Gimme, Gimme, Gimme

05/29/2015

“I WANT IT!”

How many times have you been in a store and heard something like that? Probably a bratty little kid being coddled by Mommy or Daddy.

And we get annoyed.

And we know the little brat is going to get their way. Right?

Never stop asking. Never stop believing. Be persistent.

Well, somebody a lot cooler than us once said

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”  –  Matthew 7:7

… so maybe the little brat is onto something.

We frequent the United Center on Chicago’s west side for a Blackhawks game or two every… now and then… and there are usually a handful of people lining the sidewalks asking for money, jingling some coins in a plastic cup, arm outstretched, maybe not asking but implying. Some of these folks appear needier than others.

But they all persist. They are not deterred by those who walk by without filling the cup.

A miserable beggar annoyed a lot of people who followed Jesus, too.

Bartimaeus, who we’re told was blind, sat by the roadside begging (Mark 10:46) as Jesus left Jericho. Many in the crowd told him to shut up. He was as annoying as the little brat squawking at Mommy in the grocery cart.

But the guy who is a lot cooler under duress than we are wasn’t perturbed by the whiny blind dude.

Jesus stopped and said “Call him.” – Mark 10:49a

Oh my God! He’s going to try to rationalize with the little brat!

Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?” – Mark 10:51a

I knew it. These brats always get what they want.

The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.” – Mark 10:51b

Persistence.

Jesus told him, ‘Go your way; your faith has saved you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way. – Mark 10:52

What do these little brats know that we don’t?

Probably nothing.

They’re just not afraid to ask.

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Thursday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time, Thursday, May 28, 2015

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Thanks for taking some of your precious time today to read my thoughts. My intention, beginning Friday, April 17, 2015, is to post a brief, daily meditation based on the readings from the day’s Catholic liturgy. I would appreciate your help and encouragement. This is something I’ve been called to do for some time. I’m finally embracing it. Father, forgive me for procrastinating.

 

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What Have You Got to Lose?

04/22/2015

(I finished yesterday’s post on the way to the United Center in Chicago for the Blackhawks Stanley Cup playoff game against Nashville. Traffic was awful. I had plenty of red lights and stopped traffic to get it done.

I almost finished before I had to leave the house. But one thought needed to be clarified and I still had to “edit.”

I clarified the thought and tried to edit, but it was nigh impossible on the phone browser, so I made the executive decision to hit Publish. Someone much smarter than I once said “done is better than perfect.”

It’s a good thing I did. The game was intense and didn’t end until 1:20 AM. That minor detail presented its own set of issues today.)

Anyway, that’s besides the point. But it sure was fun. Go Hawks!

Now for today’s thought.

What have you got to lose?

St. Stephen (yesterday’s 3rd week of Easter reading) was stoned to death for calling out the shortcomings and failings of his Jewish brethren. Today’s reading from the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 8:1b-8) follows Stephen’s death. After his friends bury him, the Apostles boldly preach about Jesus and have enough faith to heal people in His name.

Stephen’s loss — his earthly existence — was the gain of many. The number of believers was growing exponentially.

Today is a feast day for the Jesuits (Feast of Our Lady, Mother of the Society). EWTN’s Gospel was from John, the wedding feast at Cana.

Mary tells Jesus the hosts have run out of wine. Jesus tells her “my time has not yet come.” Mary simply trusts and tells the servants to listen to whatever Jesus tells them.

What does she have to lose?

In today’s Easter weekday Gospel (John 6:35-40), Jesus tells the crowds He is the Bread of Life. He tells them that whoever believes in Him will never thirst. Everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life.

Do you believe?

Why not?

What have you got to lose?

What if I’m completely wrong? What if eternal life is bullhooey? What if we die and we turn to dust and that’s it? Do you get to take any of the spoils of this life with you?

Well, you could… but would it matter when you crumpled to dust?

Even if you go to heaven (better stated, when you go to heaven), you don’t get to take any of your ‘stuff’ with you there, either.

What if I’m right and there is a heaven? What have you got to lose by believing?

Jesus promises you He won’t reject you if you come to Him. He says that He cannot lose anything (or anyone) given to Him.

What have you got to gain?

I’ll let you contemplate and answer.

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Thanks for taking some of your precious time today to read my thoughts. My intention, beginning Friday, April 17, 2015, is to post a brief, daily meditation based on the readings from the day’s Catholic liturgy. I would appreciate your help and encouragement. This is something I’ve been called to do for some time. I’m finally embracing it. Father, forgive me for procrastinating.


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