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, September 3, 2013

Luke 4:31-37 Children Of The Light

Tuesday of the Twenty-Second Week In Ordinary Time
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Jesus went down to Capernaum, a town of Galilee.  He taught them on the Sabbath, and they were astonished at his teaching because he spoke with authority. 

The Lord never traveled far.  He didn't have to.  Everything He needed to know, everything He needed to experience, and everything He needed was near to Him. 

During Christ's time on earth, there were holy and unholy people; powerful and powerless people; arrogant and humble folks surrounding Him.  There was poverty and disease all around Him.  There were believers and non-believers in His midst.

He didn't need to go to the Philippines to do missionary work.  He didn't need to collect pennies in Galilee to fight corruption in East Africa.  He didn't need to watch the horrors of life on TV.  He saw all these things on a daily basis.  He saw all these things around town.

Teenagers often think that once they get out of school - leave their little "bubble" - they will be accepted and loved for being who they are.  They're wrong.  There will still be plenty of people that will hate them, ridicule them, embarrass them, gossip about them and hold a grudge against them.  A change in schools does not necessarily translate into a change in how people see things and them.
St. Paul reminds his brethren:  "You, brothers and sisters, are not in are children of the light and children of the day" (1Thess. 5:9-11).

Are you holding a grudge against someone?  Is this grudge filling your life with dark thoughts, dark dreams and dark actions?  

Have you come to destroy us?  A man with an unclean spirit approached Jesus and cried out:  "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?  Have you come to destroy us?"

Disturbed people tend to say disturbing things. 

The atheist and well-educated Richard Dawkins tends to say very disturbing things.  Disturbing, because education is suppose to solve the problem of intolerance.  Recently, I found a t-shirt sold by an atheist organization that was very disturbing to me.  It read: "Religion.  Together we can find the cure." This is very disturbing; as disturbing as Hitler's final solution (or cure) to a problem that never really existed but was created by the mind of a very disturbed man. 

The thoughts of Jesus are not disturbing.  They are liberating.  They are not of destroying.  They are of saving; of a million ways to love someone. 

Destroy you?  I did not come to destroy you.  I came to save you.  I love you! 

Unfortunately, every time we sin we undergo a profound change in our body, mind, soul and heart.  Sin affects the way we see people and things.  Everything gets distorted.  We become restless.  We become bored.  We get negative in just about everything, sarcastic in just about everyone, and hostile towards anything that is good, right and holy.  We begin to take people and things for granted and see life as a tremendous burden rather than a tremendous blessing.

I came to save you.  I love you.  As a child of the light, I know what faith in Christ has done for me.  It has taken the burden off of me.  I no longer believe in violence to end conflicts.  I know longer believe in surgical strikes to find peace and justice.  Faith in God has encouraged me and challenged me to work harder in forgiving - and not retaliating - against my enemies.  With His Commandments, He has tied my hands, and I have let my hands be tied. 

As a child of the light, I know I can rely on faith and forgiveness to heal old wounds; hope and time to be understood; love and sacrifice to make my heart more like His.

"For God did not destine us for wrath, but to gain salvation through Jesus Christ, who died for us...So encourage one another and build one another up" (1Thess. 5:10-11).

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  1. Beautiful reflection, Father. Maybe a new t-shirt should read the reverse: "Atheism - Together we can find the cure"

    Only a few weeks ago I commented on how much I loathe my job and the sheer boredom of it. I feared my new boss, irritable with coworkers, and discontented with my seemingly unappreciated "work." The negative thoughts became so mentally debilitating I knew it was time to reach out to Our Lord for guidance. I felt like the light within my heart extinguished itself. To really make a positive impact in my company I needed to think positively, keeping in mind my work should radiant Christ and his call to serve him. Jesus certainly does not want me to live my life in a state of despair but in a state of peace and love. As a result of prayer and frequent communion, I've been successful in reorganizing my thinking. I took the courage to get to know my new boss and communicate regularly with her. She is a fellow Christian and easy-going. I received an "excellent" mid-year review which I was shocked to hear. (I always thought I wasn't really contributing much.) The company wants to send me to England and Italy for a week of training. I've been assigned a key project and slowly building relationships with new personnel. My cloud of darkness has finally lifted itself. I can say even if my "work" isn't technically challenging or highly paid its where God wants me at in this point of my life. How nice not to be all stressed out by disturbing thoughts.



  2. Wow Jennifer, that is a great story! I'm very happy for you.
    Maybe I can learn something from your humbled and prayerful approach.
    I hope you enjoy your trip(s) abroad. And blessings to you.


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