Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Way, The Truth, and The Life

Jesus Christ said that He is The Way, The Truth, and The Life! (John 14:6)

This is a pretty popular quote among believers and non-believers a like.

Today, while walking, I was given a thought about this and another thought relating it to what Jesus also said in the Gospel According to John:

"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you" (John 6:53)

(What is interesting is that once I got home and the next time I got on the computer on the Catholic Answers Forum the first post I read was a question asking people what they thought John 6:53 meant. Divine Providence!)

So, Jesus told us that He is THE LIFE!

And here He also tells us that if we consume His flesh we will have LIFE in us.

Makes perfect sense to me!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Building a Mystery

I would like to expound on what "Building a Mystery" means to me, but I had to post this real quickly.

Today I prayed the Rosary in the car during work. The radio was still on as I began reciting the Apostle's Creed. The song "Building a Mystery" by Sarah McLachlan was playing as I recited this time old prayer. It clicked so suddenly. I was reciting this ancient Creed which is a statement of Christian faith (which is a mystery) and this mystery of faith is built on a mystery which has been building for thousands of years.

A mystery being built by God.

God is continually building a mystery and this added even more mystery to my faith as I felt, once again, God's presence in my life.

(Usually...I just listen to Classical music if I pray the Rosary because regular music is distracting when I am trying to meditate on the mysteries of the Rosary. I should not have even had regular radio on in the first place!)

Whoa! It did not dawn on me until I typed this that the Rosary is FULL of mysteries. Each decade is called a mystery and each set of five mysteries is designated as either the Joyful Mysteries, Luminous Mysteries, Sorrowful Mysteries, or Glorious Mysteries.

So, just a bit ago I wanted to listen to this song again on YouTube because I remember this happening and I while listening I paid attention to the lyrics at the beginning when she sings about Jesus and church. Once I noticed this I had to make a quick blog post because I never really paid any attention to the lyrics hearing this song in the past. With the exception of "building a mystery."

I am glad I posted when I did because this whole idea of a "mystery" has grown even more mysterious.

Let's recap:
I was praying a mystery which came from a religion built on mystery just as a song about "building a mystery" was on the radio. This initially caught my attention because the beginning of the Rosary has a prayer (the Apostle's Creed) which is a statement of Christian faith (which is a huge mystery in itself) and then upon making this post I realized that with in the Rosary we are to meditate on the different mysteries of the life of Christ as you make your way through the prayer. These things just lined up too perfectly! (or should I say...too mysteriously!)

I am actually awe struck right now!

+Dear God,
Thank You for building this mystery in my life!+

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Worried? Why wait!

+Catholic Ponderings+: Are You a Worrier? Jesus Said: Don't Bother

I had to make a link to this above blog post! It is one of those messages that seems so obvious, but one which hardly anyone seems to put into practice in their lives.

It teaches patience without even mentioning the word!

It is summed up in that word (patience) and in my title: Worried? Why wait?

If we are worried about everything, why are we waiting for anything?

We should not wait with worry!

We should worry with how we wait!
(Sound like a contradiction? I love English!)

Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.
- Jesus Christ

Here is the link again:
+Catholic Ponderings+: Are You a Worrier? Jesus Said: Don't Bother