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!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Lk 16:1-13 Small Matters

Sunday of the Twenty-Fifth Week In Ordinary Time
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Jesus said to his disciples, "...The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones; and the person who is dishonest in very small matters is also dishonest in great ones."

Small matters.  Most things in life begin small, even our biggest struggles and triumphs. 

For good or for bad, small matters.  

I know of many people who struggle with pornography.  I know many who struggle with drug addiction and eating disorders.  In almost all these cases, I can say their problem started off small and when they were small.  But over time, their "small" problem began to occupy more and more of their precious time and attention.  It began to consume their thoughts and take over their life.  Today, they are at the point where their problem has taken on life of its own, sucking life out of them and demanding more and more from them.  They can't keep up.  So now they resort to stealing and cheating and to doing things they never dreamed they would ever do.

"Hear this, you who trample upon the needy and destroy the poor of the land!  ...Who buy the lowly for silver, and the poor for a pair of sandals; and even sell the refuse of the wheat!"

Small matters! Boy does it matter, for good or for bad.

St. Therese of Lisieux (or of the little flower) understood how small matters, and in a very good way.  Although this saint died young, she is considered a giant among the theologians of the Church.  Why?  Because she discovered that love can manifest itself in simple (little) ways.  Her "little way" is a remarkable testimony of how one little soul can unite to God's enormous plan of love and make a difference in the world.   

Small matters!

Small and significant.  When the Pope said the Church should stop obsessing over abortion, gay-marriage and sex, I believe he was indirectly asking the media to stop obsessing over abortion, gay-marriage and sex.   If you don't believe me, then just Google his name and you will know what I mean.  And from the latest media reports, you would think his recent 12,000-word interview consisted of just 3-words.  

So read this beautiful interview, available from America magazine, and you will find a treasure-trove of reality, simplicity, humility - well, Christianity.  In other words, you will find so much more than what the media drools over. 

I would even dare say you might find yourself in the Pope's words and in his shoes.

"Who are you?"  This was the very first question the Pope was asked.  This is what he said:  "I am a sinner. This is the most accurate definition. It is not a figure of speech, a literary genre. I am a sinner."

Wow!  This is deep.  This is profound.  So much in so few words.  Now, please don't think Pope Francis was the very first Pope to admit this.  No.  In fact, every Pope, starting with St. Peter (cf. Lk 5:8), has admitted this.  Maybe that is why it didn't make much news.  But calling oneself a sinner is still big news to me because it's rare news, especially in the Western world that no longer believes in a little word called sin. 

Unfortunately, we also have a bad habit of linking things small with the word insignificant, as if the two were meant to be with one another.

Think about it, some people think the Earth is insignificant simply because it is physically small.  Some still believe that one person is insignificant because they are only one.  They think small is insignificant because it is small.  Well, it is not.  Everything is significant.  Everything!  Even nothing is significant, especially if something is made from "it".

So now we know the Pope is a sinner.  This is significant!  We know that sinners still exist - at least one - and that this sinner is a Catholic, of course! 

Believe me, this is great news!  This is Good News!  For if sinners still exist, then a Savior is still needed, which is even bigger news!

But I have noticed something.  Why is it always the humble, the meek and humble of heart, who call themselves sinners?  Why not the powerful?  Why are the lambs willing to admit being wolves, while the wolves continue to dress like lambs?

I do not believe Kim Jung-un or Joseph Stalin or Karl Marx or Friedrich Nietzsche or Pol Pot or Jean-Paul Sartre or any others like them ever admitted to being a sinner.  If anything, I think they would all agree that being a sinner is irrelevant since neither God or sin exists.  After all, I am who I am.  

Interesting... In Hebrew, this means "Yahweh" and it recalls man's first temptation and sin:  "You can be just like God" (cf. Gen. 3:5).

I find it interesting how these individuals are all on the losing side of history. 

The beauty of being a sinner.  What is weird about declaring oneself a sinner is what happens next:  it immediately opens the person up to forgiveness, which opens them up to being declared a saint.  Now don't forget what the Holy Father said.  He made it very clear.  He's not trying to fool anyone.  He's not trying to act humble.  He's not trying to make a good impression.  No.  He made it very clear.  "This is not a figure of speech, a literary genre.  I am a sinner."

