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!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Mt 13:31-35 From Smallest To Largest

Mt 13:31-35 From Smallest To Largest

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“[The Lord] proposed another parable. The Kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field. It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants.”

I cannot think of a single thing in existence that did not start off small. Even our universe is the result of a tiny explosion. Even our Lord began as a child.

I said I cannot think of a single thing that did not start off small. This is true not only in the physical world but also in the spiritual realm. “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed.” Mary was the first to believe and rightly so is the mother of all believers. She is the Mother of the Church. Her yes - her faith and love – initiated the tremor that would eventually become an earthquake that would be felt throughout the world. Her yes was the first glimmer of light from the sun that would rise and bring light to the world.

Great things start off small. It is also true that horrible things start off small.

We have all heard of the massacre in Norway. Anders Behring Breivik, a Norwegian citizen, was captured by police and has confessed to having placed a bomb outside the government’s headquarters. He has also confessed to police of having killed over sixty children attending a political rally on an island campsite.

Who was this man? Early reports linked him to Christian fundamentalism. This is very disturbing; after all, a Christian fundamentalist is unlike any other fundamentalist. By definition, he is someone who adheres to and strictly abides to the teachings of Christ. This label b y the media is a callous attempt to group all sorts of fundamentalists into one category: evil.

What the politically-correct and highly anti-Christian media would love to say is, “You see, there is such a thing as Christian fundamentalists, and they are just as bad as Muslim fundamentalists!” Not so fast! In fact, as the media continues to try to get the story straight on this massacre, there appears to be a downplaying of any type of Christian affiliation for Anders. In fact, unlike Muslim jihadists, who routinely frequent their local Mosque for instruction, authorities are not even sure if this “Christian fundamentalist” and Mass Murderer ever went to Church! The truth shall be known, but many lies shall be left in print.

Who are the Christian radicals? Who are the Christian fundamentalists? They are the Saints! They are the men and women who lived life like Christ. They are the Jesus-like peacemakers who were butchered during the French Revolution and the Spanish Civil War. They are the Jesus-like meek and humble of heart who took the place of condemned men in the Nazi concentration camps. They are the Jesus-like lambs who volunteered to lay down their life and go on remote islands to love lepers and die as a leper. They are the highly irrational and unreasonably Jesus-like poor-in-spirit who beg for the poor so that they can live as sisters to the poor.

Fundamentalists go after the heart of their founders. They are all like mustard seeds; they start off small, like their founders. But when the Christian fundamentalist is fully grown, he self-destructs unlike others! His dying to self gives life to others.

If there is anything that we can say about them, it would have to be that they are the Big Bang that is not of this world!