Meditations

Giving Out of Our Poverty – Luke 9

Giving Out of Our Poverty – Luke 9

But that is precisely the point. God asks us to give the little that we have for precisely the same reason that he commands us to take up our cross and follow him—because life cannot be jealously guarded without eventually withering away; it is meant to be given away because it is a gift. When we jealously guard our life and our resources, we cut ourselves off from the source of life itself, God.

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The God Who Comes Near – Luke 8

The God Who Comes Near – Luke 8

How beautiful to know that God loves us and wants to come to us in our need- to enter our very home, to sit by our bed, to speak to us, and to heal. How even more beautiful to realize that he so dearly wants to enter our lives that he does not wait for an invitation but comes looking for us, for is that not the meaning of Revelation 3:20?

‘–“Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens, I will come in and sup with him and he with me”.’

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God Has Visited His People – Luke 7

God Has Visited His People – Luke 7

The overwhelming implication of this is continuity: the same God at work in the story of Elijah’s raising of the widow of Zarapheth’s son is the same God at work in Jesus’ raising of the widow of Nain’s son; but here is no prophet acting on God’s behalf. This is God himself bringing life to the dead, revealing his passionate heart for his people. He is the fullness of all that was hinted at in every foreshadowing of the Old Testament. But as we see here, it is a fullness intimately concerned in the individual cares of his people. God indeed has visited his people—in the person of Jesus Christ.

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To be Compelled by Love – Luke 6

To be Compelled by Love – Luke 6

Is there a cure for my my inattention? Yes, but I am pretty sure it is not just trying harder or exerting my willpower. Instead, it is falling more deeply in love and wanting more than anything to please the one I love:– Jesus. I am absolutely certain that I will find the cure to my failure at the foot of the cross as I contemplate his great love and sacrifice for me…”

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Put Out into the Deep! – Luke 5

Put Out into the Deep! – Luke 5

Msgr. Michael Carruthers often says that the Lord will not be outdone in faithfulness. When we give him our yes, when we surrender our lives and our wills to his service we see precisely the results that Peter and his companions saw in the miraculous catch: an outpouring of love and grace into our lives that exceeds all of our past experiences, all of our expectations. When we, like Peter, respond to the call—despite our own doubts or inhibitions—our lives become completely transformed; we are given that “new horizon and decisive direction” that is the essence of faith (Deus Caritas Est, Benedict XVI)…

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A Word Fulfilled – Luke 4

A Word Fulfilled – Luke 4

That’s it. That’s all. But that’s everything. “You’ve waited six hundred years”, he says, “ and now your wait is over. You’’ve been waiting for me and I am here.

There is, however, not only drama in the revelation of who he is, but exquisite beauty in what he says he has come to do: preach good news to the poor, proclaim release to the captives, recovering of sight to the blind, set at liberty those who are oppressed and proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor (forgiveness of sins). This is his agenda; an agenda meant to encompass every human need

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Rending the Heavens – Luke 3

Rending the Heavens – Luke 3

Luke’s version of the Jesus’ baptism is a rich affirmation of the power of prayer—of what can happen when we surrender ourselves wholly to the will of the Father and thus invite His Spirit to transform and equip us for where He has called us. But it is also a profound demonstration of the faithfulness of the Father to hear the prayers of his people and respond in ways that were far more beautiful than they could ever have imagined.

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O Come Let Us Adore Him – Luke 2

O Come Let Us Adore Him – Luke 2

What shall I say? And how shall I describe this birth to you? For this wonder fills me with astonishment. The Ancient of days has become an infant. He who sits on the sublime and heavenly throne, now lies in a manger. And He who cannot be touched and is incorporeal, now lies subject to the hands of men. He who has broken the bonds of sinners , is now bound by an infant’s bands. …He became flesh so that He whom heaven could not contain, a manger would this day receive…

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Blessed Among Women – Luke 1

Blessed Among Women – Luke 1

The brilliance of Luke to not only make this connection but also make it clear to us should inspire deep gratitude and appreciation in our hearts. But I think it is fair to say that he would not be content with such recognition if it were not also accompanied by an even greater gratitude and appreciation for the one to whom he so beautifully points us through these stories: Our Lady, whose “yes” to God made her the first true disciple of Our Lord, the preeminent bearer of Christ in the world.

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Do You Believe? – Mark 16

Do You Believe? – Mark 16

‘”Do you believe this?”” Jesus asked. If we go back to Mark’’s gospel, it may surprise and sadden us to see how slow the disciples were to believe: “She [Mary Magdalene] went out and told those who had been with him , as they mourned and wept. But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it”” (16:10-11). But are we also slow to believe? Surely that is the question Mark wanted us to ask ourselves whenever we read this.

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