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!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Mt 20:20-28 Ignoring The Past

Mt 20:20-28  Ignoring The Past
The mother of the sons of Zebedee approached Jesus with her sons and asked Him, “Command that these two sons of mine sit at your right and the other at your left.”
Though it may not be uncommon for a mom to seek the best for her children, it is uncommon for her to seek or accept what needs to take place for it to happen.
We can all agree on what’s wrong with society.  It’s another matter to agree on what it will take to fix it. 
“Can you drink the chalice that I am going to drink?”    If we are looking forward to the “future”, it would be wise to take a look at the past.  If we are planning for the future, we should bring along with us some lessons learned from the past.  We all have a tendency to say that the future is the brightest. And the reason why we say it is not necessarily because we believe.  I think it is because we want to believe it!  And the best way to believe it is to turn our backs on our past mistakes.
There’s nothing wrong with moving forward, but to do so, without ever correcting past mistakes, is a big mistake.  Maybe that’s why we find ourselves repeating history every seventy years, or in a lifetime.
I am amazed at how intelligent Marcel and DC comics are.  I mean, you would never think that Marvel or DC comics would have something more to offer mankind than just plan entertainment.  I am stunned at what I am about to say.  I think these two organizations would win an award for advancing the slowing down of science!  If you have seen any of their movies (Avengers, Captain America, Batman, Spider Man, etc…), you will find a common thread that runs through all of them:  The threat of unmitigated scientific research. 
Science can be a very dangerous thing to mankind. 
In DC comics latest hit, “The Dark Knight Rises”, Bruce Wayne unilaterally decides not to commercialize one of his greatest inventions:  a fusion machine; a machine that simulates how the sun shines and that would guarantee clean and reliable energy on earth forever.  Talk about current event issues!  Talk about not being politically correct!  Imagine for a moment a machine like that!  Think of its potentials!  How all wars over fossil fuels would come to an end; how natural resources could be preserved and conserved.  Think about what it would do to the Green Movement (and its political wing).  It would turn red with envy and with all sincerity!  It would finally show its true radical and communist colors! 
Now why in the world would Bruce Wayne hide this machine to the world?  In the movie, he makes his decision very clear.  He says, “If this machine ever got into the hands of the wrong people, it could destroy the world.  I won’t release it until society is ready for it.”   I won’t release it until society is ready for it?  Wow!  Amazing!  DC and Marvel understand history and human nature better than anyone else.  They understand that powerful toys in the hands of irreligious and unethical men could be a very dangerous thing.  It seems as though they understand how bright the future could be:  either as bright as the Son or as bright as an atomic explosion!
While I was a student at RIT, I remember a group of pacifists (nuns included) marching on campus and calling for an end to NATO and the CIA.  They were convinced that the end of Communism, the cold war, and Berlin Wall should mean the end of national security.  I would have loved to have seen their faces on September 11th, 2001. 
“A bright future” will always make for great propaganda, especially for those who tend to ignore past lessons and mistakes, like December 7th, 1941.  Never letting our guard down is one concrete lesson learned from our past that would help secure a bright future.
If you wish to bask in the sun, then be prepared to be baked in the sun.  That’s a hard taught lesson from our past.  Sacrifice, dedication and perseverance will always be necessary ingredients for greater glory.  The mother of the sons of Zebedee learned that lesson well, if she lived long enough to see it happen to her two boys. 
There is no Christ without a Cross.  There is no resurrection without a crucifixion.    
Why do we read Scripture?  To learn from the past and hope for a brighter future. 
If we keep ignoring God in our families, in our schools, in our entertainment and in our conversations, then how in this world will we have a brighter future?  Talk about creating high expectations for our kids with the idea of heaven on earth and leading them to a hell on earth!
One reason why we keep failing in our quest for a brighter future is because we keep ignoring the brighter moments of our past. 
There are two ways for an archer to hit his intended target:  either by shooting an arrow through it or by changing his mind.  The only reason why we keep thinking we are doing better is because we keep redefining what “success”, “life”, “marriage” and “family” mean.    But beware!  If we can play this game, than others can too, and with words like "freedom" and "liberty". 
Let's put an end to wishful thinking not by putting an end to happy endings but by putting to rest the mistakes of our past.

1 comment:

  1. Excellent meditation, Father Alfonse! So much spiritual fruit to reflect on. I'll have to chew on this for a while....

    "Sacrifice, dedication and perseverance will always be necessary ingredients for greater glory." Wonderful and so true! If we can all sacrifice, preserve, and dedicate our lives to learning from our past failures and strive to be holier the world can change for the better.

    Are we unable to permanently bury our past mistakes because of ignorance, pride, or laziness? Are the past indiscretions a comfort: A familiarity we hold tight and cannot let go? I know I've made mistakes in my past I've regretted. I've even repeated these mistakes out of habit! I think of the Sacrament of Reconciliation as the best way to deal with past mistakes and learn to make wiser decisions in the future.

    It's so difficult to come up with a solutions to our emerging godless society. When superheroes like Batman, Spiderman, and other DC Comic characters become more important than God I shake my head in disapproval. I think about all of the attention focused on the orange hair "Joker" Aurora Shooter and think of history repeating itself over and over and over. Maybe if God was this man's role model instead of movie villains and guns the violence would never happen? He grew up in a Lutheran home which I find ironic in light of recent events.



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