One of history's greatest lessons on the power of words is remembered and celebrated every year on July 4th. The Declaration of Independence contain the words that led to us becoming a nation of free people.
The disciples may not have comprehended much of what Jesus was saying around the table during the last Passover meal together, but they heard one thing and were, according to Mark's gospel, very grieved by it: "But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table." (Lk 22:21)
Who is more blind, the blind man or the man who will not see? Often times we miss the truth God has for us simply because we refuse to see it. This was the case of the rich young ruler. He came to Jesus bowing before Him and calling Him good, yet with proclamations of his own self-righteousness. He proclaimed he was seeking God's truth, but when it was presented to him, he went away as if he had searched for a thing and come up empty handed.
If God already knows all things and is inevitably going to do His thing, why do we need to pray? And more importantly, why pray by keep seeking, asking, knocking? The simple answer is because it exhibits faith.
"What a beautiful necklace you are wearing!" is not the thought one would have if they saw this image or the thought Jesus was trying to portray when He said: "It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin." Lk. 17:2)
There are so many things clamoring for our attention, demanding our time, thoughts and devotion. We can find ourselves pursuing many things at the same time. Not only do we fail to catch up on anything, we run ourselves ragged trying. If we are not careful, we can find we are soon better suited for the circus as a juggler than we are as Christians living balanced lives. How do we put a stop to the madness? How do we reel it all in, sort it all out, and focus our attention on one thing? Jesus answers those questions with ...