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, October 31, 2012
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
I really enjoy watching our students compete in the various competitions throughout the school year, especially the sporting events. I really do! And I try to make it to as many of them as possible. Right now we are nearing the end of the volleyball and football season. Due to the fact that our volleyball games are on Saturday and our football games are on Sunday, you can understand that, as a priest, it’s not always possible to attend. In fact, it takes a great deal of sacrifice. After all, I too enjoy a little break – some quiet time or alone time – as well.
So it took me by surprise, a few Saturday’s ago, that as I was walking towards the gym to watch a volleyball game, a parent kindly came up to me to tell me that this one particular coach didn’t appreciate my presence at “her” games. As you can imagine, I was shocked. I asked why? I was told that I was a distraction to the kids. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I know the kids want me at their games because they always ask me to be there. I told the parent, “But I think I’m actually helping them!” Well, I walked in and made my presence known and felt by cheering and stomping on the bleachers (only at the appropriate times). The kids loved it and, I guess, “most importantly”, they won.
As a priest, I have attended a lot of catholic school games: basketball, football, soccer, volleyball, even lacrosse! I have to admit though, this was not the first time in twenty years that a coach did not welcome my presence or cheering; but it was the first time that it came from my own school!
You see, the parents and coaches of the opposing teams consider my presence as "an unfair advantage". And often, they come up to me afterwards and say something like: “It was nice to see you at the game, Father. I wish our priest could do the same thing for our kids.”
There are some people in this world that simply don’t get it. They think so much about the “now” that they forget the “later”. What will our kids remember most? They won’t remember the victories as much as they remember the support, the love, the sacrifices, and the commitment that was made for them. Yes, they will never forget the faith we had in them.
The Lord cured the sick on the Sabbath. He healed those who were scared and suffering. He made sure that wherever He went His presence would be felt - regardless of whether or not He was in the synagogue or in the market squares.
There are some people in this world that would love to limit our love, our cheer, our presence, and, of course, our faith. The Lord made it clear: every moment of every day is a God-given moment. We are called to make the most of it.
“Blessed is the man who follows not the counsel of the wicked nor walks in the way of sinners, nor sits in the company of the insolent…He is like a tree…that yields fruit in due season” (Psalm 1).
The love of God and of our faith is a fruit that is never out of season. Every day and every place is a time and place for faith and love.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Christians are blind too; but fortunately, as blind as Bartimaeus. They get Him, without seeing Him.
Why the discrepancy? Are we not all sinners? Are we not all in need of forgiveness?
Because they know the secret of Confession. They know that they can throw everything at Jesus – all their sins – and they will still be loved.
Why do teenagers rebel against their parents? Because they know the secret. They know they can throw the kitchen sink at their mother and cuss at their father and there is nothing they can say or do that will stop their parents from loving them. But is this the way we should treat those who love us the most? Should we take for granted those who love us the most and abuse them?
It’s time to treat those who love us the most with love and humility. Poverty does not make you more faithful. Wealth does not make you less faithful. It is God’s love and our humility that makes us more faith-filled and more loving.
The more you are loved, the less obnoxious you become. The less obnoxious you are, the more humble you become. The more humble you are, the more faith-filled you become.
Bartimaeus won the heart of Christ with his beautiful and humble prayer: “Jesus, have pity on me.” If you want to hold the Lord in the palm of your hand, then pray like that! He is a sucker for the meek and humble of heart.
The Lord cannot say “No!” to the prayers of these people. He always hears (and answers) the cries of the sinner.
How different Bartimaeus’ prayer is to that of the Apostles: “Jesus, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” The problem with this prayer is that it limits Christ's love. This is not the prayer of a Christian, let alone an Apostle. It is the prayer typical of an atheist: “Do what I ask of you and I will believe! Do it now!”
Did you ever notice how Christ responded to Bartimaeus’ humble prayer? He said, “What is it that you want?” In other words, the Lord gave Bartimaeus a blank check to ask for whatever he wanted. You see, a humble prayer, and not a demanding one, opens the heart of God to anything we want. It does not limit it.
Humility and love flood the depths of our hell on earth. They turn our blindness and emptiness to joyfulness and witnesses. Not only did the blind man believe before he could see; but once he saw, he began to witness.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
It will not be rooted in me. It will be rooted in Jesus Christ.
I sometimes imagine that at the end of my life I will be handed a few lists outlining all the things I complained about; all the time I wasted; all the excuses I made, and all the things I considered to be very important. I fear that moment may be a bit embarrassing - not so much for what is on my lists - but when I compare it to God’s immense love and mercy I received throughout my life.