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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

”The good man out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure produces evil; for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” (Lk 6: 45)

So I must see to it that I’m not hoarding “evil treasure” in my heart. What is that? For one thing, it’s resentments, toward certain people, toward certain institutions, toward myself, and toward God. When left unhealed, or buried deep in my heart, resentments lead me to feel and to speak ill about certain people and things as they are, from an abundance of ingratitude, self-centeredness, and other “evil treasure” they bring with them into my heart.

But let me not be discouraged, if my “mouth” has thus exposed some “evil treasure” in my heart. Today let me start replacing it with “good treasure,” like g...

Saturday, August 5, 2017

“Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart (ἐγκακεῖν, grow weary or despondent). He said, ‘In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Grant me justice (Ἐκδίκησόν με, avenge me) against my opponent.’ For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, ‘Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.’’ And the Lord said, ‘Listen to what the unjust judge says. But God (ὁ δὲ θεὸς), – will he not grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? I tell you, he wil...

Friday, June 30, 2017

Sell your possessions, and give alms. Provide yourselves with (ποιήσατε ἑαυτοῖς) purses that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Lk 12: 33-34)

Another kind of purse, that does “grow old,” is a self-seeking and self-centered one. When my heart is in the wrong “place,” I go about my day in neediness, trying to fill my “purse” with expectations of others and asking unhealthy questions, like: Why did he or she not do this for me, or listen to me, or say hello, or reply to my text immediately, etc.? This “place” can be very disappointing, even dangerous, for my heart.

But here’s a healthy question: What can I do today, to “provide myself with,” or work on,...

Saturday, October 22, 2016

…So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed every day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, because we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” (2 Cor 4: 16-18)

How helpful and comforting is this passage, not only in our ageing process, but in dealing with the death of loved ones. “We look not to the things that are seen,” as we tended to do, when they were still with us, “but to the things that are unseen.” Because our relationship with those departed continues, but it changes. 

This changed, new relationship is “unseen,” and, in many ways, un...

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The good person out of the good treasure of the heart produces good, and the evil person out of evil treasure produces evil; for it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks.” (Lk 6: 45)

Let me first take care of my heart this morning, letting God’s grace or “good treasure” in. Because really, I won’t be able to speak to people in any truly “good” and nurturing manner, without the abundance of God’s grace in my heart. When I re-connect with God wholeheartedly, His presence clears away any “evil treasure” cluttering my house, so it can let in the “abundance” of God’s wisdom, patience, humility, compassion, and love – all essential elements for acting or speaking in God’s productive and nurturing manner. “Create in me a clean heart, O God,” I ask Him this morning, “and ren...

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

“…Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, ‘Brethren, what shall we do?’ And Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children and to all that are far off, every one whom the Lord our God calls to him.’” (Acts 2: 37-39)

Having heard St. Peter speak about Christ right after the descent of the Holy Spirit, the people were “cut” or “pierced” in the heart (κατενύγησαν τὴν καρδίαν). This experience makes them teachable, and they ask: What shall we do?

Today there are various experiences in my life that may “cut to the heart.” Let me receive them as Spirit-filled messag...

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