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!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Mk 9:30-37 Preparing For the Worst

Mk 9:30-37 Preparing For the Worst

When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so that when you die, you’re the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying. (- from Coffee News)

The Lord sat his disciples down and told them, “The Son of Man is to be handed over to men and they will kill him, and three days after his death he will rise.” But they did not understand the saying, and they were afraid to ask.

Did they not understand? I have a hard time believing that they did not understand the plain and simple truth the Lord was expounding to them. It must have been more like a horrible shock, like those who say, “What part of ‘no’ did you not understand!”

I believe with all my heart that the hearts and minds of the Apostles could not even begin to fathom, let alone imagine their life without the Lord. What would they do? How would they continue? After all, they knew better than anyone else, “We are not you.” They could never speak like Jesus. They could never perform the miracles that the Lord performed – raise the dead, cure the sick, heal the brokenhearted. They lacked faith and hope, not to mention the tremendous amount of love the Lord possessed in his very being. How could they go on? What could they possibly offer the world but a memory? And yet the greatest miracle, the conversion of billions of people to Christ, is living testimony to the greatest miracle the world has ever believed: The Resurrection. There is life after death. There is something to hope for; something to die for; someone to believe in. They saw it with their own eyes and their eyes were never the same again. Now it is time for them to hear it again, for a second time, “I will be killed.”

The Lord was preparing them for the worst and telling them, “You must continue.”

Just yesterday a beloved son, brother, husband and father died in his home from an apparent heart attack. It came as a complete surprise to all. He was forty-five. He was loved by many, especially his wife of over twenty years and adored by his children. To all who knew him, his death sent an entire community and student body into mourning. He was loved by so many. His wife and children ask, “How will we go on without him?” “It will never be the same again?” Are these not the same words that the Apostles, the Lord’s family, must have been muttering on that awful Friday afternoon? What is striking in all of this is the similarity between our God and our lives; his family and our family; His death and our death. The Lord spent time with those he loved. We spend time with those we love too. We know that our lives are a gift. We must prepare for the worst. And the worst is not our death, but the separation that comes from it. That is by far the worst.

Let us all learn from the Lord and from his apostles. We should never take anyone for granted. Cherish every day, every smile, every laugh, every conversation, every lesson we can take in. From this day forward one hopes that the Apostles no longer wasted time asking, “Who would be the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven!” For the days are counted, the months give way to years and the years to a life time that is only the smallest portion of our eternal existence. Let us all prepare for the worst by recalling the greatest truth ever: “Whoever receives me, receives the one who sent me."


  1. I couldn’t believe it when I read this today. It’s pretty disturbing, but preparing for the loss of my husband was exactly what my meditation was about this morning. I tried to shake it off and think of something else, but I couldn’t. I don’t know if your words were consoling or discouraging but I felt anxiety as I read them. I don’t know if the Lord is trying to prepare me or just get me to be more loving and appreciate the time I have with him right now.

    The words “you’ll regret it if you don’t” resonated in my head as I was meditating. I think a priest told me that once, twice, no I believe it was on three different occasions. I don’t know if he was prophetic or trying to kick me in the rear. But today I am taking it seriously.

    I know the day will come, I hope it isn’t soon, but when it comes I don’t want to have regrets. I already have plenty of them.

    Thank you Father for the kick in the rear, yet again.

  2. I never thought of this before. I know the grief I’ve experienced in the loss of feeling His presence. I was thinking this must be what they are talking about when they say the pain in purgatory is the absence of God. I can’t imagine living with Jesus, sitting and talking to him, eating with him, just being with him like they were and then, Him no longer being there. The grief had to be horrendous. It had to be some super duper grace that helped get them through it as well as Pentecost. It sounds like Pentecost was euphoria on steroids!


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