Meditation is an ideal way to pray. Using God's word (Lectio Divina) allows me to hear, listen and reflect on what the Lord wants to say to me - to one of his disciples - just like He did two thousand years ago.
The best time to reflect is at the beginning of the day and for at least 15 to 30 minutes.
Prior to going to sleep, read the Mass readings for the next day and then, in the morning, reflect on the Meditation offered on this website.
I hope these daily meditations allow you to know, love and imitate the Lord in a more meaningful way.
God bless you!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Mt 17:22-27 What is Your Opinion?

Matthew 17:22-27 What is your opinion?

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“Father, what is your opinion about embryonic stem-cell research, euthanasia, suicide, cloning, abortion, birth control, fertility clinics, homosexual marriage, pre-marital sex, etc… [The list appears to grow every day!] Obviously, when someone asks me a few or all of these questions, I know I am in for a fight. Bring it on! I have always been shocked at how Atheists are more offended by Christians, their signs, customs and traditions than the other way around. For this reason, our way of life, created by God, is under attack at its very core: from the earliest moments of life and the beginning of creation, to the twilight of death and the dignity or respect towards the elderly. God said, “Let us make man in our image…man and woman he made them.” Then God said, “Let them multiply and fill the earth.” And he said, “It was very good.” As you can see, God’s creation and plan is under attack from all sides. It appears as though God’s plan is not good enough for man.

Regardless, The Church continues to preach the Gospel of Life, of Truth and of Jesus Christ. What do you preach?

In today’s Gospel passage, we learn of Peter’s lie. When the collectors of the temple tax approach Peter, they ask him, “Does not your teacher pay the temple tax?” Peter is embarrassed, nervous, and confused. He answers, “Well, of course!” His answer is a lie. Christ had not paid the tax nor had he any intention of paying the tax. Why should he? He is in his Father’s house [the Universe]. He has no need to pay rent, or room and board. He is the King’s son and the disciples are his subjects.

Do we not belong to Christ? Have we not been ransomed by his death and resurrection? “Jesus said to his disciples, ‘The Son of Man is to be handed over to men, and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day.’ And they were overwhelmed with grief.” We must never forget, it was the governing institutions that put the Savior to death.

We have no need to apologize for our faith, or for our Church. Rather, we are called to lift up our faith, our God, above human idols and altars. We have no need to be embarrassed about our God who died at the hands of men claiming to be acting in the name of justice and peace! How very different are the promises of men to those of God! We preach as St. Paul preaches, the scandal of the cross –“a stumbling block to Jews, and an absurdity to Gentiles.” As always, “God’s folly is wiser than men, and His weakness more powerful than men.” (1Cor 1:25)

“But that we may not offend anyone,” show great patience, mercy and love to those who ridicule you, attack you and are insulted (jealous) because of you. The next time the Lord asks you to witness your faith (your Church, our God) to an unbeliever, be prepared to be attacked! But do not dare bow down to their level or make excuses for yourself or your Church. “Heaven and earth are filled with His glory!” God does not need to be excused by you, nor is the world in need of another opinion. Isn't that how all arguments seem to end today, "That's your opinion." The world is in need of the truth. In fact, the world is in need of The Truth, The Way and The Life.

After all, those who attack the Lord, are they really that much happier, satisfied, fulfilled or at peace than those marked with the sign of faith?


  1. This is so true. Someone insulted me just yesterday for my outward sharing of my faith through a facebook post. They actually said that it's annoying that I post things about the Lord all the time. And I felt so insulted and wanted to turn around be sharp-tongued. But instead, I prayed and realized that even though it is insulting to them, I can only show them love and pray for them because they just want to instill anger, fear, and sorrow so that I can join in their misery. I took a minute to look at her profile and realized she was outwardly miserable and in her words "hates life." So I prayed and told them I'm sorry it insulted them, but I hope that their day was better and blessed. That may be annoying to them too, but my heart was moved and I knew God was asking me to pray for her, so that she could come to know and love Him and seek Him for strength.

  2. "That's your opinion." or "that's what your church believes but this is what I believe..."

    I am so tired of this response.

    Did they remove the word truth from the dictionary? Or is the definition: ancient idea that modern man has disproved?

    Why am I afraid to say, no this is not my opinion, it is truth when I get that response?

    There must be a way to say it in love without coming off sounding arrogant.

    Any ideas out there?


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