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!
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Who do people say that I am?
Monday, June 28, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
A centurion approached him.
Yesterday we read how a leper approached Jesus. Today, we read that a centurion approached him too. Is there anyone the Lord will not help? No! Thanks be to God! We know that help, regardless of where it comes from, is always very much appreciated. It turns out that God thinks the same way, but with a request. A request, regardless of where it comes from, is never unanswered by God because even a centurion is capable of glorifying the Lord and doing Him homage (Lk 23:47). It’s never too late to turn to the Lord and allow the Lord to turn us to Him.
In no one have I found such faith
“The Lord never forgets the souls of those who are poor” (Psalm 74). Guess what? We are all poor! We starve and thirst for understanding, affection and love, forgiveness, mercy and compassion. The Lord thirsts too…for souls, for my soul. The Lord loves to love. “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed”… a little faith is all that the Lord needs. Today, Christ encourages the crowd to avoid a lot of distress, anxiety and frustration by simply turning to Him first instead of last. Is this not what inspired Him to say “The last shall be first and the first last” (Mt 20:16). Unfortunately, we are slow learners. The Senators of Louisiana finally turned to prayer because they openly acknowledged “there is no human solution to the oil spill”. Well, the last shall be first. Will the Lord not inspire and encourage us as we carry our daily cross? Our reluctance to turn to the Lord holds true to our parents as well – are they not the last we turn to for advice? Somehow we think our parents expect more from us. We fool ourselves. They were once children too. The centurion took a leap of faith. His reputation was at risk; scorn from his fellow soldiers, for seeking help from a Jew, and rejection from the crowd around him. He took the risk and approached the Lord and appealed to Him. The response was shocking. “In no one in Israel have I found such faith”. The centurion was poor in understanding and came out rich in faith!
Lord, only say the word and I shall be healed
“In no one have I found such faith”. Let us never forget that these words were directed to all who were following the Lord, including the Apostles - including Peter, who heard these words and asked the Lord to cure his mother-in-law. It did not take long for the crowd to begin bringing the sick and those who were possessed to Christ. The world needs God. There is no alternative. The world needs redemption, forgiveness, faith and hope. The world needs love! We are fallen, beaten, battered children that are in rebellion! My personal experience is this: We don’t like to admit weakness or failure. It takes forever to turn to the Lord. And when we do turn to the Lord, we come to him kicking and screaming. But when we finally encounter him in a hospital room or in the Confession, we feel healed and restored. Peace reigns once again. Hope is restored and love begins to circulate throughout our very being. “Lord, only say the word, and I shall be healed”! There! The word is said. In fact, the Word came down.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Jesus came down from the mountain
We cannot simply follow the Lord – that is, attend Mass, say our prayers, listen to or read the Bible. We must do him homage! To follow the Lord does not simply mean to “walk with him”. We must approach the Lord as our Savior, and taste and see the goodness of the Lord. To follow the Lord means to walk in His footsteps and allow Him to take us, bless us, break us and give us. We are called to be heavenly food for others. Christ took away our infirmities and cleansed us of our sins. The crowd stood and watched. We are called to approach. But only one approached. He broke through the crowd and called out to Him, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.” Repentance leads to forgiveness, which leads to being healed. Take and see the goodness of the Lord. Today we call this Confession or Reconciliation. Before I can reach out to anyone, I must be healed. Only God knows who the men and/or women were who helped this leper come near the Lord? I guarantee you, they must have been healed by him, too. Have I brought someone to the Lord today? Today, our prayer should lead us to come down from the mountain, to hope in the Lord, to approach Him, and help someone else approach Him, too.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
The Birth of John the Baptist
One thing I seek; to dwell in the house of the Lord (Priority)
His message was coherent to his life (Coherency)
Make straight the path (Living through Adversity)
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
By their fruit you will know them
Regardless of how often I have heard or read this verse, I realized for the very first time that Christ doesn’t care about quantity but rather quality. “Every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit.” False prophets are not easily recognizable. They may speak angelically, act immaculately and even look heavenly, but "underneath they are ravenous wolves.” We know you cannot "judge a book by its cover." The Lord knows that, too. But we have a dilemma. We can see the face but not the heart. Externals verses internals. Actions that are in conflict with intentions; the body pitted against the soul. What do we have “underneath” it all? Underneath is the key word here. We are asked by the Lord to look deep down and see what man is made of. He should be made of Christ. "Remain in me, as I remain in you.” How do we know who is the scoundrel and who is the Saint?” "By their fruit, you will know them.” Love produces more love. Forgiveness gives birth to mercy and compassion. Sacrifice yields an abundance of fruit. In reality, the Lord is saying "by their fruit, you will know Him!"
Work for the Lord
Laborers of the vineyard work for the Master of the vineyard. All glory, all honor, all worship belong to the Master. The way they work will tell us much about who they are. When there is conflict, there is rebellion, division and murder. SIN abounds everywhere and it is open season on God!! The true prophets beg for instruction, for discernment, to be led, to have their hearts near the Lord, to turn away from all that distracts them from the Holy One. (Psalm 119) In summary, they long for, search for, ask for, speak for and live for the Lord.
Point to the Lord
All things and people must point to Him. The true prophets point to God.
The Baptist points to Christ. The saints point to Christ. The Lord points to the Father!! All things point to, lead to, and end in the Father. The false prophets end in themselves. It’s all about them! When everything is said and done the only thing that “remains in me” must be CHRIST. “It is no longer I who live in me, but Christ who lives in me.”
Live in the Lord
Who or what lives in you? God is the strength of his people. In Him, we, His chosen, live in safety. "Save us, Lord, who share in your life, and give us your blessing; be our shepherd forever." (Psalm 27:8-9) The one who bears fruit is the one who lives in and for the Lord. Amen.
How many people have you loved and forgiven today? Remember, every good tree bears good fruit… Jesus says, "By their fruit you will know" if they belong to me.