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, May 17, 2011

John 10:22-30 How Long Will You Keep Us In Suspense?

John 10:22-30 How Long Will You Keep Us In Suspense?

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Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of Man and the Son of God, has revealed himself to all. He is God. His words, his actions, his way of life are so beautiful, so amazing and so inspiring. Only God could do what he did. Only God could love as much as He did. Only God could challenge us and caress us as He did. The Pharisees and the Scribes demand more signs, more miracles and more time but the Lord will give them less for their hearts are not into it. They DO NOT wish to see, or hear, or believe.

Just a few days ago, the Lord reminded us that all who have gone before Him are “thieves and robbers” (John 10:1-10). Why thieves and robbers? Why such strong words? Because the Good Shepherd lays down his life for his sheep. He goes before them in everything. He even leads them to the slaughter. The thieves and robbers lead the sheep astray. They are not interested in their safety. They are interested in their own interests. They seek something in return.

How long will you keep us in suspense? When will we see Jesus for who He truly is? When will this day come? When we die. When we end our earthly existence and enter the fullness of life. Although they existed long before man did, it took us centuries to discover atoms and to harness their power. And still, they always existed. You ask, “If God exists, then when will he appear?” My response is always the same, “He did, in the person of Jesus Christ. But if you are asking why not now, my response is ‘Not yet and not in this life.’” You say, “Well then he doesn’t exist!” I say, “If you say that, then you are saying we have discovered everything! And that there is nothing left to discover! And we all can agree that that is not the case at all.” How long will the Lord keep us in suspense? It depends on us and not on Him. He has revealed himself in so many ways, in so many days and in so many of his faithful followers. The Saint, the Hero, the Christian is and will always be “another Christ.”

We all know the Lord is an expert in turning things around. He now asks us, “How long will you keep us in suspense?” Yes, the Lord has every right to ask this question too, and he is dying for our response! How long will it take before I finally live a Christian life? How long will I keep everyone in suspense? The Lord did his part. He suffered and died for me and for my salvation. His passion, his love, his drive has blinded Him to our apathy, our ignorance, our pride and past. If a man is willing to risk death to save another, then we can only be filled with awe when we imagine what God went through to save us, to love us. I personally believe that the only proper gesture to all this love is to bow our heads in shame, for we continue to give our Savior a lukewarm response to so much love and devotion.

How long will you keep us in suspense is a ploy, a decoy, for those who have evil and ambitious plans. But for the Lord it is an appeal, a hope that He has for each and every one of us, for the world is waiting for another Saint! How long will it take before you finally reveal who you are; who you were made to be and why you are loved so much?

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