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 15, 2012

John 16:12-15 One Glass of Truth

John 16:12-15  One Glass of Truth  
Jesus said to his disciples:  “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.  But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth.” 
Jesus said to his disciples.  In the past few days (maybe even weeks) I have started every single one of my meditations with these words.  They are important.  They are included in our Lectionary.  They are a simple yet strong reminder that the Lord is not only speaking to disciples of two thousand years ago, He is also speaking to us.  Jesus said to his disciples”.  Are you listening?
The Spirit of Truth.  I use a microscope to see the tiniest details in things.  I use a telescope to see the furthest things from me.  But in all that I see, I use my eye to capture it all.  I use my brain to process it all.   Well, the same holds true for the Truth.  I use my senses to capture it all.  I use my brain to process it all.  But I must also use the Holy Spirit to correctly interpret it all.  Are you doing that too?
How far can you see?  Oh, say can you see…  How far can you go?  Alone...not far at all; but with the gift of the Holy Spirit, I can reach the furthest heights and depths of things.  I can reach where no ear has heard or eye has seen.  Let’s do it.  Let’s get to the bottom of things.  Let’s get to the truth of things.
I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.  Why Lord?  What stops us from becoming more like you?  Are you to blame?  Is there a defect within your design?  Did you make our hearts too small to love?  Did you make our Will too weak to follow?  Did you make our intellect too loose to grasp?  No.  I know the truth.  It’s not that at all.  Come now friends, we know it’s not that at all.  We know what it is.  Come; let us accept things for what they are.  Let us stop blaming the Lord for our mistakes.  Let us stop praying to the Lord that he “come to us” or that he "never abandon us” or that he “help us.”  Why do I speak this way?  Why do I speak as if he never came into the world?  We all know what he did.  We all know why he died.  Must the Lord speak to us directly?  Must he breathe for us as well?  Is that the problem?  I have a better idea.  Let us turn our prayers to the Lord for trust.  Trust in Him!  More trust in Him and less trust in our selves!  More trust in His Truth and less trust in our collective mindedness.  More trust in the teachings of His Church and less trust in our own theories.  For truth goes beyond our times; personal experiences; personal discoveries; our culture; even our life.  And we know it.  We just don’t like to admit it.  Our pride keeps getting in the way of things, like truth. 
Falling stars. We have caught a glimpse of them.  Read your old text books and catch a glimpse of the stars that fell from the sky.  Stars like Thomas Malthus and Margaret Sanger, Charles Darwin and Richard Dawkins, Karl Marx and Joseph Stalin. We have seen what happens when we think we know it all.  We convince one another and end up at war with all. 
Come, let’s do it.  Let us admit our pride and how it turns our minds inward and all wiggly; and wow, how it can wiggle itself out of just about anything:  out of fault, out of guilt and out of our minds!  We know what we can do.  We can justify just about anything in our life, can’t we?  We can blame our family for all our ills; blame a spouse for all our woes; blame our children for growing old; blame a Church for all our guilt.  And best of all, blame ourselves for nothing at all. 
Come, let us go through the Litany of Litanies: 
“I am a sinner!” what did you expect? 
“I am only human!” what more did you want?
“I am what I am!” I was born this way.
Ah yes, all sin and no space for grace.    
Stop being so negative!  The “experts” tell us.  Close your eyes and count to ten and wish all your problems away. 
But they don’t go away.  They come back, and with a vengeance, because we simply refuse to fill our half-empty or half-full glass .  Do I put my hand over the glass and refuse a re-fill?

