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, January 10, 2012

Mk 1:21-28 Seeking and Failing to Destroy Christ

Mk 1:21-28 Seeking and Failing to Destroy Christ

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Jesus came to Capernaum with his followers, and on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught. A man with an unclean spirit cried out, “What you have to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us?”

How interesting…How interesting it is indeed. In the above account, we have a man, possessed by an unclean spirit, taunting the Son of God. You would think that it would hide or run from the Lord. And yet, it doesn’t. Instead, the evil spirit stands toe-to-toe with the Lord, convincing itself that it can gain some type of advantage from it. But in thinking so, it ends up destroying itself and revealing the glory of God to an amazed audience.

Maybe that is what it wanted to do in the first place. After all, evil reveals beauty, for if something is ugly, then it can only be ugly if there is something beautiful to compare it to.

I have to tell you all that I am so sick and tired of all the comedians, actors, hairdressers and newspaper columnists making fun of Tim Tebow. In the fallen world we live in, when we don’t fully understand something, like religion or a religious man, we make fun of it. When a criminal hacks a person to death and puts their body parts in a freezer, we immediately label them “nuts” or “crazy”. When someone believes in God and lives their faith faithfully, we make fun of them. It’s that simple. We fancy ourselves in thinking that we have progressed from the “Dark Ages.” In reality, we, the children of the Enlightenment, are far more intolerant than our ancestors! If you don’t believe me then you should read what the lefties and homosexual lobbyists (aided by Google) have written in regards to former Senator and Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

The Lord healed a man that was possessed. What was the reaction from the open minded public? They were “amazed and asked one another, “What is this? He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.” What was the reaction of the Pharisees and the Scribes? We can safely say their minds were filled with disbelief and a sudden wave of disgust. Regardless of them, the Lord still performed his miracle for the open minded.

During this past Sunday’s football playoff game, Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos passed for 316 yards against the Pittsburg Steelers defense. While Tim played for the Florida Gators, he always touted the Bible verse Jn 3:16 on his eye-black. 316 yards…Jn 3:16? Hmm... Well, it gets even more interesting. It turns out that Tim Tebow set an NFL playoff record with 31.6 yards per completion. 31.6 yards…Jn 3:16? Now wait until I tell you this next one. Well, his favorite receiver on Sunday was Demaryius Thomas. Thomas was responsible for the game-winning touchdown in overtime. What a late (overtime) Christmas present that was for Tim Tebow! It turns out that Demaryius Thomas celebrates his birthday on December 25th of every year! Do you know anyone else who has a birthday celebration on December 25th? (The answer is not Santa Claus)

A lot of people would love to silence Tim Tebow. But even when he does not speak, it seems as though he still gets his message out loud and clear! That is, He is still able to evangelize a people in a nation that is quickly turning its back on God and salvation.

The Lord obviously continues to play a big role in that!