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This week's news:

  • Reflection for Saturday: Everything Under Control?
  • Inside the Ministry: Jesus answered May's questions
  • When the joy is gone, believe what God says

Saturday August 18, 2018

Scriptures

Ezekiel 18:1-10, 13, 30-32
Psalm 51:12-15, 18-19
Matthew 19:13-15
www.usccb.org/bible/readings/081818.cfm
Podcast:
ccc.usccb.org/cccradio/NABPodcasts/18_08_18.mp3

The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, "Let the children come to me..." (From Saturday's Gospel reading)

Reflection for Saturday: Everything Under Control?

By Graciela Ramos, Director of Online Ministry

children

In this Saturday's Gospel reading, we see the disciples scolding people who want Jesus to pray and bless their children. It is weird, since adults are always trying to get their children blessed by God. Why would the disciples shove out the people who came with children?

It is the misnamed "zeal for the ministry." When we begin to work in the parish or in a ministry, everything seems new to us and we want to "soak up" everything around us. Slowly we gain confidence and, little by little, we "manage" the service and start to have "everything clear". But what we do not have clear yet is that Jesus cannot be managed or controlled. Although it seems that we know him, even if we walk miles and miles with him, he will always be new, always disconcerting, always "the other".

But, in our eagerness to control everything (motivated by our fears), we begin to decide what Jesus should do and what he should not do because it is not right for him to do it (according to our poor criteria). We decide which doors he should open and which ones he should close. We decide which people can enter a church ministry and which ones should "stay outside" purifying themselves of their sins. We tell God whom he should bless and whom he should turn away from his sight.

In these difficult times, we must learn to tune into the Holy Spirit. We must learn what the "sound of the Spirit's voice" is like, to avoid falling into extremism. Discernment is a charism that we must persistently ask for, especially those of us who are pastors in some way: parents, teachers, priests, etc., because, if we remain blind to who truly God is, we could be leading the sheep to the abyss. And we may fall, too.

In order to know better who the Holy Spirit is and how he helps guide us towards the perfect plan that the Father has for us, you can see the different WordBytes we have about the Holy Spirit on our website, or take the online courses: How to Hear the Holy Spirit, Living in the Power of the Holy Spirit and How to Pray in the Power of the Holy Spirit.

Inside the Ministry: Jesus answered May's questions

May & Larry Camilleri

May C. in Canada writes, "Dear Jesus, during this week of turmoil, I suffered.  This morning you gave me the answers to my confusion through WordBytes.... Truly, trusting in You is the only way.  Truly, I am in complete awe, Jesus, about how You brought all the pieces together this morning, way beyond my understanding."

She said to me and the Good News Ministries team: "No priest, bishop or cardinal would have been equipped to speak to me today, as if it were Jesus Himself in front of me, the way He spoke to me through you. I am extremely grateful.  You are saving His dear souls in multitudes."

And she prayed: "I praise and I thank You, my Dear Jesus, for introducing me to Your disciple Terry [and Good News Ministries]." (We had met at a GNM seminar that I gave in her parish.)

In gratefulness, she donated US$400 to Good News Ministries "as a donation to Jesus." Isn't that beautiful?!! Her investment in the works of Good News Ministries was an important contribution and it's making an impact. Our supporters are changing the world by bringing the light of Christ into the darkness that seems to be taking over the lives of so many people.

Thank You Lord Jesus for May and everyone else like her who supports this ministry because of what You have done in their lives!

When the joy is gone, believe what God says

Have you been feeling a need to pray like this? "Give me back the joy of Your salvation, and a willing spirit sustain in me" (Psalm 51:14 from Saturday's readings).

The past couple of weeks have been very challenging for me. A family member back-stabbed me. My father's medical problems became more stressful. Plans for the new office got derailed (apparently I had misinterpreted God's plans). One disappointment after another. It all left me feeling weak in faith.

Normally I recover from hurt and discouragement in a day or two by turning to God in prayer, giving him praise and worship, and (my motto) keeping my eyes on Jesus. This time, however, it took much longer. One of the problem resurfaced a long-time hurt that seems impossible to resolve; I needed time to grieve (again). Another problem resurfaced a long-time unmet need -- and so I got mad at the Lord for giving me a taste of something good and leaving me hungry for more without providing it. Like giving me only an appetizer, never the full dinner.

I cried out to God and felt very much like what singer-songwriter Lauren Daigle describes in this song. It ministered to me. It healed me. It began the restoration of my joy. It will minister to you, too.

You say I am loved

I keep fighting voices in my mind that say I'm not enough
Every single lie that tells me I will never measure up
Am I more than just the sum of every high and every low
Remind me once again just who I am, because I need to know

You say I am loved
When I can't feel a thing
You say I am strong
When I think I am weak
You say I am held
When I am falling short
When I don't belong
You say I am Yours
And I believe
I believe
What You say of me
I believe

The only thing that matters now is everything You think of me
In You I find my worth, in You I find my identity

You say I am loved
When I can't feel a thing
You say I am strong
When I think I am weak
You say I am held
When I am falling short
When I don't belong
You say I am Yours
And I believe I believe
What You say of me
I believe

Taking all I have and now I'm laying it at Your feet
You have every failure, God, and You'll have every victory

You say I am loved
When I can't feel a thing
You say I am strong
When I think I am weak
You say I am held
When I am falling short
When I don't belong
You say I am Yours
And I believe
I believe
What You say of me
I believe

Oh, I believe
Yes, I believe
What You say of me
Oh, I believe

God bless you!

Every morning, I lift up in prayer everyone who helps Good News Ministries in any way (donors, volunteers, prayer supporters, etc.) and all the prayer requests posted on our site.

Thank you for reading this newsletter.

Terry ModicaYour servant in Christ,
Terry Modica, Executive Director
Good News Ministries
gnm.org

Keep your eyes on Jesus!

Look to the past with gratitude.
Live the present with passion.
Move into the future with hope.
Find creative ways to proclaim the gospel of joy!
(Wisdom by Pope Francis)

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