Tonight as I read scripture and reflect, in my life I have done many things I am not proud of. Jesus says … “There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known.” How embarrassing and humiliating it will be for me to make known to the world the darkness in my life. Somehow, I think I should be sad thinking about this but I am not. In fact, right or wrong, I am going to rejoice in the mercy of God and trust that He will lead me out of darkness through His mercy.
I have so much to be thankful for and give praise and glory to God. Tomorrow, I am blessed with picking up two of my beautiful grandchildren after work, to spend the weekend with me. I am scheduled to play Mass music on Saturday evening and oh yes, the Dodgers won tonight and made it to the NLCS to play against the Cubs. (I thought I would throw that in there since I grew up a Dodger fan and worked for them for 11 years.)
With all the negatives going on in this world, there is hope in the light of Jesus who tells us just how much we are loved … “Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins? Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God. Even the hairs of your head have all been counted. Do not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.”
Thanks be to God!
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Mike Burke; Friday, October 14, 2016
I do not know why, but after watching Sunday night’s football game, I changed the channel to the Emmys. I tend to take a more negative perception of award shows. I grew up seeking awards and the pats on the back for doing well. Pride was important to me and humility seemed to be lost. I now hope to do the best I can as an unprofitable servant but it is still a journey in overcoming pride. That is just me and my opinion and celebrating the accomplishments of greatness in one’s career can be good. How? I think by realizing that all the glory goes to God and being thankful for the gifts that God has given to achieve the award.
Watching only a few minutes, there was Hollywood, center stage with actors in the spotlight promoting their worldly viewpoint of sin. Here are some of the most talented people, with great influence on the young and the old, sharing what they believe is right and just in today’s society. The battle of the world versus God will continue and Hollywood, with all the applause, will seem to have the upper hand leading more and more people into darkness. Fortunately, we know who wins in the end.
All of today’s scripture readings, Proverbs 3:27-34; Psalm 15; Luke 8:16-18; have a theme of being in the light and doing what is right and just. Everything that we do in darkness will one day be revealed in the light. We are a very divided world. As a Christian, my views really clash with the popularity of what Hollywood and society accepts as the norm. As I grew up without Jesus, I was one of these children of darkness. I did not know any better and really had no spiritual guidance. Someone or many someones must have been praying for my conversion to come into the light of Jesus. My prayer tonight is for all of Hollywood and the world who have accepted evil as good and good as evil, to come to know the truth. Lord Jesus, have mercy on us all. Amen.
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Mike Burke; Monday, September 19, 2016