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Monday, January 23, 2017

And they came to Jericho; and as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great multitude, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’ And Jesus stopped and said, ‘Call him.’ And they called the blind man, saying to him, ‘Take heart; rise, he is calling you.’ And throwing off his mantle he sprang up and came to Jesus. And Jesus said to him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ And the blind man said to him, ‘Rabbi, let me receive my sight.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Go your way; your faith has made you well.’ And immediatel...

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.” (Mt 6: 11-12)

The spiritual life is often regarded in terms of struggle. But the Lord’s Prayer teaches me to surrender, letting God “do” certain things, and letting certain things “be done.” And this wholesome, harmonious picture of surrender would not be complete without my little part; the part I “do.” And that is, “let go” of any debts owed to me. The harmony God offers will be disrupted, and I will be disturbed, perhaps subtly, with fears and anxieties with regard to just about everything. The debts owed to me will eat away, like termites, at the freedom and peace I am given in faith, in a daily connection with God.

So let me take down a notch any resentments or attempts at con...

Friday, February 5, 2016

 

One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, ‘Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!’ But the other rebuked him, saying, ‘Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.’ Then he said to Jesus, ‘Remember me, Lord, when you come into your kingdom.’ He replied, ‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.’” (Lk 23: 39-43)

 

So one of the criminals is still fighting, still arguing, still feeling entitled and wronged, even at this point. But the other one surrenders on his cross and to his cross, saying, “we indeed have been condemned justly.” This surrender, this full stop to arguing with a...

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

 

…and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, ‘Master, now you are dismissing (ἀπολύεις, releasing) your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.’ And the child’s father and mother wondered (θαυμάζοντες) at all that was said about him.” (Lk 2: 27-33)

 

Two things are happening in this passage: 1. Wonder and 2. Surrender. On the one hand, St. Simeon is filled with wonder, seeing this Child and His “parents.” So Simeon takes Christ in His arms and “praises God,” proclaiming his famous prophecy – a prophecy not only abou...

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