Immediate Surrender – Good News for November 30

30 11 2009

Matthew 4:18-22

As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him.

He walked along from there and saw two other brothers, James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him.

The Daily Path: Peter, Andrew, James and John. Four men, who, with nothing more than an invitation, immediately surrendered their lives to follow Christ.

Room To Chat: Lord, show me the way. Let the example of your disciples resonate in my mind and heart. Fill me with your grace.


Fill Your Net – Good News for April 17

17 04 2009

Jesus revealed himself again to his disciples at the Sea of Tiberias. He revealed himself in this way. Together were Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, Zebedee’s sons, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We also will come with you.”

So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. When it was already dawn, Jesus was standing on the shore; but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, have you caught anything to eat?” They answered him, “No.” So he said to them, “Cast the net over the right side of the boat and you will find something.” So they cast it, and were not able to pull it in because of the number of fish. So the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord.”

When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he tucked in his garment, for he was lightly clad, and jumped into the sea. The other disciples came in the boat, for they were not far from shore, only about a hundred yards, dragging the net with the fish. When they climbed out on shore, they saw a charcoal fire with fish on it and bread.

Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you just caught.” So Simon Peter went over and dragged the net ashore full of one hundred fifty-three large fish. Even though there were so many, the net was not torn.

Jesus said to them, “Come, have breakfast.” And none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they realized it was the Lord. Jesus came over and took the bread and gave it to them, and in like manner the fish. This was now the third time Jesus was revealed to his disciples after being raised from the dead.

The Daily Path: Whether it’s a basket of bread, jar of wine, or a net filled with fish, it seems that whenever Jesus is involved abundance follows. While on earth He always provided for his followers. Two thousand years later, Jesus continues to provide for all who will listen and believe in Him.

As I have said here many times, I know this to be true. One minute your net is empty and the prospect of that changing looks bleak. Then suddenly it’s full with enough to sustain you. I can’t explain it other than having learned to have complete faith that God will provide. Sit down with Him next to the charcoal fire…

Room to Chat: No matter where you are today, there will be amble opportunities to sit with Jesus if you look for them.

A Mother’s Zeal – Good News for March 11

11 03 2009

Be careful what you ask for…

Mat 20:17-28

As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the Twelve disciples aside by themselves, and said to them on the way, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and scourged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day.”

Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee approached Jesus with her sons and did him homage, wishing to ask him for something. He said to her, “What do you wish?” She answered him, “Command that these two sons of mine sit, one at your right and the other at your left, in your kingdom.”

Jesus said in reply, “You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the chalice that I am going to drink?” They said to him, “We can.” He replied, “My chalice you will indeed drink, but to sit at my right and at my left, this is not mine to give but is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.”

When the ten heard this, they became indignant at the two brothers. But Jesus summoned them and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and the great ones make their authority over them felt. But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave. Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

The Daily Path: Salome, the mother of disciples James and John, did what so many parents do. She tried to help her children find success. The only trouble was, the pious woman had no idea what she was asking for. Thanks to mom, the boys were asked by Jesus if they would share his chalice. In the zeal of the moment, they both responded, “Yes!” And they did share Jesus cup. A most agonizing cup.

Fourteen years later James was martyred at the hands of King Herod. His brother John had it a little easier, the former fisherman was thrown into a pot of boiling oil… but suffered no injury! Then he worked the rest of his life proclaiming the good news. Oh, did I mention that John lived to be about 100 serving his fellow man throughout with no retirement package? 

I think I’ll just ask Jesus to love my children, keep them out of harms way , and give them a nice job washing the dishes. Hmm. Maybe “washing the dishes” has some meaning I don’t understand. On second thought, “Please Jesus, just love them and keep them safe.”

Room to Chat: This has been a particularly busy time in my life. I’ve been challenged this Lent to keep Christ in my day as often as I would like. How about you? Anyone out there have any good ideas for keeping Him close? Please share them.

Come After Me – Good News for January 12

12 01 2009

Mark 1:14-20

After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the Gospel of God: “This is the time of fulfillment. The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel.”

As he passed by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea; they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Then they left their nets and followed him.

He walked along a little farther and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They too were in a boat mending their nets. Then he called them. So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him.

The Daily Path: Today, I’m reflecting on some of the defining moments in my spiritual journey. Have you taken time to think of your own milestone events? When did God reach out and ask you to “Come after me?”

Room to Chat: It may not be formal prayer as we think of it, but isn’t a conversation between two people about their faith a form of prayer? I like the opportunity to have a quick chat with my fellow parishioners following Mass. Sometimes we discuss the sermon or parish activity. Other times the topic is family or our own well being. Either way, it’s a conversation between two people who God has brought together on this earth. Sounds like a prayer to me.