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83. Evil hates Light

Often in the Bible, there are clear passages like this one and at the same time, precise and without appeal: “For everyone who does wicked things, hates the light and does not come toward the light, …More
Often in the Bible, there are clear passages like this one and at the same time, precise and without appeal:
“For everyone who does wicked things, hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed. But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.” John, chapter 3, verses 20 to 21
To do evil is to hate light. To hate light is to hate God. Evil and light are not compatible. It is unthinkable to build up a bad action and declare that it’s luminous.
It’s also difficult to get rid of bad habits. When they don’t seem too damaging, we tend to forget them. And yet the tiniest bad habit can degenerate into unhealthy or even harmful habits.
So, it’s important to watch over our habits and dig out those that can cause harm. If they can harm others, they can also hurt us:
“Whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.” We move in faith only with the light …More

82. Two Choices

The human person has two choices: to focus on God or to move away from him. The image represented by the escape of the Israelites before the Egyptians represent a return to God. To return to God is to …More
The human person has two choices: to focus on God or to move away from him. The image represented by the escape of the Israelites before the Egyptians represent a return to God. To return to God is to be placed in the line of good, to want his Love, to accept the best he offers, to let ourselves be raised and then be peacefully embraced.
A nation who is in God and on the move is recovering his freedom. All peoples should be on the way, together, both feet in the Kingdom of God.
It’s with the Love of God that people and the environment are transformed. They are walking with him.
Let’s cling to this thought:
“Whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, and sister, and mother.” Matthew, chapter 12, verse 50
The one who loves his brother and his sister, his mother and his father and all humans, place himself in God’s family.
The new American Bible, 2011-2014
Book: Let’s Love God, Normand Thomas

81. To run away

Moses responds to the people: “Fear not! Stand your ground, and you will see the victory the Lord will win for you today. These Egyptians whom you see today you will never see again. The Lord himself …More
Moses responds to the people:
“Fear not! Stand your ground, and you will see the victory the Lord will win for you today. These Egyptians whom you see today you will never see again. The Lord himself will fight for you; you have only to keep still.” Exodus, chapter 14, verses 13 to 14
It takes caution to clearly understand this text. The Lord fights evil among the Egyptians, although God does not fight the Egyptians. Pharaoh chooses evil by confining a nation to slavery.
Pharaoh lays his evil on the backs of his own Egyptians. He makes the Egyptians, his people, responsible for his evil and he swings his evil against the Israelites.
If the Lord fights for the people of Israel, it is simply to give them the courage of their convictions and to continue on the road of faith in God. That will set them free.
Fleeing evil leads to God. By fleeing the state of slavery in which the Israelites have been for far too long, they are giving themselves the means to take back their lives.
The new …More

80. God's grace on us

Job is in the middle of the storm. And he responds to God with wisdom: “I am of little account; what can I answer you? I put my hand over my mouth. Though I have spoken once, I will not do so again; …More
Job is in the middle of the storm. And he responds to God with wisdom:
“I am of little account; what can I answer you? I put my hand over my mouth. Though I have spoken once, I will not do so again; though twice, I will do so no more.” Job, chapter 40, verses 4 to 5
In seeking the good in the other, we will discover goodness in us and we’ll move forward together by following Jesus. Easy.
Let’s become beings filled with the Presence and the Light of God, in order to become familiar with his Light. Let’s ask God’s grace on us to discover his light in the heart, the life and the being of the people around us.
Let’s give thanks for the Presence of God in our life and welcome his Light that enlightens us on the daily path of conversion and faith.
The new American Bible, 2011-2014
Book: Let’s Love God, Normand Thomas

79. Dehumanized thinking

This is a reflection that God proposes to Job. It can also feed our thoughts. The Lord addresses Job from the midst of his personal storm: “Who is this that obscures divine plans with words of ignorance …More
This is a reflection that God proposes to Job. It can also feed our thoughts. The Lord addresses Job from the midst of his personal storm:
“Who is this that obscures divine plans with words of ignorance?” Job, chapter 38, verse 2
Jesus showed us, when he passed into our world, how we disfigure God. We risk being upset when we chase God away. We expose ourselves to lose a lot when we back away from him.
We observe humans, we fall into the faults and sins of the past to such an extent that we come to think God is like us. We hear it everywhere. This one is like that, that one is like this. Why should I follow people in the Church if they are not able to be charitable, to be happy?
We believe that by observing the human being, we see God there. But it’s a little simpler than that. The human being is not God. So, it’s impossible for a human to be perfect either in the world or in the Church.
It will always be easy to find some fault with someone, but let’s not put that fault on God’s back. …More

