Archive for July, 2019

Psalm 118:23: Marvelous

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Psalm 118:23This is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes.

God turns all harm to good.  All things done in the dark to bring pain and suffering are noted by God, and converted by him into transformative, life-giving moments.  We only need trust in him above all else . . . and rejoice that we are so well-loved.

God says: I see that you often suffer from the actions and words, or the inactions and aggressive silences of others.  There are sins of commission as well as omission.  There are temptations that draw you away from me, and there are temptations that pull you to a standstill so that you feel mired in mud.  This quick sand turns to life-giving waters when you allow me to touch you, to carry you, to wash you and to heal you.  Come to me, all you who are burdened.  You will see what marvels my hands can perform. 

May all little and big harms of the day become inverted in God’s hands.

A re-post from July 2, 2012.

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Matthew 15:29-31: Healing

Monday, July 15, 2019

The people healed by Christ respond with worship, they recognize that God moves among them in the person of Jesus . . . and they give thanks.

I am wondering how many times I have been healed by the Christ who comes to me through friends, colleagues, students, family . . . or even strangers.  I am certain that it has been frequent.  When these miracles happen, do I pause long enough, ardently thanking the God who created me?  Do I ask for next miracle as soon as this one has passed?  Do I pause to allow the mystery of my encounter with God to sink into and through me?

Am I waiting actively, patiently, openly, honestly?

And for what am I waiting?  An end, a beginning, a renovation?

This I know, I know that love endures . . . and that patience brings wisdom . . . and that I need not know every turn of the road that lies ahead of me.  This I know, that I am well-loved, well watched over.  Every small problem is noted.  Each tiny sigh is heard.  All sorrows and tears are seen and tended to.

We need not worry about what is to come.  We only need worry about our reaction to the healing we receive each day n so many small ways.   It is always the small things that matter.

Today’s Gospel is from Mark (5:21-43) in which we hear again the stories of the raising of Jairus’ daughter and the healing of the  woman who suffered from endless hemorrhages.  They were healed quickly and fully by Christ’s hand and life’s inversion showed itself to them completely.  Christ walks among us today . . . beckoning, calling, touching and healing.  What is it we wait for?  What is it we look for?  What is it we long for?  Is it possible that in Christ’s inversion the miracle we seek has already touched us . . . and we have allowed this healing to pass by . . . or entirely un-noticed . . . or noticed and fully praised?

A re-post from July 2, 2012.

For more on the stories in today’s Gospel, see The Tassles on Our Cloaks post on this blog at: https://thenoontimes.com/2011/09/10/the-tassels-on-our-cloaks/

For more reflections on healing go to the Miracles page on this blog at: https://thenoontimes.com/miracles/

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2 Samuel 13Seeking Intimacy

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Desire, love, lust.  Lashing back in hurt and surprise, angry retaliation, calculated revenge.  Family relations churn and twist as we read this story which is similar and yet different from the stories of Bathsheba and Dinah, as the HARPER COLLINS COMMENTARY points out.  Family values and family sickness shatter human lives as these people roil in deceit and turmoil.  David, the father, king and leader, does nothing . . . can do nothing . . . but watch as his family self destructs – for he himself is culpable.  As the commentary states: David’s hands are tied because his sons are merely mimicking his own sick behavior.  These people seek intimacy with one another and with God . . . and do not find it . . . because they look in the wrong place.  True intimacy lies in the process, in the journey, in the progress of the soul.

From today’s MAGNIFICAT:

There are two messages today: first, we have to hold on to absolute responsibility for real order and commitment to the Lord God.  Second, the fundamental character of life is a true waiting, hard for Occidentals to comprehend, especially for modern people.  Life means waiting, not Faust-like grasping, but waiting and being ready.  We are waiting for the terror of the night, and waiting for the day when this terror will have passed.  “The people will languish from fearful expectation”.  Anyone who remains stuck, waiting in fearful expectation just to see whether or not he will survive, has not yet laid bare the innermost strata.  For the fearful expectation was sent to us in order to remove our false sense of security and behind it is this other metaphysical waiting that is part of existence.  Man is always in danger of rooting himself, of running aground.  Over and over again, life will shake anyone who waits in that way, in order to make him hurry out to meet what is coming.  Then what vitality he has been given will come to life.  Then he will feel that life goes above and beyond individual lives.  Only in this way will he be truly human, by living above and beyond himself, waiting for the final reality.  That is the reason for this striving and seeking further and knowing it will one day come: to wait until the lights flare up. 

We have more expectation than earth can grant, because what we encounter in only a piece of reality, a piece of creation.  We are waiting for the fulfillment of a promise: You will one day possess all this because God, as God, is himself reality, realness, and intimacy.

Father Alfred Delp, S.J.  – condemned to death in Germany in 1945

If we might only think about the dual choice that faces us daily – complaining or rejoicing.

If we might only seek what is best for us today – our singular selves or our unity with God.

If we might only become one with God today . . . and all days . . . how much better we might see God’s creation and our place in it.

For some beautiful images of God’s creation in the Canadian Rockies visit Patrick Latter’s Photography blog at: http://hikingphoto.com/ or click on the image above.

Cameron, Peter John, Rev., ed. “Meditation for the Day.” MAGNIFICAT. 1 July 2008. Print.

