Deacon Lincoln’s Log 12-1-13


You know the time; it is the hour now for you to awake from sleep.
For our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed…”

Rom. 13:11

“When God visits, he doesn’t just say ‘Hello’”

Fr. Goeffrey Preston, O.P.

Are you ready?

That is the disturbing question of Advent. It is a question meant to rearrange our souls. It is not a question about Christmas. It is not a question about parties or presents or decorations or trees.

It is a question about who we are…

Are you ready?

God is coming. That is the meaning of the term advent. Are you ready to meet him?

He is coming to set all things right. He is coming to bring justice and peace to the world. He is coming to conquer darkness, even the darkness in our own hearts.

Are you ready?

Is your heart set right? Do you want justice for all people?

God is coming. Advent is here.

Are you ready?

Peace,

  Dcn. Lincoln A. Wood

Deacon Lincoln’s Log 11-24-13

“If you are King of the Jews, save yourself.”
Lk. 23

This weekend we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King. This celebration marks the end of our liturgical year, with the celebration of Advent beginning next week.

As we celebrate the reality of the kingship of Christ, we are forced to confront our idea of power. Like the soldiers who mocked Jesus on the cross, power seems to us to be the ability to “save yourself.” If Jesus was God and therefore all-powerful, the soldiers’ question makes perfect sense. If you are king, can’t you do whatever you want? Why would you ever choose to suffer?

But as followers of Jesus we see power differently. Power is not the ability to “save yourself.” Rather, true power is the ability to love and sacrifice. Jesus’ power is revealed on the cross. This royal power is not self-serving. It is a power for others.

Instead of using His power to save himself, Jesus used His power to save us. He entered into our suffering and brought the King there. He did not avoid the darkness of pain, suffering, and death. Jesus brought His light into our pain and suffering, even to the point of death. Light overcomes the darkness, not by fleeing but simply by being there.

Jesus is our King. He does not save Himself, but comes to us, especially in our pain and suffering. The power of His light banishes the darkness. His royalty is not something great for Jesus. It is good news for us. Thanks be to God!

Peace,

Dcn. Lincoln A. Wood

Pope Francis is an Evangelical! Part II

Always start with Jesus.

Train, Run, Win

Hi EC blog followers!  Back with two more Magisterial-Goodnewsical Moments.  If you missed the first two and the introduction, see Part I: http://theecatholic.wordpress.com/2013/11/08/pope-francis-is-an-evangelical-part-i/

Magisterial-Goodnewsical Moment #3: 

In Evangelization, Personal Witness Precedes Doctrine

What Benedict taught eloquently in encyclicals and exhortations, Francis lives dramatically, making the content of our faith come alive.

For me, faith is born from the encounter with Jesus. A personal encounter, which has touched my heart and given direction and new meaning to my existence.  Letter to La Repubblica

The most important thing is the first proclamation: Jesus Christ has saved you….Proclamation in a missionary style focuses on the essentials, on the necessary things: this is also what fascinates and attracts more, what makes the heart burn, as it did for the disciples at Emmaus. (America interview)

OK, Benedict XVI said it more eloquently: “Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a…

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Deacon Lincoln’s Log 11-17-13

“Before all this happens, however, they will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name.” Lk. 21:12

“… there have been seventy million martyrs since the time of Christ. Of that total, fully half, or forty-five million, went to their deaths in the twentieth century…” John Allen, The Global War on Christians

I just started reading John Allen’s new book: The Global War on Christians. John Allen is a respected Vatican journalist who covers global issues. He is one of the best. His book is helping me to see the church in a new light.

On the world stage, Christianity is not a global power. Christianity is primarily made up of oppressed minorities and women who are often persecuted for their beliefs. Many Christians today are suffering for their faith, often to the point of death.

This fact makes us uncomfortable. We tend to think of our faith as a source of peace, and indeed it is, but it is a peace that the world cannot give.

“Hearing accounts of how Muslim radicals in Egypt pour sulfuric acid on the wrists of Coptic Christians in order to eviscerate the tattooed crosses most Copts wear is not exactly conducive to inner peace. It’s disturbing and uncomfortable, and perhaps not what some Christians in the West are seeking,” (Allen 17).

The Gospel is not comfortable. It challenges us to look deep within ourselves and find a love beyond our capacity and a faith beyond our strength. The witness of these martyrs can give us hope and perspective. Hope in God’s power to conquer death. Perspective in seeing that love alone matters.

Peace,

Dcn. Lincoln A. Wood