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Freedom and Detachment – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

Freedom and Detachment – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

“Are we not perhaps all afraid in some way? If we let Christ enter fully into our lives, if we open ourselves totally to him, are we not afraid that He might take something away from us…something significant, something unique, something that makes life so beautiful? Do we not then risk ending up diminished and deprived of our freedom? . . . No! If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful and great. No! Only in this friendship are the doors of life opened wide. Only in this friendship is the great potential of human existence truly revealed. Only in this friendship do we experience beauty and liberation…Do not be afraid of Christ! He takes nothing away, and he gives you everything. When we give ourselves to him, we receive a hundredfold in return. Yes, open, open wide the doors to Christ – and you will find true life. Amen.”

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Transforming Prayer – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

Transforming Prayer – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

Soren Kierkegaard said, “Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.” I would add that it also changes our experience of who God is. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. The same God who did not fail us on the cross will not fail us in the whole of our lives. But this does not mean that he will always answer us when and how we expect him to. Often times he does not—not because he is failing us, but because he is forming us and even healing us.

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Have No Anxiety – Meditation of the Studies in 1 Peter

Have No Anxiety – Meditation of the Studies in 1 Peter

So where do we find the gift of living without debilitating anxiety? Many say the answer is right here in these few verses from Philippians: it is taking everything to the Lord in prayer. But that is only so if something far more fundamental has happened first: we have come to trust the Lord and his love for us and are confident that when we pray he always hears and always answers. This is the assurance of Peter who says “cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.” Anxiety diminishes as faith increases.

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Testing or Trusting? – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

Testing or Trusting? – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

…it is important to note that this type of testing is not at all the same thing as struggling to trust in God’s goodness and faithfulness in the midst of darkness or difficulty. The Bible (particularly the psalms) is full of examples of faithful people crying out to the Lord as they try to reconcile their pain or suffering with what they’ve been told about God’s character…The difference is that, in doing so, they do not judge him a liar or unfaithful, though they may struggle with fears that this is true at times; rather they struggle to hold on, reminding themselves of his promises and calling to mind his past acts of faithfulness in their lives so that these might be a buoy of hope in the midst of the storm. Far from a lack of faith or testing to God, they ultimately witness to a depth of faith that is both exemplary and beautiful.

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Unwavering Trust – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

Unwavering Trust – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

One of the most fundamental steps of living into our sonship and daughtership in Christ is to demonstrate the same unwavering trust we see in Jesus in the wilderness by, likewise, determining not to fulfill our own desires (however right or needful) in our own way or in our own time (however easily we might be able to do so), but rather to surrender our lives to his Kingdom, trusting in his provision and timing, and above all His unfailing love.

For He that promised is faithful (Heb 10:23).

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The Power of Yes – First Reading in Preparation to the Fourth Sunday in Advent

The Power of Yes – First Reading in Preparation to the Fourth Sunday in Advent

So it is that the Birth of Jesus in the city of David has not one hint of accident about it. It was fully planned by God, the way paved by God, and consummated by Mary and Joseph whose desire was to cooperate fully with God. Once again, Mary (and Joseph) said yes. Yes to a long, difficult, and harrowing journey while far along in her pregnancy. Yes to separation from family and friends who could help and support at the birth. Yes to uncertain and rugged lodging both on the way and on their arrival. And yes to many, many other things as well, all because God had asked it of her. The Messiah must be born in Bethlehem and so she must go to Bethlehem with Joseph.

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Called to Surrender – Gospel in Preparation for the Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Called to Surrender – Gospel in Preparation for the Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Whatever area it is, and regardless of how many areas there are, the call to surrender all is not a call to give these things up because they don’t matter. To the contrary, the fact that they do matter is precisely the point. That is why the rich man walks away, and why I, for one, so often fail in this area….The call to surrender is a call to entrust, to remember that He who has called us to take up our cross and follow him has also said that He came that we might have life and have it in abundance (John 10:10). It is a call, in the words of Bishop Robert Barron, to surrender ourselves “to the Love that makes man fully alive.”

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The Shepherd and Guardian of our Souls – Gospel in Preparation for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Shepherd and Guardian of our Souls – Gospel in Preparation for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Here then is one of the most profound truths I know: whenever I repeat the 23rd Psalm, I am talking about Jesus for Jesus is Lord and the Lord is my Shepherd. Everything that Psalm says about the Lord, it is saying about Jesus. Everything it says the Lord has done, is doing, or will do, it is saying about Jesus…I find this vitally important because as I meditate on it my trust and love for Him grows. I begin to realize that my life and wellbeing are in his hands and there is no safer place to be.

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Learning To Trust – First Reading in Preparation for the Third Sunday in Lent

Learning To Trust – First Reading in Preparation for the Third Sunday in Lent

The Catechism teaches us that, in the first sin “Man..let his trust in his Creator die in his heart and…disobeyed God’s command…” and that “all subsequent sin would be disobedience toward God and lack of trust in his goodness.” I am always struck by how profoundly simple yet true this statement has proven in my own life, particularly when, like the Israelites, I am faced by situations that seem to scrape at my deepest wounds and fears. But God has never proven unfaithful in my life, even when I have; to the contrary He has given me every reason to trust that He is my Healer…

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A Beauty that Prevails – Gospel Reading for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

A Beauty that Prevails – Gospel Reading for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

To make a more practical analogy, if you have a coworker that breaths fire—they are abrasive, impatient or overbearing—the right response is not to replicate that behavior, but balance it with kindness, love, and patience… this kind of active resistance, even in the form of our deference, is the means by which we resist the threat of the weeds, so that the goodness in ourselves and in our neighbors is able to grow. This patience, this perceived non-action, is often the holiest action we can take. It is the outward expression of our belief in God’s infinite goodness and justice, that even as darkness thickens and contracts upon us, there is an enduring light manifest in the grace of God and our faith that “though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.”

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