Mays, James L., ed.  HARPERCOLLINS BIBLE COMMENTARY. New York, New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1988. 270-271. Print.

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Psalm 108:2: Fixed in God’s Song

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Psalm 108:1My heart is firmly fixed, Oh God, my heart is firmly fixed.  I will sing and make melody. 

We must learn to sing always . . . in all circumstances, for God is always with us, especially when days are dark and storm winds blow.

God says: My heart is firmly fixed on you, my heart is firmly fixed.  Come, let us sing and create a melody together.  I am here to save you from falling into despair.  I am here to celebrate you.  Listen to my song and begin to sing with me.

May we hear and sing all of the melodies God has in mind for us . . .

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Psalm 118:8-9: Seeking Safety

Friday, July 12, 2012

Psalm 118:8-9It is better to take refuge in the Lord than in man.  It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.

This is something we often forget because people are so easy to see and God is unseen with the human eye.  And so we must watch for God carefully.

God says: I know that you love me and I also know that you are easily frightened.  I understand that you look for a power base and cling to it, snuggle up to it.  This feels safe to you but remember: all people die and come to me, whether they be princes or serfs.  While you must form union with the people who make up your world, and you may even trust the faithful who clearly follow me, you must always put your final and ultimate trust in me.  I am the only true, final, all-powerful and everlasting refuge.  If you seek sanctuary, seek me.  If you seek safety, seek me.  If you seek surety, seek me . . . and no other.  I alone can save.  I alone love you this much.

May we know God as a refuge from all fears.

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Psalm 71:17-20: Deep Places

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Psalm 71:17-20You have shown me great troubles and adversities; but you will restore my life and bring me up again from the deep places of the earth.

The deep places are dark and lonely.  Jeremiah speaks of the terror of the miry cistern.  Many are lost in the dark places; yet that is precisely where many are found.

God says: I understand the terror you feel when darkness pulls you down.  Jeremiah speaks my words to you when he says, “Obey the Lord and all will go well with you, your life will be spared”.  It may appear that obedience to me is a capitulation of self but it is rather a coming to fullness, a burgeoning into fruit which is good.  Your troubles and worries will melt away when you bring them to me.  They are too great for you to carry.  Bring your burdens to me, and I will give you rest.

Let us give our yoke to God today . . . nothing is too heavy for God to bear.

Investigate and reflect on the prophecy of Jeremiah on the Jeremiah – Person and Message page on this blog at: https://thenoontimes.com/the-book-of-our-life/jeremiah-person-and-message/

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Psalm 66:7-8: The Cornerstone

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Psalm 66:7-8Bless our God, you peoples; make the voice of his praise to be heard; who holds our souls in life, and will not allow our feet to slip. 

When we are besieged by people, thoughts or circumstances, there is only one foundation on which to stand: the Cornerstone, the Christ.

God says: Do you know how much I love you?  I came to walk among you so that I might know exactly how you feel when you are at a place of no experience but pain.  I live among you still.  I touch you each day.  I want to heal you.  I want to hear you laugh because your laughter is music to me.  Not a hair on your head will be harmed so that I might have you with me.  This is what it means when I am described as a jealous God.  I will stop at nothing; I will endure forever until you come to me with a full and open heart.  I want you as my beautiful spouse, my best true love.   I will not allow your foot to slip.  I wait for you still.  I hold your soul in life still.

May your soul be lifted today.

Read and reflect on the miracles in our lives – evidence of Christ as our cornerstone – on the Miracles page of this blog at: https://thenoontimes.com/god-time/miracles/

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Psalm 150:6: All Things

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Psalm 150:6 – Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Sometimes, when all things fall into place just the right way, we feel our connection with all of creation . . . and we understand that it is God, and it is good.

God says: I know that you think that you are apart and separate from everyone and everything else.  That is the illusion which the human covering creates.  I know that it is difficult to remember that you are nearly entirely water, a chemical soup held together by your skin; but if you can remember this, you will understand better why it is so important that you come to terms with the people and things that alienate you. I am the universe.  You are created in my image, and I yearn to be in union with you.  Because you are already one with my universe, and because the universe praises me, you feel best when you can be a part of that praise.  Come out of hiding . . . and sing.  Come to me.  I will wait for you . . . always.  Let all of your breath praise me.  I hold you and protect you always. 

Let us remember that we are in union with all creation . . . that this communion is God’s intent . . . and that this union is good.

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Psalm 55:18: My Voice

Monday, July 8, 2019

Psalm 55:18In the evening, in the morning, and at noonday, I will complain and lament, and he will hear my voice. 

When I read this, I understand that I am not the only one who calls on God incessantly.  This gives me comfort and hope.  Comfort because I am not alone.  Hope because God has acted in the lives of so many people, why would he not act in mine?  I will set my petitions before him to show him that I understand my proper relationship with him: he is the creator, I am the creation.

God says: Do not worry that I might become tired of hearing your pleas.  I answer your requests as they best fit your own plan and the plan of salvation.  I do not mind that you become angry with me; my love for you can handle that.  I do not mind that you feel I do not love you; my love for you is bigger than that.  I do not mind if you turn from me; my love perseveres and endures forever.  I do not mind . . . I love you.

Let your voice rise to God like incense in the night.  Ask, and you will receive.

A re-post from: June 24, 2012. 

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