Saturday, July 30, 2011

We have nothing but Five loaves and Two fish

Somone in Greene County gave me a sign that reads ,

"Pray toward heaven but row toward shore."

In the gospel this weekend Jesus needs what little the apostles have, as well as what little everyone else has, in order to feed not just 5000, but probably 25,000 to 35,000, if you are counting women and children. (Look around you in church this weekend, do you see more men or more women and children.) Jesus depends on us not to look at what we lack but what we have and start from there.

Jesus, then gives thanks and gives away what they have, and they in turn give it to others, who, we hope, then would give it to others.

What do you have that needs to be blessed, broken and shared?

So pray to God but look at what He has already given you. Don't be afraid to thank him and then share what you have with others--that is what the Kingdom of God is like!

Friday, July 15, 2011

If you have ears

"You have eyes but do not see and ears but do not hear."

Earth's crammed with heaven,
and every common bush afire with God,

But only he who sees, takes off his shoes --

The rest sit around and pluck blackberries.

Eliz. Barrett Browning

There is a bright red cardinal taht comes to my back porch, seemingly at the most inopportune times. I try to use the mornings on the back porch for quiet time and prayer. If you know anything about cardinals, you know they can "chit, chit chit" relentlessly. This one sits in the bush right off the porch and I can not pay attention to anything but the bird. Sometiems I think, if I could, I owuld like to reach out and kill it. Here it is disrupting my quiet time and prayer, right?

Let the one who has eyes, see and the one who has ears, hear.

It is like in church when a child cries and people get upset with the child or the child's parents. The child is doing what children do, yet we get upset because the child is bothering us. So we want to get rid of the disturbance, it bothers us. The bird and the child are being what God created them to be and do. The problems is with us, the hearers -- we do not truly hear. Wake up! How many other times are we upset with others when it is our vry selves who have the problem?

Thursday, December 30, 2010

From Holy Trinity to Christmas

It has been a long time since I wrote and I cannot promise that this will be the first of many...
Remember the teacher who asked her students to draw a picture of something they really liked. The kids got to work right away and the teacher walked around to see their drawings--stick figures and houses. When she came to little Mary's desk, the little girl was using every color in the crayon box and was all over the page. The teacher asked what she might be drawing. She was told without hesitation, "A picture of God!"
"You know that no-one knows what God looks like, don't you?"
"They will now!" said Mary.
Are we as confident as Mary? Do we make God visible through the lives we lead? Our responsibility is to go out to all the world and tell the Good News.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

How big is God?

A little kid asked his mother if God was bigger than they were.

She said, "Yes, God is bigger than we are."

So a little later the kid came around and said, "Sister told us that God is in us. Is that true?"

"Yes." the mother replied.

"Then if God is bigger than we are and is in us, how come he isn't sticking out somewhere?"

That is such a good question. For the Feast of Holy Trinity ask your self if He is sticking out anywhere and if not why?

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Who me?

There is a story about the day Jesus Ascends into heaven. He still has all the marks of his passion and death, so that when he enters heaven everyone is shocked at the amount of suffering he must have gone through. Everyone falls on their knees and is crying. Michael asks him if everyone on earth is aware of all that he suffered.
Jesus told him, "NO there is only a small group around Jerusalem that know."
When he is pressed on how everyone will get to know, Jesus tells them, "I trust Peter, James and John and the disciples will tell the world."
"What if they get too busy, dejected, tired or killed?"
" Then those who they tell will have to pick up the slack." said Jesus.
" Do you have a back up plan?"
"No, I entrust them with the Kingdom as it was entrusted to me. No back up plans."Jesus replied.

You are the plan, are you continuing to tell the world who he is and what he has done? Luckily we do not have to do it by ourselves.

Happy Ascension--now we pray for nine days (novena) for the coming of the Spirit without whom we can do nothing.

Friday, April 2, 2010


A story out of South America to help us put Good Friday into perspective:
Poor family, scrimped and saved to get a piece of land. The day they took possession of the land was a day of celebration. They gathered in their two room shack that would serve as their home, and the father ceremoniously walked off and marked the boundaries of the new property, praying and thankful for what they had. As he laid stones at the corners of the property he noticed something sticking out from under a bush. As he dug it up he soon unearthed a corpus from a crucifix. It had been in the ground a long time. Its hands and arms were gone, and its feet and legs were missing. It was mangled, scratched and cracked, the paint nearly gone. He carried it back to the shack in his arms. He laid it on the kitchen table. Pronouncing it was the first fruit of the land they had bought, what should they do with it? Take it to the church, burn it, bury it again?
The youngest spoke up, "Why don’t we hang it on the wall in the kitchen and put a sign under it?"
"What would you write": tacked underneath this corpus in this home was a sign written in printed block letters: "Jesus had no arms and legs. Will you lend him yours?"

(paraphrasing St Theresa of Avila:)

“Christ has no body now on earth but yours,
no hands but yours,
no feet but yours,
yours are the eyes through which Christ's compassion
is to look out to the earth,
yours are the feet by which He is to go about doing good
and yours are the hands by which He is to bless us now.”

Thi is Good Friday

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Learning to celebrate?

The Prodigal Son:
The father looks at them as equals. No difference! He gives each that which was coming to him--not just to the son who leaves--to both. They both have problems. One son is out of control and squanders everything. His sin is so much a part of him that he has trouble accepting forgiveness, even from the father. The father has to continue to put clothes and sandals on him before he gets it. The other son is so in control (or thinks he is) that when something happens to put him out of sorts so that he cannot deal with it, he thinks he is without sin.
The problem with both of them is that they do not know how to "celebrate". The word comes up like five times in the story and it is always about the need to celebrate. Probably one of the best homilies I ever heard for a Funeral Mass was about the deceased who was Catholic to the core because he always was ready to celebrate. That is supposed to be us too. Oh, 40 days of fast and abstenance--lets celebrate with Mardi Gras and have a big blow out (Catholics started it, now we sit back and accuse others of over doing it. We have forgotten how to celebrate.) Even in the midst of our fasting there has to be the celebrating. We look forward to the joy of Easter, but that joy is with us even now. L:et us be gald and rejoice always. Celebrate!

How does the story end? The story teller says that the story really begins when the story teller stops talking. So now, we have to Celebrate and find out.