As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed pleaded to remain with him. But Jesus would not permit him but told him instead, "Go home to your family and announce to them all that the Lord in his pity has done for you.
As I was re-reading this reading tonight, I thought about how when we have an experience with Jesus it often inspires us to do something. And we get it into our heads that that’s what we’re MEANT to do, but sometimes Jesus has another idea for us. On fire because of our experience, we’re convinced we HAVE to do something, that that’s what we’re CALLED to do… the man who was healed wanted to stay with Jesus, but Jesus said, “No. Go home.” Essentially, he’s saying “I need you to be a witness to your family and your town. I need you to go do that instead.” That must have been disappointing for the man, yet he does what Jesus asks, and “all were amazed.” The man probably couldn’t see how going home was going to make a difference, yet “all were amazed.” I’ll be the man was even amazed at how trusting Jesus yielded such good fruit. As I walk my discernment path, I want to keep this in mind - that there are things I want to cling to and things I need to let go; there are times I need to just trust Jesus because He can see so much more than I can even fathom. He really does know best.
“Benedict Cumberbatch is the star of the BBC show Sherlock and also of this one reoccurring dream I have where we ride unicorns off into the rainbow mist and make out under a shooting star.”—Gaby Dunn in this article. Incidentally, this is how all articles should begin. (via charlotteatepie) //BRILLIANT! BRILLIANT!!
“You are to be the Messiah’s witness to all humankind, bearing testimony about all you have seen and heard. Now why do you delay? Go and get yourself baptized, wash away your sins and all on the name of Jesus.”—
Lectio, 25 January 2012 - Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, the Apostle
What are some of your Damascus moments, moments when you the scales were dropped away from your eyes and you recognized the Divine in your life, moments when you were converted from pain to healing, hate or anger to love?
Oh my Beloved Adonai
You are alive for me today.
Seeing the wind caress the branches
Of the trees
I am delivered by Your grace into the infinity of Your existence.
You are alive in me today.
I feel Your presence coursing through my body and
Burning my heart with a golden fire.
Your voice — such sweet silent flames of raging love
That purify me in blissful splendor but do not consume me.
Oh My Beloved
Oh Ever Faithful One
Open my mouth so that my lips may declare Your praise now and always
Open my heart to Your Love now and forever.
“One of the things I learned from my father is that a crisis is both a danger and an opportunity. That’s in the Chinese characters. And how you take advantage of the opportunity of the crisis rather than become despairing because of the danger. Is something we’re facing all the time, particularly at this time. It’s a philosophical approach I think that is very much needed and alive here in the city of Detroit.”—Within Crisis, Opportunity
As it happens, explains our Public Insight Network colleague Melody Ng, the Chinese word for “crisis” consists of two characters: 危 or wei (pronounced “way”) and 机 ji (pronounced “gee”). Wei means dangerous or precarious. Ji means opportunity or chance.
Bound up in the meaning of “crisis” are both danger and opportunity. In each trying moment, there’s a chance for something positive to occur. Today being Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dragon, what a most auspicious thought to carry forward as we encounter our own crises in 2012.
A portrait of Grace Lee Boggs’ father hangs in her Detroit home. Chin Lee was a successful businessman who owned Chin Lee’s American and Chinese Restaurant on 49th and Broadway in New York. (photo: Trent Gilliss)
//Western ideas are so polemic, that it has to be EITHER a crisis OR an opportunity. In Chaos is Creation. Remember that.
Legend has it that St. Vincent once stopped by the edge of a vineyard to talk with the men working there and while he was at it, his donkey nibbled at the young vine shoots. Come the next harvest, it was discovered that the vine stock that had been browsed had produced more fruit than all…
“But this oratory does nothing to articulate a vision, encourage honest reflection, heal divisions, instill hope. Despite his own faux-modest assessment, it isn’t the “felt values of the American people” that New gives voice to. It turns out that what many Americans seem to want is someone who will articulate their deepest hatreds. Gingrich is more than willing and capable.”—The Truthiness of Newt « Intersections: Thoughts on Religion, Culture, and Politics
“So my prayer today is to embrace my God-given imperfection – to bring creativity to situations where frustration might otherwise set in, to cherish eccentricities in myself and others, and to be okay with striving but not yet arriving.”—from “Imperfection, a BFF!!?" by Sister Maxine at A Nun’s Life.
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a thought from today’s OT lesson: when you put too much value on physical objects - Even the Ark of the Covenant - it affects you, your priorties and how you view the world. The Israelites lost to the Philistines, and thought a physical object could save them… when maybe if they had just re-evaluated their strategy, they might have won AND not lost the Ark.
Today, 01/11/12, is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.
Is there human trafficking in your hometown? I know that there is in mine. The truck stops a mere 20 minutes from my home are one of the most “active” hubs of human trafficking in the country. This needs to change.
“I, God, have called you to serve the cause of right; I have taken you by the hand, and I watch over you.
I have appointed you to be a covenant people, a light to the nations:
to open the eyes of the blind,
to free captives from prison,
and those who sit in darkness from the dungeon.”—
Lectio, 9 January 2012 The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
“Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come,
the glory of the Lord shines upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth,
and thick clouds cover the peoples;
but upon you the LORD shines,
and over you appears his glory.”—
O Father, the first rule of our dear Saviour’s life
was to do Your Will.
Let His Will of the present moment
be the first rule of our daily life and work,
with no other desire
but for its most full and complete accomplishment.
Help us to follow it faithfully,
so that doing what You wish
we will be pleasing to You.
Prayer of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Lectio, 4 January 2012 - Memorial of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
“My dear friends, now we are God’s children, but it has not been revealed what we are to become in the future. We know that when it comes to light, we will be like God, for we shall see God as God really is.”—
St. Basil the Great was born at Caesarea of Cappadocia in 330. He was one of ten children of St. Basil the Elder and St. Emmelia. Several of his brothers and sisters are honored among the saints. He attended school in Caesarea, as well as Constantinople and Athens, where he became…