Luke 1: 5-25
You have given sterility its pregnancy! We are, once again, beckoned to believe in the impossible. We have in our readings two stories of women who were sterile, but become pregnant. It’s interesting to note that these stories are fairly common in the Scriptures and always the child to be born is destined to make a great difference for the good of the people. Great things happen from seemingly impossible situations! Can you believe it?? I have difficulty believing it, like Zechariah, and so I remain unable to speak, paralyzed in my journey. We all experience “sterility” in our lives, in one way or another. What is sterile in your life these days? What’s sterile in the life of our world? Can I believe that this sterility can be overcome and new life can emerge? It’s just a matter of believing! AND taking action. What’s some small thing that I can do today to give pregnancy to a part of my life, or that of our world, that is lifeless and sterile? If I am honest, most of the time I am like Zechariah who basically looks at the angel and says “yeah, . . . Right! You have GOT to be kidding!” Most of the time I am like Zechariah and don’t believe that incredible things can happen in my life and the life of the world. And in my lack of belief, I remain like Zechariah, lifeless, speechless and a bit listless and lethargic. We are knocked over the head again today by God who says, “Wake up! Believe it!” We are again beckoned to walk through our days believing that life CAN be different, that the world CAN be different! The past couple of weeks I have felt listless. This morning when I read these readings and pondered them, I felt deep within me “Yeah right, . . . You have GOT to be kidding!” And then I started to change my thinking and believe that maybe, just maybe the impossible can happen. I’m not sure if it will. But you know what? . . . I’m not listless anymore. A little pregnancy has been given to my listless sterility.
I began praying last week that God would direct my thinking. And it’s happening. I am realizing, particularly in one area of my life, how negative my thinking remains. I am happy that this has been brought to mind, for it gives me an opportunity to change it. We’ll see what else comes to mind as I continue to pray that God direct my thinking.
No matter what may happen in my life that says “this will never happen for you!” I need to have a little faith and keep believing that it will. And it takes just a “little” faith, just a little effort daily to watch my thinking around this area of my life, just a little reminder. I will be interested to see what happens. I look forward to it!
“If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this sycamore, ‘Be uprooted and transplanted into the sea,’ and it would obey you.” (See Luke 17: 6)
The size of a mustard seed. Just a small seed. Just a little faith – and watch what happens!
When we lift our thoughts to the Universe, whether we call this prayer, meditation, positive thinking or the like – when we lift our thoughts for others or ourselves, expect a response. Watch for it! When I have lifted something in prayer or thought, I need to be attentive to I the promptings that I feel within AND respond to them. When I am lined up with Divine energy, the promptings that I feel within may well be pointing me in a direction. It behooves me to respond to these inner promptings and take action. This is our part in manifesting spirit into form reality. Karl Rahner, a great theologian of the 20th century used to say that Divine action is 100% God AND 100% us. That is, if I just sit back and think positively, pray, meditate or whatever, but don’t respond to the promptings and situations that Life puts in my path – little will happen.
Is there something that you have felt stirring within you? Is Life putting something in your path to lead you somewhere? Are you responding to it?
Follow the promptings and see where life takes you. Watch what happens in your relationships, your work or your life situation. We might be surprised!
Matthew 11: 20-24
We sometimes see, but we still don’t believe. Miracles happen, even little ones, but we sometimes pass it off as a coincidence or a fluke. We quickly go back to old patterns of thinking and behavior and go our merry, or not so merry, way. Jesus, in this Gospel is very frustrated, to the point of being pissed. The people see miracles all around them, but they don’t change, they don’t believe, they don’t “re-form.” Instead, they stay in the same patterns of thinking and behavior. “I see it, but that will never happen to me!” And, ironically, such disbelief keeps them grasping and hoarding whatever little they can get and pits them one against the other. If they believed in abundance, if they believed that good things happen all the time, they would no longer feel the need to hoard and grasp, or worry and fret about the future. Don’t we all do that?
I have recently become aware that a few things that I have been intentionally placing my attention on, my thoughts, are coming to pass. I am seeing these things slowly manifest in my life and in the lives of others. I see this, yet so easily can go back to negative patterns of thinking; and when I do, negative things inevitably come to pass! Can I open my eyes today and see even some small movement, some small growth, some small “miracle?” If I keep my attention on that (aka, believe!), then it will go well for me, others and the world that I hold in positive thought.
One more thought before I end today. The synchronicity of Life continues to amaze me. As I said, I have begun to realize the past couple of days that a few things I have placed my attention on are beginning to manifest in my life. This morning in my meditation I found myself thinking: “Hmm, . . . Maybe this stuff really works??!” On my way to work, I slowly came to a stop for a red light. As I sat there, I looked at the car in front of me, which had a bumper sticker on it. It said: “Expect Miracles” I smiled to myself. Perhaps that in itself was a miracle.