awareness of God in my life. Like wild flowers, each new awareness is replaced by another, followed by yet another. And so it goes. The Good News has enabled my roots to expand as I come in contact with other travelers who have embraced God in their journey.

I know that St. Peter speaks the truth. No matter what my life cycle may bring, the word of the Lord remains forever.

Take “the cycle” for a test drive and see for yourself.





At The Table – Good News for April 26

26 04 2010

John 10:7-10

So Jesus said again, “Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”

The Daily Path: Here’s an excerpt from Acts of the Apostles (11:1-3):

The Apostles and the brothers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles too had accepted the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem the circumcised believers confronted him, saying, ‘You entered the house of uncircumcised people and ate with them.”

One of the wonderful benefits of social media platforms, like blogging, is the connectivity factor. Through my GNTG blog, I’ve been able to connect with people of faith other than Catholics. In this way I have entered their house and eaten with them. The meals we share are rich and satisfying. Some use a fork to eat their peas. Others use a spoon. Some reach for the glass of water with their left hand, while I use my right.

Regardless of how we engage in the meal as individuals, we all come to the table united in our hunger. Let’s dine together rather than alone.





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!