78. God's Kingdom

Paul gives us a very beautiful message: “For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them.” Ephesian, chapter 2, verse 10 …More
Paul gives us a very beautiful message:
“For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them.” Ephesian, chapter 2, verse 10
“We are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus.” How powerful, just these few words!
We usually live in a house and we always come back to the house. Our real home is in Jesus Christ. We are true when we establish ourselves in him.
Mary and all the saints are also in the Kingdom of God and they watch over us helping us constantly to get closer to Jesus. Everything is there, now, freely offered, to lead us in Jesus.
The new American Bible, 2011-2014
Book: Let’s Love God, Normand Thomas

77. Indispensable Love

Love is abused and very often refused. If God is Love, why does it seem there’s lack of love on earth? Believing in God, transforming our way of life, returning to a heart to Heart with God, so that …More
Love is abused and very often refused. If God is Love, why does it seem there’s lack of love on earth?
Believing in God, transforming our way of life, returning to a heart to Heart with God, so that his Love flows freely within us, is indispensable.
Otherwise, we block God’s Love and without a compass we drift away. The implications of misleading ourselves or not following Jesus are many. The risk is to have difficulty returning to him.
The only compass we can trust is the Love of God. Jesus invites us to welcome and follow him to truly live within his Love. We are also encouraged to humbly find our place before God.
May we be persons who are signs of Christ present among our contemporaries, to help them receive the Love of God.
The new American Bible, 2011-2014
Book: Let’s Love God, Normand Thomas

76. The rule of Love

God is Love and his Love contains a Law: “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.” 1 John, chapter 4, verse 7 A person who has a …More
God is Love and his Love contains a Law:
“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.” 1 John, chapter 4, verse 7
A person who has a grudge or hatred is invited to do an examination of conscience. Why is he like this? Well, it’s because he is like that or has he become like that? Is it because he himself did not receive love from people or did not discover the Love of God?
It’s very difficult to define someone’s fault. This is why we are invited to let this person observe himself before God. The person who did some harm is the only one who can figure out what led him there. This harm comes either from him or caused by another person. He did not receive this evil from God.
We are invited to perform an examination of conscience before God. Jesus invites us to receive faith by inviting him into our life. The faith that will abound in us will help better understand the more difficult situations.
The Love of God is the rule …More

75. We scream to the Lord

To this demand: “Graciously rescue me, God! Come quickly to help me, Lord!” Psalm 70, verse 1 Let’s add: “I waited, waited for the Lord; who bent down and heard my cry.” Psalm 40, verse 2 This cry …More
To this demand:
“Graciously rescue me, God! Come quickly to help me, Lord!” Psalm 70, verse 1
Let’s add:
“I waited, waited for the Lord; who bent down and heard my cry.” Psalm 40, verse 2
This cry is the realization that we are sinners, since we think that God is not around. The cry helps in recognizing that we are making too much effort that leads to nothing and that we do not let ourselves be Loved by God or by others.
This cry is also about thinking that we can manage everything on our own, that we can manipulate for our popularity, that we can go so far as to hurt others.
Let’s not wait. Let’s accept the Lord’s truth, fully. He will free us from harm, since he hears our cry. Better still, he had heard our inner complaint before our cry.
God separates within us evil from good to elevate peace anew from our baptism: “He drew me out of the pit of destruction, out of the mud of the swamp, set my feet upon rock, steadied my steps.” Psalm 40, verse 3 When we are drawn from the mud and …More

74. Jesus is the target

Some people from the temple want to stop Jesus. They closed their hearts. They are convinced that he isn’t God: “The guards went to the chief priests and pharisees, who asked them, ‘Why did you not …More
Some people from the temple want to stop Jesus. They closed their hearts. They are convinced that he isn’t God:
“The guards went to the chief priests and pharisees, who asked them, ‘Why did you not bring him?’ The guards answered, ‘Never before has anyone spoken like this one.’” John, chapter 7, verses 45 to 46
The guards hear reason. They find no reason to stop Jesus, because they know that Jesus did nothing wrong.
Still, the temple officials will insist and plan Jesus’s capture. Nicodemus questions them:
“Does our law condemn a person before it first hears him and finds out what he is doing?” John, chapter 7, verse 51
Nicodemus seeks to rescue Jesus, but some of them don’t want to listen. When we are convinced that a person is false, even wrongly and because of false rumours and conscience manipulation, even if the person is fundamentally authentic, the door closes on the truthfulness of this person.
Then, they develop obscure ways to crucify Jesus. And that’s how, in the world, so …More

