October 24, 2008
Friday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Luke 12: 54-59
Jesus said to the crowds, "When you see a cloud rising in the west you say immediately that it is going to rain-- and so it does; and when you notice that the wind is blowing from the south you say that it is going to be hot-- and so it is. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky; why do you not know how to interpret the present time? Why do you not judge for yourselves what is right? If you are to go with your opponent before a magistrate, make an effort to settle the matter on the way; otherwise your opponent will turn you over to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the constable, and the constable throw you into prison. I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny."
Introductory Prayer: Lord, how great it is that you to have chosen me to be your disciple. Thank you for carrying the cross for me when it is too heavy. I know that in you lies all the strength and grace I need to make it through this day.
Petition: Lord, thank you for life. Help me in this moment to be open to new life in you. Help me to be aware of the things that lead me closer to you and those that do not.
1. Seeing the Obvious
It’s funny how we know the truth in our hearts. When he created us, God designed us to yearn for the truth. Our conscience reveals that to us: It knows the truth and seeks to encourage us to live by the truth. Why is it then, that we are hypocrites? Why do we deny our conscience and live only by all too pragmatic principles. We often walk in darkness, even though we know where the light is. The present time is what matters. Yesterday is gone; tomorrow has not yet come. Today, let us live for Christ.
2. Rising above the Lies
The Lord pleads for us to live for him, but we have become entangled in the world – letting its surroundings, its culture, its acceptance of lies, etc. – judge for us what is right. We are called to know what is right in the light of Christ; instead, we let worldly things evaluate and shape our decisions. Our eyes are our lamp. If our eyes are good, then we will be full of light; but if our eyes are bad, we will be full of darkness and lies. Let us rise above the darkness and the lies.
3. You Will Not Be Released Until You Have Paid the Last Penny
Christ tells us that he has already paid the price for us, that he has already carried the burden for us. Why then do we constantly insist upon doing things on our own? Here Christ tells us that when we try and do things on our own, we will pay to be released from the snares that have captured us. But when we confess our sins and allow Christ to take our burden -- when we allow ourselves to submit to the price that has already been paid -- then we will be set free. Let us discover Christ and embrace his love today and everyday.
Conversation with Christ: Thank you, Lord, for your unconditional love. Help me to see the obvious love that you have presented to me; help me to know the truth; and help me to rise above the darkness by letting your light shine within me.
Resolution: Today, I will be more aware of my surroundings and try to see the good in everything I do. I will not look for things to come or at the things of the past, but I will live for you today, Lord.
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