For you this week:
Saturday April 17, 2021
It had already grown dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. (From Saturday's Gospel reading)
Come Holy Spirit, and fill the hearts of your faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Your Love. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created, and You shall renew the face of the earth. Oh God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit instructed the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Spirit we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolation. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Reflection for Saturday: The Surprising Adventure
The busy day had reached its tiresome end. Unfortunately, we could not rest yet. We had to make our way to the next place, the next agenda, the next assignment that the Lord had given. Blindly. The storm-darkened night made it impossible to know what dangers lay ahead, let alone how to avoid them. But we forged on ahead. Crazy us!
This is what I imagine the disciples were thinking in John 6:16-21 before Jesus came walking on the water and said, "It is I. Do not be afraid."
If you've never experienced this sort of predicament, you've not worked for the Lord much. This is normal life for a disciple who genuinely wants to make a difference in the world by following and implementing the plans of Jesus.
What I like best about this scripture is how the disciples teleported from the middle of the Sea of Galilee to the beach at Capernaum. One moment they're waving at Jesus, beckoning him to join them in the boat, excited that he has arrived to help them, and the next moment their boat is hitting the rocky shore. Their hands were probably still in the air. The name of Jesus was probably still on their lips -- except, that last syllable probably became something that indicated surprise. Like, "Jeee-SUS!" Bam. "How'd we get here?"
Serving the Lord is an adventure. That's for sure.
What boat are you in right now that Jesus is using to take you somewhere in ministry? If you're not sure, we have a set of WordBytes (short articles) entitled, The Master Needs You, which are designed to help you discern your usefulness to the kingdom of God. Visit https://wordbytes.org/evangelization-ministry/of-the-laity/#master.
The world is in such a mess, and there are so many victims of false teachings who are not going to make it to heaven unless they turn to Christ, that Jesus truly does need you -- each and every one of us.
Your boat is your current situation. Whatever and wherever. Jesus has use for it. Even the situation that has been a bad trial. Especially the situation that has been a bad trial. Jesus will make victory come from it when he uses it to calm the storms of others. If you say yes to him and watch for opportunities, you will find yourself on a surprising shore.
Do you know what happened the day after the disciples' boat got teleported? The crowds came looking for Jesus, and he told them about the Eucharist that he would provide at every Catholic Mass. He said, "I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world."
How many people around you are not eating this bread? Jesus cares about them. Do you? Do you care enough to find out where Jesus wants to teleport your boat to next so that more people will discover what he is offering to them?
Inside the Ministry: The Unexpected Future of GNM
It feels kind of freaky -- and at the same time, exciting -- when God challenges us to change plans.
"I don't know what the future holds, but I know Who holds the future."
That's a quote that has ministered to me for many years (by Ralph Abernathy, 1926-1990, a black American pastor and civil rights leader who was Martin Luther King's chief aide during the civil rights movement of the 1950s and '60s).
One day about 24 years ago, when Good News Ministries was very young, the Lord taught me to follow him with one foot in the air: "Don't put that foot on the ground until I make the next step clear," he said. "Keep your balance by staying centered in Me." (Practice that! Make it your spiritual exercise for today.)
And now once again I'm dangling one of my feet in the air as I wait on the Lord. There are plenty of signs indicating that he's preparing us to minister to the people in darkness in a way that builds on what we've done in the past but which also produces a new harvest.
Last weekend while I was on a retreat, he showed me the orchard called Good News Ministries. This was an image that he had given me two decades ago but which I had forgotten. Back then, GNM was a single fruit tree. Due to the sins and addictions of our first chaplain, some of the fruit on that tree rotted. I had despaired over this until the Lord showed me that the rotted fruit still had viable seeds in them. In the vision, the bad fruit fell to the ground before they finished ripening (we had to remove this priest and send him back to his bishop) but the rot helped nourish the ground. The seeds sprouted. And the Lord promised me that a whole orchard would grow from the seeds of both the good and the bad fruits.
(Can you hear God making the same promise to you regarding something that has rotted in your life? He surely is!)
Well, my friend, you've been partaking of the good fruits that grew from the prophesied growth of the GNM orchard.
Last weekend, when the Lord reminded me of the vision of the orchard, he told me that there are many, many seeds that have been collected over the past two decades, and now it's time to till a new field for a new harvest.
The world is darker than ever before. Therefore, God is preparing the hearts of unbelievers as well as the hearts of ex-believers -- including those loved ones of yours for whom you've been praying. Satan's influence is strong but God is stronger. Woooohooo! Praise the Lord!
You are one of the people in darkness -- not because you are rejecting the Truth but because you are the light of Christ glowing in the darkness. Together we will make a bonfire that attracts others to the Light.
Please pray for me and Ralph as we deeply pray for clear discernment about the next steps.
The kindling wood has already been gathered in the fire pit. Come, Holy Spirit! Kindle in us the fire of your Divine Love. Send forth Your Spirit and You shall renew the face of the Earth. Amen!
Be Bold and Courageous! (video)
Three years ago, Ralph and I made a series of videos called "Good News for Today". This one, "Be Bold and Courageous", comes from Joshua 1:6-9. It will empower you for the Divine Calling in whatever positions of authority and responsibility you have.
Ralph tells his story of speaking up in the corporate world, risking his job and successfully influencing upper management to relinquish their control to Ralph. And he ties it in with Jesus’ message of servanthood in Matthew 20:20-28.
Listen to this podcast @ gnm.org/footsteps87.
Watch the video @ gnm-media.org/be-bold-and-courageous/. Or if you prefer to read it, download the transcript at this link.
Next Event: Consecration to the Holy Spirit
April 24 – June 6, 2021
Become more sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s promptings! Wherever you are on your journey of faith, you can receive more from your personal relationship with the Third Person of the Holy Trinity than what you’re currently experiencing. By opening yourself to the truths that will be revealed in this 44-day CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT, your life will never be the same. The event begins on April 24, 2021.
Each day you will receive a prayer and a short video. You will learn how to hear the Holy Spirit and start living in the power of the Holy Spirit. Consecration day will be May 23, Pentecost. Afterward, we will continue in a Mystagogia Period for two weeks of learning how to pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, ending on June 4, the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. May your spirit leap for joy as the Holy Spirit embraces you — because you actually feel it!
Sign up today at https://elists.gogoodnews.net/dada/mail.cgi/list/holyspirit.
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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