73. God is with us

Jeremiah, from the beginning of his ministry, as soon as he works with God, he understands him, since he’s with him: “I knew it because the Lord informed me; at that time you, O Lord, showed me their …More
Jeremiah, from the beginning of his ministry, as soon as he works with God, he understands him, since he’s with him:
“I knew it because the Lord informed me; at that time you, O Lord, showed me their doings.” Jeremiah, chapter 11, verse 18
The Lord informs and guides us. He is with us when we are with him. From then on, the Lord teaches us, as he informs Jeremiah.
Are we listening like the prophet Jeremiah? Too often, we do not feel that Jesus is close. Too often, too, we are busy elsewhere. Jesus cannot speak to us if we aren’t in a listening state.
If we are not listening to Jesus, we enter a risky zone. For Jesus alone can really teach us about himself.
We are, ourselves, a mystery when we do not understand God. The Lord is not a mystery. The greatest mystery is that we are not listening to him.
The new American Bible, 2011-2014
Book: Refusing sin, Normand Thomas

72. God’s authority

What a beautiful passage: “Since in this way I have profited, I will give my teacher grateful praise.” Sirach, chapter 51, verse 17 Let’s acknowledge that everything that has been accomplished in …More
What a beautiful passage:
“Since in this way I have profited, I will give my teacher grateful praise.” Sirach, chapter 51, verse 17
Let’s acknowledge that everything that has been accomplished in beauty, truth, good and reality during our life has not happened by chance.
We did not create wisdom. We did not invent love. We did not think our intelligence. Let’s face the facts and recognize that all talents, values, gifts, charisms and graces come exclusively from the Lord.
Let’s also recognize that the wisdom of God has been given us to receive him. If God had not allowed receiving him, we would be like a cloth that has no interest, no will, no movement.
Yes, there are still people who think that they are the only kings of their lives, that they have given themselves everything and that they can even stand above Jesus. Temple officials question Jesus:
“By what authority are you doing these things? Or who gave you this authority to do them?” Mark, chapter 11, verse 28
Strange question …More

71. The lie

To think that God is blaspheming, to think that God is lying is the ultimate lie of too many people in Jesus’s days and this is still happening now. It is written and still today people think that …More
To think that God is blaspheming, to think that God is lying is the ultimate lie of too many people in Jesus’s days and this is still happening now. It is written and still today people think that Jesus is not God.
The person distorts reality by slipping away from Jesus. He comes to not even recognize that Jesus is God. The remoteness from God removes the person from believing in him. He loses sense of reality and the meaning of God.
It’s not surprizing that some people responsible of the Temple want to stone Jesus, with their incomprehension, their loss of meaning, to the point of thinking that Jesus blasphemes.
Let’s find Jesus in our heart, in our life, let’s keep him close by. This is the only way to recognize Jesus. Let’s continue our walk with Jesus to the cross. Let’s take advantage today to free ourselves from the evil that we carry and give it to Jesus, so that he may cleanse and save us too. May we recognize him as he is.
May Jesus guide and encourage us to discover the …More

70. The facts announce God

Jesus is caught in the middle of a situation. He administers wellness, he warns against evil, and some want to stone him. Jesus encounters incomprehension: “The Jews again picked up rocks to stone him …More
Jesus is caught in the middle of a situation. He administers wellness, he warns against evil, and some want to stone him. Jesus encounters incomprehension:
“The Jews again picked up rocks to stone him. Jesus answered them, ‘I have shown you many good works from my Father. For which of these are you trying to stone me?’” John, chapter 10, verses 31 to 32
We know all the good works that Jesus did. He has multiplied them. We can read or reread the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, to discover or rediscover them.
People are stuck in their hearts and they don’t let the light through. They fear losing control over situations, over the people and they fear Jesus. They have trouble to align themselves properly.
These people answer him:
“We are not stoning you for a good work but for blasphemy. You, a man, are making yourself God.” John, chapter 10, verse 33
The reason they want to stone Jesus is that they think he thinks he is God. And yet, absolutely all the signs that Jesus did describe …More

69. To manipulate

The difficulty for people in authority who are afraid of losing their place, mostly their ideal, is to manipulate their surroundings. They will find the means to be the “ones”. To remain at the top, …More
The difficulty for people in authority who are afraid of losing their place, mostly their ideal, is to manipulate their surroundings. They will find the means to be the “ones”. To remain at the top, they will provoke and bring down the person who seems to contradict them. This is happening with Jesus and also with Jeremiah. God asks Jeremiah to speak on his behalf to the crowd:
They have forsaken me and alienated this place by burning in it incense to strange gods which neither they nor their fathers knew; and the kings of Judah have filled this place with the blood of the innocent. Jeremiah, chapter 19, verse 4
After Jeremiah describes the people’s attitude, he hears the murmur that threatens him:
“‘Terror on every side! Denounce! let us denounce him!’ All those who were my friends are on the watch for any misstep of mine. ‘Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail, and take our vengeance on him.’” Jeremiah, chapter 20, verse 10
Jeremiah understands and feels that his remarks …More

