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, June 8, 2014

Jn 20:19-23 Pentecost: Happy Birthday Church

Pentecost Sunday
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On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked,...Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, "Peace be with you."  ...And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit.  Whose sins you forgive are forgiven..."

Happy Birthday to you.  Today we celebrate the Church's birthday, and as we all know, the Church does not consist of brick and mortar but of flesh and blood - billions of people, living on earth and in heaven.   

On this day, the most intimate followers of Jesus received the gift of the Holy Spirit and went straight to work, evangelizing strange civilizations and baptizing even stranger people in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  With the help of the Holy Spirit, millions of people converted and the course of world history forever changed.  All the glory and honor goes to God. 

What a difference the Holy Spirit has made in our lives and in the lives of so many others!

Now most of us have little difficulty in giving credit to the Holy Spirit for countless blessings received, countless inspirations conceived and countless decisions arranged.  But I believe most of us may have forgotten to give credit to the Holy Spirit where credit is most desired:  in bringing about unity.

It's no longer I who live in me.  One of the most difficult things in life is not being able to be someone else.  I am I and you are you and together you and I are we.  But the truth of the matter is:  I will never be able to be you. 

Sure, I can cry with you, laugh with you, hug you, understand you, and even love you, but I will never be able to be you.  And if I decide to try, I risk ruining my life.

When people come into my office and tell me their problems, I can understand them and even relate to them.  But when it comes to what they are going through...I cannot go through them.  I cannot penetrate them.  I can only imagine what they are going through, for there is a wall that separates me from all others. 

So watch out, especially if you are a parent who is eager to live through their kid.  You are on a collision course with your child, for you were never meant to be in your child!   Parents should guide their kids, help their kids, encourage their kids and support their kids, but they should never attempt to live through them.

We were never meant to be someone else. 


With the gift of the Holy Spirit, "It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me" (cf. Gal 2:20). 

I can be another person!  I can be another Christ!  I can enter into communion with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Everything that is His can be mine and vice-versa.  Every word I speak and every act I commit can be through Him, with Him and in Him.  My life can be lived through Him, with Him and in Him.  Even my death can be experienced through Him, with Him and in Him. 

For this reason, the Church is known as the mystical body of Christ.  Sure, it is made up of billions of members, but it remains one body.  The Church is not simply a corporation.  It is the incarnation of Him.  

Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and do the first thing the Lord commanded His Apostles to do:  Whose sins you forgive are forgiven.

To live in Christ means to love.  To love means to forgive.  It's that simple. 

The temptation has always been to be someone we are not.  The challenge today, and since the time of Pentecost, is to be the one we were always meant to be, since the very beginning of time.

Happy Birthday Church!


  1. “We were never meant to be someone else.”

    As Oscar Wilde said, “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

    It has taken me a long while, but I am just beginning to accept myself just the way I am. No better, no worse. I have learned that God made me just the way I am. God loves me “just the way I am”. “Although we were sinners…..” Of course, I am going to live my life as a gift to God, but I cannot grow spiritually if I don’t accept myself for who I am now. “Grace builds on nature.”…… in a certain way. It’s all about acceptance! God loves me so why don’t I??

    We ALL have our issues!! I remember an alcoholic friend of mine telling me: “I could never have a cross like yours: I’ll just keep my own cross.” I thought, are you kidding me? This is easy compared to what you are going through! I couldn't imagine her life!! Our view of what others are going through is distorted. We can only see through our viewpoint, our perspective, just like you said.

    I realized, God loves me so much, that he gave me/allowed all my issues to manifest in my life for one reason: to make me a saint! He knows every fiber of my being, so He knows what I need to become whole, holy. And so far, I have only experienced His Love for me – it’s up to me how I interpret them!!

    But the greatest gift that Jesus showed us is that we have each other to walk with on this journey. It is this kind of Love that brings Jesus on earth as it is in heaven.

    This, to me, is true unity.

  2. Father:

    Happy Pentecost. Three comments:

    1. This concept of the mystical body of Christ has always been fascinating to me. We are all living, breathing organisms that together make up the living Body of Christ! With the Holy Spirit living in us, we can live in Him and enter into the Divine LIfe. Too often I think we don't allow the Holy Spirit to live in us and we try to control things. It is then that we don't participate fully in the Divine Life--the beautiful life that God has intended for us.

    2. "So watch out, especially if you are a parent who is eager to live through their kid. You are on a collision course with your child, for you were never meant to be in your child! Parents should guide their kids, help their kids, encourage their kids and support their kids, but they should never attempt to live through them."

    Amen. It's so hard since we want what we think is the best for our kids--and that often means correcting what we saw as faults in our own childhood. Any parent knows this.

    But here's advice that my mom gave me when my kids were born. She reminded me that they were not my kids--they were God's kids -- and He had just entrusted us as parents with them for a short time -- so don't screw up babysitting God's children. I have always kept that foremost in my mind (as I continually screw up)!

    3. Do you mean "incarnation" or "incardination" (where a priest is placed under the jurisdication of a bishop)? :))


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