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Who do we obey?

Reflection:

How do we experience great peace and calmness in our souls each day? Can we find this calmness in our work? Can we find it in resorting to a hobby like sports? Can we find this calmness in family and friends? In the end we can only find this calmness and peace in Jesus Christ. Everything else may provide some temporary “happiness” but in reality no matter how great, like family, we receive this peace from Jesus. Our lives are just like the disciples where we become frantic and panic during trials and tribulations where we may be led astray like lost sheep. However, the message Jesus had for the wind and the sea is the same message He has for us, “Quiet! Be still!” So our response during the challenging and difficulties we face in life no matter how large or small should always be to remain still in Him who we should obey! If the wind and sea obey Jesus so should we. By obeying Jesus and be still (remaining with Him) we will obey Jesus just like the wind and sea. Nothing this world throws at us to pry us away from our Father in heaven will work since we humbly realize our place during life’s difficulties…our place is being still and obeying Jesus.

Reading (Mark 4: 35 – 41):
On that day, as evening drew on, Jesus said to his disciples: “Let us cross to the other side.” Leaving the crowd, they took Jesus with them in the boat just as he was. And other boats were with him. A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat, so that it was already filling up. Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion.
They woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up,
rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet!  Be still!” The wind ceased and there was great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?” They were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?”

January 30, 2010 Posted by | Daily Reading Reflections | Leave a comment

Idleness/Sloathfulness leads to sin

Reflection:

In the day’s of King David, one of the king’s primary responsibilities was to serve and protect his kingdom. Therefore, it was King David’s responsibility to lead the army of Israel in battle against the Ammonites  during the campaign “season.”  Rather King David chose to be lazy and idle by “remaining” in Jerusalem.  An equivalent would be if Peyton Manning decided to sit out the Super Bowl and watch his team play the Saints. True men of God simply refuse to become idle because  a) it’s a misuse of the talents the Lord Jesus has granted us and  b) idleness/sloathfulness  leads to temptation and temptation leads to sin if we don’t master our own bodies. In the case of David his idleness/slotahfulness be refusing to be a leader and protector of Israel led him to wander around and end up gazing at Bathsheba bathing. At this point David has been tempted and he responds by caving into to the temptation of his heart by committing adultery with her. Temptation and sin are a slippery slope so men of God must be cognizant of this fact and always be using their time and talents to glorify God.

Sirach 33:28 “Force him to work that he be not idle, for idleness is an apt teacher of mischief.”

Excerpt from The Sermons of  St Francis de Sales for Lent:

At the time when kings should go to war, as his own army faced the enemy, David strolled about on the roof of the king’s house, idling his time away as though he had nothing to do. Being idle in this way, he was overcome by temptation. Bethsabee, that inconsiderate lady, went to bathe in a place where she could be seen from the roof of the king’s house. Certainly, this was an act of unparalleled imprudence which I cannot excuse, even though several modern writers wish to render it excusable by saying that she did not think of that. To bathe in a place where she exposed herself to view from the roof of the royal palace was a very great indiscretion. Whether she thought of it or not, young Prince David began by allowing himself to gaze on her, and then perished in the temptation which he had sought by his idleness and sloth [2 Kgs. 11:1-4]. You see, idleness is a great help to temptation. Never say: “I do not seek it; I am not doing anything.” That is enough in order to be tempted, for temptation has a tremendous power over us when it finds us idle. Oh, if David had gone out on campaign at the time that he should have gone, the temptation would not have had the power of attacking him, or at least of overcoming and vanquishing him.

Reading (2 Samuel  11: 1 – 17):
At the turn of the year, when kings go out on campaign, David sent out Joab along with his officers and the army of Israel, and they ravaged the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. David, however, remained in Jerusalem. One evening David rose from his siesta and strolled about on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing, who was very beautiful. David had inquiries made about the woman and was told,  “She is Bathsheba, daughter of Eliam,
and wife of Joab’s armor bearer Uriah the Hittite.” Then David sent messengers and took her.
When she came to him, he had relations with her. She then returned to her house. But the woman had conceived, and sent the information to David, “I am with child.”

David therefore sent a message to Joab, “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” So Joab sent Uriah to David. When he came, David questioned him about Joab, the soldiers, and how the war was going, and Uriah answered that all was well. David then said to Uriah, “Go down to your house and bathe your feet.”  Uriah left the palace, and a portion was sent out after him from the king’s table. But Uriah slept at the entrance of the royal palace with the other officers of his lord, and did not go down to his own house. David was told that Uriah had not gone home. On the day following, David summoned him, and he ate and drank with David, who made him drunk. But in the evening Uriah went out to sleep on his bed among his lord’s servants, and did not go down to his home.

The next morning David wrote a letter to Joab which he sent by Uriah. In it he directed: “Place Uriah up front, where the fighting is fierce. Then pull back and leave him to be struck down dead.” So while Joab was besieging the city, he assigned Uriah to a place where he knew the defenders were strong. When the men of the city made a sortie against Joab, some officers of David’s army fell, and among them Uriah the Hittite died.

January 29, 2010 Posted by | Daily Reading Reflections | Leave a comment

Contradiction in Scripture?

Reflection:

The last will be first, and the first will be last. (Matthew 20:16)

To the one who has, more will be given; from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.

Hold a minute these passages seem to contradict each other. One passage of Jesus’ states that the last win and the other states that the one who has more will be given more. So how does a person win? Is it about being last or first? Well the key is it’s not about winning or losing but rather the striving for kingdom of God.  The passage from Matthew reminds us the key to walking towards heaven is imitating the life of Jesus Christ. Even though Jesus lived in this world he stated, “My kingdom does not belong to this world.” So in actuality the passages mesh well together because the passage from Matthew calls us to be humble and not place our trust in this earthly dwelling and the second passage from Mark calls us to look onward to heaven.  So the question we must pose to our hearts today is where does Jesus stand in our lives? What would happen to us if we lost our husband/wife, children, job, house, health? Obviously, these events are traumatic but would our lives crumble or would we remain like Job confident in the Lord Jesus amidst life’s trials and tribulations?

Reading (Mark 4: 21 – 25):
Jesus said to his disciples, “Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket or under a bed,
and not to be placed on a lampstand? For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible; nothing is secret except to come to light. Anyone who has ears to hear ought to hear.” He also told them, “Take care what you hear. The measure with which you measure will be measured out to you, and still more will be given to you. To the one who has, more will be given; from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”

January 28, 2010 Posted by | Daily Reading Reflections | Leave a comment