68. God is here

“Cast away from you all the crimes you have committed, and make for yourselves a new heart and a new spirit.” Ezekiel, chapter 18, verse 31 Let’s ask Jesus to clean our heart and free it from all the …More
“Cast away from you all the crimes you have committed, and make for yourselves a new heart and a new spirit.” Ezekiel, chapter 18, verse 31
Let’s ask Jesus to clean our heart and free it from all the little undesirable teachings we collect. May Jesus become the only Master of our heart, our thoughts and of our life.
“You, Lord, give light to my lamp; my God brightens the darkness about me.” Psalm 18, verse 29
Yes:
“Lord, hear my prayer; let my cry come to you. Do not hide your face from me now that I am in distress. Turn your ear to me; when I call, answer me quickly.” Psalm 102, verses 2 to 3
When we are in deep distress, we often feel that there is no one who can help. We also feel our helplessness. Sometimes we meet someone and he question in this way, “How are you?” and we become more anxious. We seem confronted over and over again by the same question. And we say to ourselves: “Yet people should see it or know that we are not doing well!”
Here, in the passage of the Psalm that we …More

67. Our actions

God’s invitation: “Wash yourselves clean! Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes; cease doing evil.” Isaiah, chapter 1, verse 16 The central message of the Bible is to stop doing evil and learn …More
God’s invitation:
“Wash yourselves clean! Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes; cease doing evil.” Isaiah, chapter 1, verse 16
The central message of the Bible is to stop doing evil and learn to radiate goodness. There are natural foundations for life and we are invited to discover them. Conversion, a return to the Love of God, is to take the narrow path and live the only journey that leads to God’s Heart.
Even if past sins are heavy [with meaning], with God’s forgiveness, we will gradually feel the lightness of the feather. The more feathers we have, the more we can fly to the Kingdom of God.
It’s difficult to watch the snow when it reflects the sun. The same phenomenon occurs when the dry sand of the beach receives and reflects the sun’s rays. Our eyes do not support it.
God’s light is even more powerful than the sun’s glow on snow and sand, but infinitely softer and observable. The light will be bright, but progressive and very respectful for the person who receives and enters …More

66. We do not listen to God

Here’s a confession of the people: We did not heed the voice of the Lord, our God, in all the words of the prophets whom he sent us, but each one of us went off after the devices of our own wicked …More
Here’s a confession of the people:
We did not heed the voice of the Lord, our God, in all the words of the prophets whom he sent us, but each one of us went off after the devices of our own wicked hearts, served other gods, and did evil in the sight of the Lord, our God. Baruch, chapter 1, verses 21 to 22
It’s automatic, whenever people shy away from God’s will, the danger is real to get lost and seek compensation elsewhere.
God created us (creates), our body, our soul and our spirit. But if our judgment is not in conformity with his, our existence doesn’t always demonstrate what is of God. Even though we have received everything from God, all too often we are not conscious about it. We are then influenced by many ways and many discordant voices that have nothing similar to the will of God.
We are told:
“We have been disobedient to the Lord, our God, and only too ready to disregard his voice.” Baruch, chapter 1, verse 19
We turn easily from the goal and we risk a lot by not planting our …More

65. Being with others

We may not go and meet with others. We live with the “what will they say,” “what will others say about us” and we feel that if we approach them, we will disturb them. We come to think we’re a burden. …More
We may not go and meet with others. We live with the “what will they say,” “what will others say about us” and we feel that if we approach them, we will disturb them. We come to think we’re a burden.
It’s a shame to think that way, since loving is never a burden. Even though we are not always perfect, we can learn to be with others. Let’s take steps and learn to trust others, carefully. It’s all about being ourselves and being peaceful.
Paul has a deep wish:
If I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing as I observe your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ. So, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in him, rooted in him and built upon him and established in the faith as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. Colossians, chapter 2, verses 5 to 7
Paul offers a good example of faith. Although he knows he’s far from his friends, he wants to reassure them that he is with them wholeheartedly. He reminds us that no one is alone. We think of others …More

64. Far from God

Jesus comes to ease our struggles, to heal from disease: “Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease …More
Jesus comes to ease our struggles, to heal from disease:
“Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness.” Matthew, chapter 9, verse 35
There are people looking for the doctor. They fight their illness, they adapt to their disability day after day. But the most destructive disease of which God wishes to heal is unquestionably the closing of our heart, of wanting to keep God’s Love locked in. To imprison Love, to want to deny it and to do everything not to recognize it is the primary cause of our misfortune.
The person who is truly sick, the ultimate illness, is to shy away from the Love of God. Yet lacking his Love is impossible. Love is. Love remains.
Some people refuse love and they can give the impression that God’s Love doesn’t exist. But evil is always provoked either by us or by other people.
It becomes very sensitive when we experience the prolonged absence of people who …More