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, September 6, 2010

Lk 6:6-11 They Became Enraged!

Luke 6:6-11 They Became Enraged!

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“The Pharisees watched Jesus closely…so that they might discover a reason to accuse him.” If we look long enough at anyone, we will always find some sort of defect. But with Christ, there is no defect; there is only mercy, compassion and love. The Pharisees tried hard and long to find the strings that were attached to Christ's “miracles”, but could not find any. They followed him to look for signs of hypocrisy, they found none. They looked for a reason to accuse him, and when they could find none, they created their own stories and brought in their own witnesses or accomplices.

Not all the Pharisees chose this route. A few who did not understand him listened to him and learned a great deal from him. One, Nicodemus, came to him at night and sought his counsel. He, along with others, became “nighttime disciples.” They believed in him but from a safe distance. But most Pharisees chose not to listen to Jesus at all. Instead, they observed and discussed together what they might do to Jesus. They never took the time to understand him so they learned nothing from him. They are similar to too many police officers that come to patrol pro-life or pro-family demonstrations but never bother to listen to what is being said. They are too busy maintaining the peace!

How easy it is to turn our heads away in disgust and disbelief when we choose not to open our hearts to someone greater than I. And there is always someone greater than I in our midst. There is only One God, and I am not him! The Lord Jesus came to save, not to condemn. He reached out and touched the man with the withered hand. The humble were amazed at his power. The mighty became enraged! How could anyone become enraged at a miracle? How could anyone not be moved by the scene? Encaged is a word that sounds very similar to enraged. Both would be fitting in describing the hearts and minds of those who choose not to believe. This is the one case where “seeing is not believing.” There would be many more like it in the life of Christ. “Come down from the Cross and then we will believe!” is the only time the Pharisees request a miracle. But in reality, it is not a request but a jest! It is man trying to tell God what to do! Truly, there is no room for Christ in the world - no physical space to rest his head and no room for Christ in our hearts or minds. If it isn’t curing on the Sabbath that does me in, then it could be something else, you name it! It’s not too hard to see in our lives where we may have become similar to a Pharisee.

Today, instead of being enraged, let us be encouraged by the clarity of Christ’s message and of his love and mercy to those who call out to him. Let us ask the Lord to open wide our hearts and minds so that instead of discussing together what we might do to Jesus, we could gather together, two or more in his name, and discuss what Jesus could do for us.

1 comment:

  1. "It’s not too hard to see in our lives where we may have become similar to a Pharisee."

    So what I’m understanding is that a Pharisee is someone who is self righteous, closed minded, closed hearted, cunning, manipulating, indignant, insensitive, a bully, arrogant, conspiring and had Jesus put to death.

    Well if you are going to put it that way, then yes, I have been like a Pharisee and sad to say, not that long ago.

    This meditation was another hard one to take because it is shedding light in areas that would rather be left in the dark.

    But if I’m going to do this thing, (become holy, a saint, get to heaven), I need to see the mess before I can clean it up.

    You are definitely not the ‘let’s just all be nice’, lock arms, sing happy songs, have good thoughts and intentions, while leading your flock “DOWN” the path merrily to hell, kind of priest.

    You’re tough, you make us dig deep, way past the surface into the core of our souls where we find truth that hurts and yet truths that can be exhumed and properly disposed of.

    You take this responsibility for the souls entrusted to you seriously.

    I like that about you:)


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