THE GOD OF LITTLE THINGS

2 KINGS 5:8-14 Speaks of Naman, the commander of Syrian army, who is suffering from Leprosy. Having heard of the Prophet of Israel who could heal him he takes a letter from the Syrian king to Israel and so on…Interestingly the king of Israel is perplexed..and distressed when he learns that Naman has come to him for a cure.

Hearing of the king’s distress Elisha conveys to the king that Naman may be send to him for healing..Naman along with his chariots and horse arrives at Elisha’s door. Elisha sends a messenger to him saying ” Go and wash in the Jordan seven times and your flesh shall be restored and you shall be clean”.

Naman expected Elisha would come out and with open arms cry out to God to heal the lepper.  He just felt insulted and says ” are not Abana  and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus better than all the waters of Israel…….

Its Naman’s servant who slows down Naman’s rage and asks him to consider the simple request. Naman yields and dips seven time in river Jordan to be completely healed and be tender like a baby.

Isn’t this just what happens in our lives too? We see this in 1 Kings 19:11-13 too..  The Lord who’s not there in the  a great and powerful wind Nor  the earthquake Nor in the fire – He was there as a gentle Whisper.

Today the little things that the Lord brings to us and the humble presence in the Eucharist is often not seen by us. We await the show, which may just not happen. He is the on who asked us “Be still and know that I am God”. Psalm 46:10.

Slow down, pause for his little whispers and enjoy his mighty presence. He is Love. A Love that’s so boundless that it could humble itself to come in search of what he created, that he may raise them up to his holy presence. A love that could humble himself to shrink into a piece of conceivable bread and a drop of wine so that he could live right within us and be a part of every cell in us.

O God, you are my God-
it is you I seek!
For you my body yearns;
for you my soul thirsts,
In a land parched, lifeless,
and without water.
I look to you in the sanctuary
to see your power and glory.
For your love is better than life;
my lips shall ever praise you!
I will bless you as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands, calling on your name.
My soul shall be sated as with choice food,
with joyous lips my mouth shall praise you!
I think of you upon my bed,
I remember you through the watches of the night
You indeed are my savior,
and in the shadow of your wings I shout for joy.

(Psalm 63)

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The betrayel

MATTHEW CHAPTER 27 

Jesus before Pilate.

 1* When it was morning,a all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel* against Jesus to put him to death. 2They bound him, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate, the governor. 

The Death of Judas. 

3b Then Judas, his betrayer, seeing that Jesus had been condemned, deeply regretted what he had done. He returned the thirty pieces of silver* to the chief priests and elders,c 4saying, “I have sinned in betraying innocent blood.” They said, “What is that to us? Look to it yourself.” 5* Flinging the money into the temple, he departed and went off and hanged himself. 6The chief priests gathered up the money, but said, “It is not lawful to deposit this in the temple treasury, for it is the price of blood.” 7After consultation, they used it to buy the potter’s field as a burial place for foreigners. 8That is why that field even today is called the Field of Blood. 9Then was fulfilled what had been said through Jeremiah the prophet,* “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the value of a man with a price on his head, a price set by some of the Israelites, 10d and they paid it out for the potter’s field just as the Lord had commanded me.”

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Does it feel like real life?

Many I know have felt life having taken bitter turns, probably in varying degrees.

A friend who betrayed…the very pillars which were to be just and protect turning to be the cannibals and justifying it and the mob believing them…

If you feel betrayed..if you feel rejected…lonely…refused justice..even minimum justice…..remember HE, the blemishless sacrificial lamb, has been there, seen it all, heard it all, experienced it all..TWICE.

Don’t fret you are in good company. God bless.

John 10 The Good Shepherd.

John 10  The Good Shepherd  (I stand in awe of what Jesus says here and too dazed to realize how much his love tracks me. He leaves the 99 in the safety of his mountain and comes looking for me ; and when he finds me fallen, bruised and afraid, just as the lamb fallen into an abyss, he lifts me right out with his mighty right hand and keeps me close to him. And he rejoices. Because he knew the worth of this lamb. Love you Lord. Strengthen us to hear your voice, to discern the spirits and recognize your true spirit.) 1“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them. Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. 11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” 19 The Jews who heard these words were again divided. 20 Many of them said, “He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to him?” 21 But others said, “These are not the sayings of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”