Great things can begin from small acts, and this was the shot that was heard across the world.  

Let's see if other world leaders will follow. 

Now I am not a world leader, but I will admit it again:  I am a sinner.  Really!  And I am not proud of it.

When the Pope says he is a sinner, an honest-to-God sinner, he is opening himself up to God and encouraging others to enter a brave new world with him:  the world of redemption and salvation.  And by admitting he is a sinner, the Pope is also admitting he cannot serve two masters: himself and his Savior, his greed and his Creed.

But most importantly, it means that no matter what people may think of us, the truth is the truth...and the Truth shall set us free.

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  1. These might be weird questions, but... When Pope Francis goes to confession, where does he go? I mean, does he have another priest that he always goes to or can he go wherever he wants? Wouldn't it be really hard for him to go and not be recognized? Do you think he would even want to remain anonymous during confession?

  2. - "When Pope Francis goes to confession, where does he go? "

    He can go wherever he wants (like all of us) and with any priest he wants (like all of us).

    - "Wouldn't it be really hard for him to go and not be recognized?"

    I don't think he really cares about that.

    - Do you think he would even want to remain anonymous during confession?

    Not really. He knows that we are all in the battle together.

  3. What makes a saint? Is it more important to become a saint and ask God to change me or is it to ask God to help me change the world around me? Or both?

    Is it our fight against abortion b/c of the sheer numbers or can we "help" God more by conquering our worst enemy: only one: myself? I absolutely love your meditation on the little flower! She is a Dr of the Church because of her unbelievable confidence in God and His Loving Mercy!!!! She did not find a "cause". Do you know what I
    mean? Please help me on this one. What do you think?

  4. It is amazing how God works in our lives and the plans He has for us. Yet we dare to question His infinite Love and Mercy.

    Today I read a meditation titled Small matters, by Fr. Alfonse.
    St. Therese of Lisieux…, discovered that love can manifest itself in simple (little) ways. I share father's thought in relation to my daughter's birthday…"remarkable testimony of how one little soul can unite to God's enormous plan of love and make a difference in the world." Victoria Antoinette Holmes you are my Small matter and you do make a difference in our world. Happy Sweet Sixteen.

    This is the story of my "Small matter."

    There was a moment in my life that I questioned how we were going to be able to afford another baby. There was a time that I doubted Gods plan and failed to trust, because of this I failed to enjoy the moment for a while of being a Mom again. Little did I know that the little miracle that was growing in my body was the Lord showing His love and mercy for me.
    When I found out I was pregnant with Victoria, Charles and I were a little shocked since we had pretty much self diagnosed ourselves as not being able to have any more children, especially since we had not been "taking care" of ourselves for several years. We thought that because he had been exposed to a bad case of chicken pox as an adult, right after Charles A. was born, that we couldn't have anymore children.
    During this time I also began to gain a lot of weight. And my vanity would just not allow it so I started getting desperate and looked into taking what we now know was one of the worst diet pills ever prescribed, Fen-Phen. I thought I was doing the right thing because I was going through it with medical advice from expert doctors and nurses. I remember getting the call to let me know that all my tests had come back with no problem and they were ready to give me a consultation to get my prescribed diet pills. I called Charles and told him what I would be doing and again through God's intervention and a Daddy's gut feeling he asked me to call back and ask if they could do a pregnancy test with the blood samples they already had. Of course the contradictory person that I am I assured him that they could not do such thing. How could they possibly check to see if I was pregnant, that blood sample was probably trashed or too old, who had heard of such a thing. But to make him happy and to get his total support I agreed. I called and the nurse said they would be able to check and would call the lab. Well low and behold the nurse calls me and tells me "Congratulations Mrs. Holmes you are going to have a baby!" Unbelievable! Are you serious, it was baby fat I was gaining?! Then of course I had to tell my Hubby he was right. Now I see my little Viki as the little baby who saved my life. I would have definitely taken those diet pills should I not have been expecting her. The crazy thing about all this is that I didn't even realize His works until today. My eyes were finally opened as I contemplated about her life. What a true Angel you are, you are Heaven sent.

    1. Beautiful story! Thanks for sharing, Anonymous! :)

  5. Sometimes it is easier to do Anonymous, by the time I select a profile, remember my password is just easier to click Anonymous and send :)


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