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!


Friday, February 25, 2011

Mk 10:1-12 A Big Word: Promise

Mk 10:1-12 A Big Word: Promise

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“Let your acquaintances be many, but one in a thousand your confidant.” (Sir 6:7)

A few years back, while I was in the seminary, one of my superiors was giving a talk about friendships. It was a casual conversation. He was speaking to about one hundred seminarians. We had just finished dinner and it was an open mic opportunity so we asked him questions. He was a well known priest, very busy, very visible, and very much trusted and greatly appreciated by the community in large. Then someone, a seminarian, asked him a question. “Fr, how many friends do you have?” His response has forever been in my heart and mind. I expected him to say something like “many”, or “thousands.” He thought about it for a while. Then, he sheepishly answered, “One. Maybe two…” I don’t know why, but his answer shocked me. I should have known better. I was na├»ve.

“He who finds one friend finds a treasure.” (Sir 6:16) This is definitely true and definitely something to remember. How true and how sad it is. Why? Why is it so hard to find a friend, a true friend, a faithful friend, a loving and honest friend? You know, someone that will stand by you through the good times and the bad, for richer and for poorer, in sickness and in health? Yes, you know the answer already. It is the reason for so many of our ills, seen and unseen, hidden and revealed. It is because we all suffer from sin, and sin inherently leads to doubt and confusion which leads to misunderstandings and misgivings, self-preservation and selfishness at all costs and beyond all imagining. “What’s in it for me?” is a good way to sum up the obstacles in friendship.

Recently, I cancelled a talk I was supposed to give because very few people were going to attend. I wasn't going to waste my time and do it, so I bailed. I found out yesterday that another priest filled in my spot. Another good lesson learned I suppose. It seems like I learn good lessons on a daily basis and yet fail to learn them well.

What is the greatest cure for such sins? To make and keep our promises at all cost.

The Lord never broke his promises. Neither should we. For this reason, and for only this reason, Noah built his Ark; Abraham was ready to sacrifice his only beloved son and Moses lead his people out of Egypt. That’s why David became King, the prophets said what they said and did what they did and John the Baptist went out into the desert and stood his ground and met his death. That’s why the Apostles followed Christ, imitated Him and died for Him. God never breaks his promises, regardless of how bad things get or how dark they appear. The Lord stand firm forever no matter how angry people get or what people say. This is very comforting to know.

A promise is what keeps us trustworthy. We all struggle with keeping our promises and being faithful to our words and actions.

It is obvious to ask the questions: Why should I trust so much in God? Why should I go the extra mile? Why should I never give up? Why should I always choose what is true, good and beautiful? Why should I pray for my enemy? Why should I care about my enemy? Why should I love my enemy? The answer is simple: Christ keeps his promises.

“I am with you always.” “I will not leave you orphans.” “I will be with you till the end of time.” “Everything I have, I give to you.” “I will lay down my life for you.” “I will send you my Spirit.” “I will be your God and you will be my people.” “I will give you all that you need.” “I will be your Rock, your Fortress, and your friend.”

The Old Testament is reactive. The New Testament is proactive. The Lord taught his followers that they may never find a good friend, but they can be a good friend to others. How? By being faithful to His word and living according to His word.

Today, I will walk the talk, seeking nothing in return.

5 comments:

  1. "The Lord taught his followers that they may never find a good friend, but they can be a good friend to others."
    - This was the answer!!!

    "Today, I will walk the talk, seeking nothing in return."
    - Amen

    Have the best day!

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  2. Father,
    I appreciate your genuine humility and honesty today. I can actually feel (sense) it.

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  3. A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.

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  4. I agree and commend you for your sincere honesty-many can completely relate to why you would have cancelled the appointment. Never forget that the talented gift of your delivery of God's truth to Him is worth your time even if it is just one! Thank you again and again Father.

    A True Friend in Christ

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  5. “I am with you always.”

    I've been going through some extremely difficult emotional times for months and the ONE thing that has pulled me through over and over and over are His words, “I am with you always”.

    Those five words have kept me from giving up, from running away, from allowing fear to keep me from my mission, from not complying to some very difficult actions I needed to take, from falling into a deep depression, from losing my faith and more.

    I believe He keeps his promises. I know he does. I don't know why I am still amazed when he answers my prayers in such obvious ways that point straight to Him. That may be a lack of faith in itself.

    Lord help me to under promise and over deliver the way you do!

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