Thursday, May 17, 2018

Be One

May they all be one. Father, may they be one in us, as you are in me and I am in you, so that the world may believe it was you who sent me.
Jn.17:21

Jesus is at the Last Supper. Having just washed the disciples feet, he now prays for them, especially for their unity. It is their unity that is going to bear witness to him once he has left them.

Unity attracts, disunity repels. In the first reading from Acts we see how the disunity of the Sadducees and the Pharisees stops their planned persecution of Paul. Jesus prays for unity among the Apostles so the world may believe.

Working for unity means promoting love and peace. When I display these virtues I become an authentic witness, today.

Lord Jesus, help me to seek common ground rather than judge, so unity may bear witness to your glory.
Little Flower, please pray for me.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Enough

But life to me is not a thing to waste words on, provided that when I finish my race I have carried out the mission the Lord Jesus gave me – and that was to bear witness to the Good News of God’s grace.
Acts 20:24

Paul is speaking to the Ephesian Church, explaining how he is compelled by the Spirit to return to Jerusalem and face certain persecution. He confirms he has told them everything they need to know of God's grace through Jesus. His work with them is finished.

Every project reaches a time when you know it is finished, that it's time to move on. A have a short story I am entering into a competition. I've been tinkering with it for a number of weeks. It's time to finish, to send it off and move on.

To know that I've done my best, that I've run the race, is to know satisfaction and to have a peace. Knowing when to stop is a sign of wisdom.

Lord, you know how I continue to tinker when I should be moving on. Give me wisdom to know when to say, "enough".
Little Flower, please pray for me.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Preach Anyway

At this mention of rising from the dead, some of them burst out laughing; others said, ‘We would like to hear you talk about this again.’ After that Paul left them, but there were some who attached themselves to him and became believer
Acts17:32-34

Paul is preaching to the Greeks in Athens. He expounds God's great plan of redemption which is accepted to the point of Jesus’ being risen from the dead. The assembly then breaks up, some scoffing, some wanting to hear more later and a few becoming believers.

Some laughed, some wanted their ears tickled and some believed. The response to the message of Jesus is much the same today. But the message continues to be preached and some continue to believe. It is for them that the others must be endured.

Lord Jesus, give me courage to endure the scoffed, patience to accept those seeking entertainment and love to reach out to those destined to be saved.
Little Flower, please pray for me.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Son of Encouragement

They sent Barnabas to Antioch. There he could see for himself that God had given grace, and this pleased him, and he urged them all to remain faithful to the Lord with heartfelt devotion; for he was a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and with faith. And a large number of people were won over to the Lord.
Acts.11:22-24

The apostles heard of numbers of Greeks joining the Church in Antioch and so sent Barnabus to investigate. He instantly recognised the grace of God at work and so encouraged the local church to continue.

Barnabas' encouragement and witness caused even greater numbers to join. He is described as a "good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith". What a tremendous way to be described anywhere, yet alone in Holy Scripture!

Encouragement is a wonderful thing. Encouragers are welcomed into any group. People like being around them. Oh that I may be an encourager to those I meet today.

Lord Jesus, today make me a "Son of Encouragement" like your servant Barnabas.
Saint Barnabas, please pray for me.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Gateway to Life

'Anyone who enters through me will be safe: he will go freely in and out and be sure of finding pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full.’
Jn.10:9,10

Jesus starts his parable of the Good Shepherd. Not only is he the Good Shepherd, he is the gate. He protects from the murderous thief and gives fullness of life.

I was at a twenty-first birthday party the other night. There were a number of young people who were priming to move onto the clubs following the party. I saw an emptiness in many of them and I felt pity for them. Alcohol promises fullness but delivers bitter emptiness.

A gate keeps things out and keep things in. A gate leads to a secure place. Jesus does all this for me, the result being fullness of life. Fullness of life gives me joy.

Thank you Jesus for the life you give me. Be my gate, be my shepherd. Let my joy lead others to you.
Little Flower, please follow me.




Saturday, April 21, 2018

To Whom else can We Turn

Then Jesus said to the Twelve, ‘What about you, do you want to go away too?’ Simon Peter answered, ‘Lord, who shall we go to? You have the message of eternal life, and we believe; we know that you are the Holy One of God.’
Jn.6:67-69

A number of disciples have left Jesus, finding his teaching on his flesh and blood too hard to accept. Jesus invites his closest friends, the twelve apostles, to do likewise. Peter, already their spokesman, makes his great pronouncement of faith. "Lord, to whom else can we turn. You have the words of everlasting life".

I'm leading Children's Liturgy at Mass tomorrow. For children, nothing in our faith is too hard. Their spirits rise up to the Good News spontaneously. They don't weigh and measure it first. They have the wisdom of the simple that God promises and as a result, they have more joy.

Faith doesn't mean I'm to park my brain in neutral but it does mean accepting the mystery of God. No mystery, no faith. Once I accept God is way larger than my brain can encompass then faith kicks in and joy follows.

Lord Jesus, by faith I accept who you are and what you promise is true. To whom else can I turn? You have the words of everlasting life.
Little Flower, please pray for me.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Wise Seek Council

When Philip ran up, he heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ ‘How can I’ he replied ‘unless I have someone to guide me?’ So he invited Philip to get in and sit by his side.
Acts8:30,31

Philip is led by the Spirit to run up to the Ethiopian official's chariot and question him regarding the scripture he was reading. The Ethiopian invited him explain what he was reading which led to his accepting the Good News of Jesus and being baptised.

In proverbs we read, the first sign of wisdom is to seek council. The Ethiopian showed his wisdom in realising he needed teaching in order to understand. There is a humility in wisdom. The wise admit they don't know it all.

May I be wise in my day today, seeking those whom the Spirit sends me for instruction.

Lord, Jesus, you know all,  I don't. Grant me the humility of wisdom to seek council.
Little Flower, please pray for me.