Yes, “I was born a sinner”, but I can die a Saint.  Yes, “I am limited by my humanity”, but I can evolve through Christianity!  Yes, “I am what I am” , but “who I am” is based entirely upon me, by the decisions I make in my life.
Why be content to keeping the glass half-full or half-empty when the Lord took what belonged to Him and gave it to us!  He said, “The Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth…He will take from what is mine and declare it to you.” 
“I came to serve, not to be served” (Mt 20:28).  The Lord waits on us.  When our glass was half-empty (or half-full) he came over to us and filled it up.  “Come to me all who are thirsty” (Mt 11:28).  He is the solution to our thirst.   He is the solution to our worries.  He is the solution to our woes.
“Give us solutions”, you say.  Lead us and we shall follow!  How will you follow if you continue to drive yourself insane?  How will you achieve anything if you continue to blame God for everything, including your own problems?  Judas questioned the Lord in everything, and it drove him insane.  Actually, his problem was not that he questioned everything.  His problem was that He refused to accept the Lord’s answers. 
I AM WHO I AM.  Get it?   There is no other Lord than I the LORD.  Get it?  I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.  Get it?  No one comes to the Father except through me.  Get it?
Go ahead. It’s time to make a decision. The devil’s web is getting larger and larger and evil’s grip is getting tighter and tighter. You can sit and mope, complain all you want about the rules and give up and die.  Or you can leave behind your pride, your vanity and your sensuality and follow the Lord. 
We can fight and tackle each other on worthless things or we can tackle the world’s problems and fight for Christ and heavenly things.
One free glass of Truth should help you decide.  Refills included.


  1. Wow, very powerful words...

    My stress level has been off the Richter Scale these past week or so. I've been irritable and cranky. I admit a few of your posts and comments have really !@#$ me off. I figure I feel that way because of my mental state. Normally I totally agree with your thoughts.

    Seems like the more agitated and negative I get, the less I want to follow the Lord. "Stop being negative" is valid advice. It's not a matter of "wishing all of your problems away." It's all about refocusing energy and thoughts on ways to effectively handle a problem. (I think the Lord wishes all of us to be positive thinkers.) We definitely need to fill our wine glasses full with the Blood of Christ! Drink his Precious Blood and allow Him to work his profound "truth" into our souls! Complaining and moping around does nothing good but keep the Devil happy and evil alive. However, placing 100% trust in God is not an easy task. I find myself always worrying about stupid little problems that I have no control over. Headaches, sleepless nights, and a bad attitude doesn't make things go any smoother. I get tired of the insanity that all of this worrying causes. Our Lord is always there to help if I can only get the courage to listen and follow.



    P.S. Typo correction: "I can reach where no ear..." instead of "wear". ;)

  2. I enjoy all the comments because they stimulate thought. Well done to all!!!

  3. “They are a simple yet strong reminder that the Lord is not only speaking to disciples of two thousand years ago, He is also speaking to us. “Jesus said to his disciples”. Are you listening?.......... But I must also use the Holy Spirit to correctly interpret it all. Are you doing that too?..........I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. Why Lord?................... Let us turn our prayers to the Lord for trust. Trust in Him! More trust in Him and less trust in our selves! “

    I think I see what you are saying. I believe He is speaking to us, to me. I know He is and I hear Him, or is it Him?.....OK, I use the Holy Spirit, or is it the ‘holy’ spirit? All those Protestants who interpret the Bible in ways other than the way the Catholic Church interprets it, believe The Holy Spirit is leading them. So how do we know when it’s the Holy Spirit we’re listening to? We know we can’t rely on feelings. So how do we know? Yes, I’ve studied Ignatiusion discernment of spirits, but really, that takes years of practice, trial and error. What do we do in the mean time?

    I know there are many things the Lord has to tell me, but many of those things are not meant for now…right now in my life. I know that and yet it discourages me because I want to be so much farther along spiritually. And yet I know that if He gave me the ‘knowledge’ that I would either, not understand it, use it in a wrong way, or lay it aside because I don’t have a use for it at the time and when it comes time, I’d forget about it. So I know why but I have a hard time accepting it.

    Trust in the Lord. I believe that I trust in Him, at least somewhat. What holds me back is not my lack of trust in Him, but my trust in my own ability to discern and to know what it is He is leading me toward or what He is saying to me.
    I guess I’m afraid of making a mistake. Maybe you should add perfectionism to the list of pride and vanity.

    Do you have any answers or suggestions? Or are there any?

  4. A recent article from Our Holy Father regarding praying with the Holy Spirit and the wonderful consequences:


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