Thursday, July 21, 2016
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Monday, July 18, 2016
Martha and Mary of Bethany – Sisters of Lazarus.
Great decision – invited Jesus to their home. There is much that we can learn from their experience!
In the Culture and time of Jesus, hospitality had a very important value – no Holiday Inns – survival
Abraham – welcomed 3 men, realized later he was entertaining angels
Jews – leave out an extra chair for Elijah
Jesus – whatever you do, you do for me
Benedictines – Welcome the guest as Christ
Create a space - hard – so much to do – welcome! Thanks to Greeters!
Mary sat and listened – listened to Christ & that is prayer.
John of Damascus said – Prayer is the lifting up of the mind & heart to God.
How – Thomas Merton – take the time!
Conversational – Rote – Lectio Divina – Liturgical (hours & Mass)
Time to Work and Time to Listen – Benedictines Ora et Labora – Pray & Work
How was your day? – tell how busy we are!
Cartoon in New Yorker bridge 8 ton load limit
Truck - 8 tons - Bluebird lands - bridge collapses
Each has breaking point - not fault of blue bird – already 8 tons
Explorer in Amazon – hired guides - one day, would not budge
Interpreter - waiting for souls to catch up to bodies.
Lesson from tiger lilies - close up in evening - open in morning
Hospitality – Listen & Pray – Balance – Good Lessons received when Martha, Mary and Lazarus invited Jesus into their home!
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Sunday, July 10, 2016
What must I do to inherit eternal life?
Jesus is the first to bring together Deuteronomy & Leviticus – love God & love neighbor.
Now – who is my neighbor?
Robbers have beaten a man, taken his clothes and left him half dead. Who is he?
You can’t tell by his clothes & you can’t tell by his accent – he cannot speak. This is a real problem for the bystanders.
The Priest sees him – now, if he is not a Jew or he is even dead – if the Priest touches him, he would become defiled – and he must go back to Jerusalem to get purified – there is no time for this – not his problem.
Levite sees him – the priest is doing nothing, why should he? – he follows his bad example.
Samaritan – the outsiders, the ones who intermarried with Assyrians, who only follow the first 5 books of the Bible, who did not worship in Jerusalem. He also has a problem – what if the injured man wakes up and seems me – my touch will make him unclean – maybe even his family will come after me.
This does not stop him!
Act of Mercy – no matter what, this is a human being – just like the two black men who lost their lives, just like the 5 police officers who lost their lives – they are human beings – made in God’s image & likeness. This is what we teach our teens when we go on a Midnight Run – we look past the color of skin – we look past mental illness – we look past alcoholism & drug addiction – to show mercy to a human being! To see the Face of God in them! Act of Justice – it means there are times that boundaries must be crossed – to do what is right.
I read about a Religious Sister who was serving in a clinic in Syria. This clinic served everyone in need, including wounded Muslim soldiers. How could she do such a thing??? After all they are doing to Christians?
She said - We don’t do this because of who they are.
We do this because of who WE ARE.
In the midst of all that is happening in our country –
Who are we? Who is our neighbor?
If we want to inherit eternal life, there is only one answer.