Sunday, February 17, 2013

Random Thoughts from a Busy Week

Sunday:  I hear the Gospel reading about Jesus calling Peter.  It dawns on me that after cleaning the nets after a day on the sea, fisherman are exhausted.  And yet, when Jesus tells Peter to go back out, he does so without little argument.  Do I act like that when Jesus leads me?

Monday:  Pope Benedict resigns.  I admire him for his decision.  It could not have been easy, and it feels like it was made with the best interest of the Church in mind.  That is what a true leader does.

Tuesday:  Genesis.  God created man in His image.  Every time I hear that phrase I am blown away.  To be reminded of that is inspiring.  A reminder that He expects so much more of us.

Wednesday:  Ashes.  I remember when the priest used to remind us that we came from dust and we will return to dust.  That is hard for us immortal-wannabes to accept.  I immediately think about Pope Benedict and his decision earlier in the week.  He understands this better than we do.  

Thursday:  The world is better while everyone is focusing on Love. Even if it is a "Hallmark holiday".  I try to imagine what it would be like if every day was like this.  I wonder if anyone wished Jesus a Happy Valentine's Day.  After all, He loves us more than anyone else.

Friday:  In Matthew's Gospel, Jesus tells us there will be a time to celebrate with the bridegroom and a time to mourn and fast.  Life is like that isn't it?  Waves where the cross is light and waves where it is almost unbearable.  

Sunday:  Jesus.  Desert.  40 days.  No food.  I went 4 hours this week and was the equivalent of a 6 year old.  His strength is incomprehensible.  

A Blessed Lenten season to all of you reading this!


Victor S E Moubarak said...

This is a brilliant post Michael with a lot to reflect about. Thank you for setting me thinking.

You know, I often wonder ... what if every day was St Valentine's Day. Would there be love everywhere for ever and ever? Or would we all just be filled with chocolates?

The Pope took a brave decision for the sake of the Church. We pray for him and his successor and thank them for their good works for God and our Church.

God bless you Michael.

Unknown said...

This is great Michel. It reminds me a little of the Ignatius Examen of Conscience.
Thanks for another insightful post and God bless.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a very good week, Michael. My prayer is for many more (and feel free to share them with us!)

Mary N. said...

Great thoughts to start out Lent with Michael. Thanks for sharing them with us!

Daily Grace said...

I really like this Michael. Thank you!

Daily Grace said...

I really like this Michael. Thank you!

Michael said...

Victor: Thank you, sir. Excellent question - I for one would be full of love for chocolates.

Karinann: It did have a bit of Examen in it didn't it? That reminds me, I need to do that more often.

Andie: Thanks! Perhaps I will.

Mary/Colleen, DG: Thanks for your comments and for stopping by!

God Bless.