Advent Day 26 – Good News for December 23

23 12 2010

Luke 1:57-66

When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her.

When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child, they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother said in reply, “No. He will be called John.” But they answered her, “There is no one among your relatives who has this name.” So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called. He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,” and all were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God.

Then fear came upon all their neighbors, and all these matters were discussed throughout the hill country of Judea. All who heard these things took them to heart, saying, “What, then, will this child be? For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.”

The Daily Path: Is your tongue locked in fear? Save your “Seasons Greetings” and “Happy Holidays”. Speak Christmas!





Advent Day 24 – Good News for December 21

21 12 2010

Luke 1:39-45

Mary set out in those days and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

The Daily Path:Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

Do I believe?  667 GNTG blog posts later the answer is a resounding YES!

Am I “blessED”? Not with a capital “B” like Mary, but I was BLESSed by God the day He called me home. No angels. No leaping infants. Just a joyful heart that miraculously opened up to believe what I was feeling was indeed the Spirit moving within.





The Plotters – Good News for October 14

14 10 2010

Luke 11:47-54

The Lord said, “Woe to you who build the memorials of the prophets whom your fathers killed. Consequently, you bear witness and give consent to the deeds of your ancestors, for they killed them and you do the building. Therefore, the wisdom of God said, ‘I will send to them prophets and Apostles; some of them they will kill and persecute’ in order that this generation might be charged with the blood of all the prophets shed since the foundation of the world, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah who died between the altar and the temple building. Yes, I tell you, this generation will be charged with their blood! Woe to you, scholars of the law! You have taken away the key of knowledge. You yourselves did not enter and you stopped those trying to enter.”

When Jesus left, the scribes and Pharisees began to act with hostility toward him and to interrogate him about many things, for they were plotting to catch him at something he might say.

The Daily Path: Today is Step Back Day. It’s not a Hallmark holiday. You won’t find greeting cards to send to those you love and care about. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Today you step back and think about someone who you really don’t care for. That special someone who you perceive to have harmed you or who you feel has taken a position against you. Step back and think about this individual who you’ve put so much negative energy into. Step back and slip on your new glasses to see their position in the matter. Why have they acted against you? Or have they? Is it them? Or is it you?

Can you step back for just one day and replace the hostility with greater understanding? Can you open a window to allow some of what you feel out… to be replaced with the fresh air of greater peace? Step back today and see.





Good News for December 23

23 12 2009

Luke 1:57-66

When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her. When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child, they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother said in reply, “No. He will be called John.” But they answered her, “There is no one among your relatives who has this name.”

So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called. He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,” and all were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God. Then fear came upon all their neighbors, and all these matters were discussed throughout the hill country of Judea. All who heard these things took them to heart, saying, “What, then, will this child be? For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.”





Joy To The World – Good News for December 21

21 12 2009

Luke 1:39-45

Mary set out in those days and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

The Daily Path: Like so many this past weekend I took to the highways and streets visiting family and completing a number of errands. What I encountered along the way was frightening. It led me to realize that we are experiencing a serious lack of joy in what is, or was, considered the most joyous time of year.

What I experienced were legions of driven people focused on something other than the coming of the child. On so many faces I saw anger and the strains of self inflicted anxiety. In voices I heard impatience and growling. Joy to the world? Where’s the joy?

What also struck me in this contradicting environment was how the smallest acts of kindness seemed to take on epic proportions.

“Attention! Attention shoppers! Will the gentleman who just held open the door for a woman burdened with parcels please report to security immediately.”

“Our SkyCam-Five shows a driver on Highway 17 who actually allowed another car to enter their lane. Well Sara, it must be Christmas down there!”

Mary was in haste to visit her cousin Elizabeth to see how she could help. Even while carrying her own child within, it’s doubtful she pushed anyone aside to get to her destination and fulfill the urgency of her quest. Yet for so many of us, we can only see the need to complete our mission as fast as possible and at any price.

Dear friends, how can we hope to experience the joy of this season if all the moments leading up to Christmas are filled with anger and stress? How can the gift you give glow with the intended joy if the road to its procurement leaves a trail of sadness behind?

Join me in making today a joyous day for everyone in your presence. Slow down. Smile. Fill your activities and everything you touch with joyful intent. In this season of lights and the final days of Advent, you have the power to light a smile on everyone you come in contact with. Be driven with a personal mission to deliver tidings of great joy!

The child is coming… we can’t welcome him with grumpy faces.





A Voice Once Again – Good News for December 23

23 12 2008

Luke 1:57-66

When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her. 

When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child, they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother said in reply, “No. He will be called John.” 

But they answered her, “There is no one among your relatives who has this name.” So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called. He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,” and all were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God.

Then fear came upon all their neighbors, and all these matters were discussed throughout the hill country of Judea. All who heard these things took them to heart, saying, “What, then, will this child be? For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.” 

The Daily Path: I can imagine the surprise felt by his neighbors when Zechariah was suddenly able to speak again. How would your neighbors act if you suddenly proclaimed your faith in ways unexpected? I’m no Zechariah, but I think some of my friends and neighbors are still a little stunned over my return to my Catholic roots. That’s okay because I hope many of them will be blessed by God’s touch in the days ahead. If they could come to know the same joy I’ve experienced with God in my life, I’m certain they’d all rush to begin their own spiritual journey. 

In these last two days before Christmas, I want to express my thanks to everyone who has brought Good News To-Go! into their life. No matter how many times you’ve visited, I hope reading the Good News of Our Lord has brought some measure of peace into what can often be a storm. Your many comments have inspired me to continue. It’s my Christmas prayer that more peace will be present in your lives as you find ways to incorporate more of God and His love and mercy into each day. Look for Him in your life and listen…

Lift up your heads and see, your redemption is near at hand. (Luke 21:28)





Another Visit – Good News for December 19

19 12 2008

Luke 1:5-25

In the days of Herod, King of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah of the priestly division of Abijah; his wife was from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. Both were righteous in the eyes of God, observing all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren and both were advanced in years. 

Once when he was serving as priest in his division’s turn before God, according to the practice of the priestly service, he was chosen by lot to enter the sanctuary of the Lord to burn incense. Then, when the whole assembly of the people was praying outside at the hour of the incense offering, the angel of the Lord appeared to him,
standing at the right of the altar of incense. Zechariah was troubled by what he saw, and fear came upon him. 

But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall name him John.  And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He will drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother’s womb, and he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah to turn the hearts of fathers toward children and the disobedient to the understanding of the righteous, to prepare a people fit for the Lord.” 

Then Zechariah said to the angel, “How shall I know this?  For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.”  And the angel said to him in reply, “I am Gabriel, who stands before God. I was sent to speak to you and to announce to you this good news.  But now you will be speechless and unable to talk until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled at their proper time.”

Meanwhile the people were waiting for Zechariah and were amazed that he stayed so long in the sanctuary.  But when he came out, he was unable to speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the sanctuary. He was gesturing to them but remained mute. Then, when his days of ministry were completed, he went home. 

After this time his wife Elizabeth conceived, and she went into seclusion for five months, saying, “So has the Lord done for me at a time when he has seen fit to take away my disgrace before others.”

The Daily Path: Today is the start of the final push of the Santa Claus Christmas. Last minute mania kicks in. Malls will be a war zone. For the next six days final preparation will spike. In all of this, I have a simple request to ask of all my blog friends…

Please join me today in reflecting on our personal Advent preparation. “Don’t be afraid.” Even just a few moments will be time well spent.