Devember 11

Reflection

The basic attitude of the Christian life is to bear witness to what is worthwhile. The life of Jesus did this. Superficial pieties did not bind his behavior. The gospel stories show a man who in every instance cut through to the truth. “Being Christian is not about meeting requirements for a future reward in an afterlife. Rather, the Christian life is about a relationship with God that transforms life in the present (The Heart of Christianity).

Prayer

May I live fully in the present.

Action

During Advent read one of the synoptic gospels all the way through. Who was this man Jesus?

Suggested Reading

Again, the kingdom of God is like a merchant searching for fine pearls.
When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.
Matthew 13:45

If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be children of God, for God is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as God is merciful.
Luke 6:32-42

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Ephesians 4:32

Jesus teaches us another way: Go out. Go out and share your testimony, go out and interact with your brothers and sisters, go out and share, go out and ask. Become the Word in body as well as spirit.
Pope Francis

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
Francis of Assis

We must overturn so many idols, the idol of self first of all, so that we can be humble,
and only from our humility can learn to be redeemers, can learn to work together
in the way the world really needs.
Oscar Romero

The emerging paradigm sees the Christian life as a life of relationship and transformation.
Marcus Borg

You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.
Woodrow Wilson

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.
Dale Carnegie

The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been kindness, beauty, and truth.
Albert Einstein

Opportunities will come and go, but if you do nothing about them, so will you.
Richie Norton

The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment: You create a good future by creating a good present.
Eckhart Tolle

The art of life is to live in the present moment, and to make that moment as perfect as we can by the realization that we are the instruments and expression of God.
Emmet Fox

Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.
Denis Waitley

Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.
John Lennon

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