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, July 15, 2011

Mt 12:1-8 Doing What Is Perfectly Unlawful But Just

Mt 12:1-8 Doing What Is Perfectly Unlawful But Just

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Jesus was going through a field of grain on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick the heads of grain and eat them. The Pharisees said to Jesus, “See, your disciples are doing what is unlawful to do on the Sabbath.”

They did. And so did David. And I suspect some Pharisees did the same while they were not being stalked. I would have loved to have seen their faces, Peter and John and James, looking like children who just got caught by their mother with their hands in the cookie jar. But it wasn’t their mother. It was their nosy neighbor.

Atheists and rationalists are our nosy-neighbors today. They insist on this fallacy called “separation of Church and State.” They go around, like the Pharisees, trying to trap and accuse Christians, who made this nation, of destroying our nation.

A Wisconsin based religious freedom group is suing Texas Gov. Rick Perry for promoting and participating in an all-day Christian prayer event to be held on August 6th, arguing that it violates the constitutional separation of Church and state. The organization began with Dan Barker, a former evangelical Christian minister who is now an atheist. Apparently God no longer deserves Mr. Baker’s faith, hope and love because God did not give Mr. Baker what he asked for. And now he insists that God does not deserve America’s faith, hope or love either. He states, “The answers to America’s problems won’t be found on our knees or in heaven, but by using our brains, our reason and in compassionate action.” Let’s see…using our brains in compassionate action… such as… abortion? I agree. It only takes brains and skill to carefully crush a baby’s skull without harming his mother. This is one example of a reasonable man who uses his brain alone (and not his soul) and considers himself compassionate. This is one way America can solve its problems.

In his opinion, “prayer and fasting are not only an ineffectual use of time and government resources, but can also be harmful or counterproductive as a substitute for reasoned action.” Reasoned action? Here is just another old, stale and absurd assertion. Are we to believe that elected officials, (who would prefer not to fast, pray or sacrifice) have given America reasoned action? They have. In the past thirty years they have reasoned their way to at least five major wars/conflicts and have justified a debt that has not made our lives in the least bit better! I would like to remind Mr. Barker that reasonable men and women have done little to nothing to stop war or poverty. Mother Teresa did more for the poor in India than any government run institution in the world. Are reasonable bureaucrats better than sisters of Charity or brothers of St. Francis? If our politicians simply fasted, sacrificed, and prayed, we would have monks rather than politicians. We would not be in debt due to reasonable wars but rather opening doors and changing hearts and minds with inexpensive and low tech gadgets such as humility and convincing love as St. Francis did over eight hundred years ago in the Middle East. His actions were successful, a lot cheaper, much more productive and highly unreasonable!

Finally, we have the fiasco of NBC. The station issued a formal apology to members of Congress for opening its broadcast of the U.S. Open championship with a montage that included children reciting the pledge without the words “under God” and “indivisible.” If you haven’t noticed yet, this is just one of the latest of a series of attempts to get rid of Christianity from all public forums.

The dictators of relativism thought they could get away with it. They were wrong! Kyle McSlarrow, president of Comcast and NBC Universal, apologized for the “serious error in judgment by a small group of people” who have been “reprimanded.”

I am sorry, but I don’t buy it at all! It was a serious error for NBC only because a ton of people were furious over it and that’s not good for business. A small group of people means it was a committee that apparently had the position, the power and the trust of the big guys on top! They were reprimanded, which means, they were not fired. I do not need to remind you of the countless men and women, who work in the public square, who have been fired because they took a stance on moral issues and were on the wrong side of the new world order of insanity.

What happened to the Pharisees will happen to those who oppose God. The Pharisees stood on the right side of world history and fell on the wrong side of salvation history. In both cases, they became irrelevant.