Sunday, February 19, 2006

The Ways of Proactivity

Proactivity
Your Good News this Week
February 18 - 24, 2006

Let us learn from the scriptures today about being proactive.

No need to recall the past, no need to think about what was done before.
See I am doing a good deed, even now it comes to light; can you not see it? (Is. 43: 18-25)

Jesus was preaching when some people came bringing him a paralytic carried by four men; but as the crowd made it impossible to get the man to him, they stripped the roof over the place where Jesus was, and when they had made an opening they lowered the stretcher on which the paralytic lay. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic, "My child, your sins are forgiven." (Mark 2:1-12)

We all affect each other. According to Carl Jung, "The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of 2 chemical substances; if there is a chemical reaction, both are transformed." We affect each other both negatively and positively the moment we encounter one another.

We hope to do it right the first time with a proactive attitude. By regarding the person as our own can the cycle of proactivity start. Second, remember of think about what we can give the other rather than what we can receive. Love produces love; giving produces giving. Even the most selfish person is actually a person in need; he can still change.

And finally, remember that the heart of every proactive attitude is Jesus who came "not to be served but to serve."

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Sensitivity

Your Goodnews this week
February 12 - 18, 2006

Cycle B

"A leper came to him and pleaded on his knees: 'If you want to,' he said, 'you can cure me."

And Jesus said, "Of course, I want to!" (Mark 1:40-45)

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines "leprosy" as a physical disease accompanied by a loss of sensation with eventual paralysis, wasting of muscle, and production of deformities and mutilations. But it is also analogous to a morally or spiritually harmful influence.

A "spiritual leprosy" is something that we have to be watchful for. When we have lost sensation of those around us because we are so comfortable within the walls of our own luxurious living; when we fail to feel even those closest to us, our own children, because we think that we have provided them with "everything". When there is no sting of anger in our hearts becuase of poverty caused by social indifference, instead, we build for ourselves higher walls, then we truly need God's grace to free us from our own insensitivity and to have the courage to do what is right and just.

Then we can feel exactly what God is feeling for all of us and be more responsive to the needs of others.

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Saturday, February 04, 2006

Strength in Weakness

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Cycle B

Remember that my life is a breath; my eye will never again see good. (Job 7:1-7)
To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. (1 Cor 9:16-23)
Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also; for that is why I came out. (Mk 1:29-39)

PRAYER OF ACCEPTANCE
by Bl. Charles de Foucauld

Father, I entrust myself to you.
Do with me what you want.

Whatever you wish to do with me,
I thank you.

I am ready for everything,
I accept everything.

Provided your will be done in me
and in all your creatures,
I desire nothing else, my God.

I place my soul into your hands,
I give it to you, my God,
with all the love of my heart,

because I love you,
because it is to me a demand of love
to give myself,

to commit myself to you without reserve,
with an unlimited trust,
for you are my Father.