For you this week:
Saturday March 6, 2021
But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. (From Saturday's Gospel reading)
Reflection for Saturday:
The Father is full of compassion for you
The Father is full of compassion for you. Compassion is not something that we have to wait for. Compassion is not something we need to be good enough for. Jesus gave us a parable that describes what the Father’s compassion looks like. The story of the Prodigal Son in this Saturday's Gospel reading illustrates that compassion fills the Father’s heart even while we are still far off-track in the Christian life.
What don’t you like about yourself? Do you still feel ashamed of your sins, and is this making you wonder if Father God is keeping you in misery because you don’t deserve better treatment?
The parable of the Prodigal Son assures us that the Father cherishes us no matter what we’ve done. He waits, full of fatherly yearning, for us to turn away from our sins and turn toward him. That’s all we need to do, just turn around. And the moment we do that, he runs to us! He wastes no time but immediately embraces us, welcomes us, and kisses us with his super-abundant love.
The prodigal son had not yet asked his dad for forgiveness when he felt forgiveness wrap around him like a warm blanket. His confession came afterward. This is how the Father treats us. When we sin, he waits for our repentance with eager anticipation. He feels the pain of our absence. His fatherly heart yearns for the moment when we’ll realize that we’re better off with him than in the pig sty of our sins.
Why does he treat us this way when he knows we will so easily fall back into sin? He sees our future. And yet he does not hold our future sins against us. He embraces us in the here and now. That’s compassion!
This is what it means to be an adopted child of God. When the Father looks at us who are his adopted sons and daughters, he doesn’t focus on what we’ve done wrong. While we are still in the state of sin, his focus is on the horizon line while he awaits our turn-around. He focuses on the steps we make in the right direction. And he is driven by compassion to run and meet us, wherever we are, and to embrace us in a divine welcome-back hug, and to brace us up in our weaknesses.
Because of this, we can stop feeling ashamed of ourselves. We can give God’s compassion to ourselves....
This has been an excerpt from my new book, "30 Days to the Father's Heart". The book is currently available on the website 30daystothefathersheart.com. You can read the rest of today's reflection by visiting it @ https://30daystothefathersheart.com/chapters/day-16-the-fathers-compassion/.
The publisher who holds my other books is now looking at the manuscript of this new one. Your prayers would be appreciated for this project.
Insider's secret: The man in the photo above was my dad several years ago. Now that he is with the Lord in the next life, he knows that the Father's compassion is bigger than he had ever imagined.
Inside the Ministry: Good news squashes the bad news
The bad news is: The pandemic has kept people apart. The good news is: The pandemic has created new opportunities to get together. For Good News Ministries, this means we're now reaching more people than ever.
I've been a guest speaker in online conferences, and I've been interviewed on the podcast shows of other ministries. So we now have a new category in our Media Center library of videos: It's called "Guest Spots". And this week you can see "The St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation Interviews Terry Modica" @ gnm-media.org/the-st-raymond-nonnatus-foundation-interviews-terry-modica/.
Meanwhile, I'm delighted to report that my book "30 Days to the Father's Heart" (you can read it online) is currently being considered by the publisher who has my previous books. And now that this project is awaiting their response, I have time to record new podcasts for the Footsteps to Heaven show. Praise the Lord!
In reactivating the podcast show, at Good News Ministries we're committed to bringing you good news. There's too much bad news every day, right? On our phones, our TVs, conversations with friends and family -- we see and hear about too much evil. In politics, in our families, in our workplaces, in schools -- there's lots of evil to talk about and learn about. It's overwhelming.
The healthy and holy way of handling all the bad news that's coming at us is to put up a boundary against it. If you feel depressed, worried or anxious, fearful or irritable, you need to put limits on how much evil you expose yourself to.
It's the devil, not God, who wants you to lose your joy over how much evil there is in the world each day. While it is important to know about the devil's works in order to discern what God wants us to do about it, we only need to know enough to realize that we should to turn to Christ and follow him in his ways of dealing with evil-doers.
God cares about you. He won't let disaster come to you if you focus more on Jesus (Who is the good news) than on the bad news.
In my new podcast (see below) and in upcoming episodes, I'll bring you good news that helps us unite to Jesus (and to each other) in defeating the devil. I'll pay attention to the spiritual battlefield that we are all suffering from, but only just enough to discern (A) that the sun is still rising every morning, (B) that Christ's Second Coming or Great Illumination hasn't happened yet, and (C) what kind of encouragement and strengthening the Lord wants to give you through Good News Ministries.
Let's squash the bad news together! Come and be blessed by the newest podcast! I promise it will put a smile on your face and melt away stress.
Don't worry, God is with you now (new podcast)
What do you worry about regarding the future? What about the past is still haunting you? In this episode of Footsteps to Heaven, I want to share with you the secret to having faith that transforms the future, transforms the past, and -- more than that -- transcends it. It's the secret to having such a profound relationship with God in order to have the joy that he wants for you right now. No matter what's going on in the world, and no matter what's going on in your life, you can have joy by focusing on experiencing God in the here and now -- the eternal now.
Listen to this podcast @ gnm.org/footsteps84.
Or watch the video @ gnm-media.org/dont-worry-god-is-with-you-now.
God bless you!
Thank you for reading this newsletter.
Your servant in Christ,
Terry Modica, Executive Director
Good News Ministries
Keep your eyes on Jesus!
And when you have to look at others, see them through his eyes.
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