Deacon Lincoln’s Log 2-26-17

Goose, Goose Breast, Fry, Food, Christmas Food, Feast“There is nothing better for mortals than to eat and drink and find enjoyment, for these are from the hand of God.”
Ecclesiastes 2:24

“One will have to give account in the judgment day of every good thing which one might have enjoyed and did not.”
The Talmud

Lent is nearly upon us, but before we began our time of fasting, we have the time of feasting known as Mardi Gras (or Fat Tuesday). Mardi Gras is not a time of overindulgence or immorality as it is sometimes portrayed. Instead, at its heart, Mardi Gras is about enjoying the gifts God has given us to the fullest. It is a time of gratitude and thanks.

I priest in the diocese recently shared his favorite Mardi Gras prayer, which gets at the sensuousness and delight of Mardi Gras.

O Lord, refresh our sensibilities.  Give us this day our daily taste. Restore to us soups that spoons will not sink in, and sauces which are never the same twice.  Raise up among us stews with more gravy than we have bread to blot it with, and casseroles that put starch and substance in our limp modernity. Take away our fear of fat, and make us glad of the oil which ran upon Aaron’s beard.  Give us pasta with a hundred fillings, and rice in a thousand variations.  Above all, give us grace to live as true folk – to fast till we come to a refreshed sense of what we have and then to dine gratefully on all that comes to hand.  Drive far from us, O Most Bountiful, all creatures of air and darkness; cast out the demons that possess us; deliver us from the fear of calories and the bondage of nutrition; and set us free once more in our own land, where we shall serve thee as thou hast blessed us – with the dew of heaven, the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine. (Robert Farrar Capon)

May the next few days be days of great joy and gratitude in your life as we prepare for the coming lenten fast.

“Come, therefore, let us enjoy the good things that exist, and make use of the creation to the full as in youth. Let us take our fill of costly wine and perfumes, and let no flower of spring pass us by. Let us crown ourselves with rosebuds before they wither. Et none of us fail to share in our revelry; because this is our portion, and this is our lot” (Wisdom 2:6-9).

Peace,

Dcn. Lincoln A. Wood

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Deacon Lincoln’s Log 10-13-13

In God’s gift of faith, a supernatural infused virtue, we realize that a great love has been offered us, a good word has been spoken to us, and that when we welcome that word, Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, the Holy Spirit transforms us, lights up our way to the future and enables us to joyfully advance along the way on the wings of hope.

Pope Francis, The Light of Faith 7

[Jesus said,] ‘It seems that no one has come back to give praise to God, except this foreigner.’ And he said to the man, ‘Stand up and go on your way. Your faith has saved you.’

Lk. 17: 19

Faith and gratitude are intimately connected. Faith is a gift from God. Faith is our capacity to accept the greatest gift that God has given us, salvation in Jesus Christ. It is an openness to the great love of God that is given to us in Jesus.

But if it is not exercised, this openness lies dormant. Like an open door, it swings in the wind, waiting for someone to enter. Or like a seed that is never watered, it lies dormant. Faith loses its purpose and becomes listless if left by itself. It must be acted upon and activated. Like all virtue, faith grows when it is used.

Gratitude is one of the primary ways we exercise our faith. Giving thanks to God opens our faith to new levels. It acknowledges the gift we have been given, and empowers us to receive even more.

All ten lepers received the gift of healing in the Gospel (Lk. 17:11-19), but only one exercised faith in offering thanks and praise to God. It was to this man that Jesus said, “Your faith has saved you.”

In our baptism each of us has been given the gift of faith. This week, exercise your faith by thanking God for all He has done for you in Jesus.

Peace,

Lincoln A. Wood

Deacon Lincoln’s Log 8-11-13

Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”

Lk. 12:48

With great power comes great responsibility.”

Spiderman’s Uncle Ben

While we may not be Spiderman, we have each been given everything we have from God. The first response to the gift of our lives – everything we have and everything we are – is gratitude. It is all a gift, after all.

Our next response is generosity. We have been given each of these gifts to be shared with others. We have a responsibility to one another, whether we have been given a lot or a little. Our gifts connect us to one another and demand to be shared.

Sometimes fear prevents us from being generous. Jesus says to us, “Do not be afraid any longer… “ (Lk 12: 32). The Kingdom of God has been given to us. There is nothing to fear. Sometimes it is hard to believe this but it is true. The generous God who blesses us daily will not abandon us in our need. With that confidence we can reach out to others and mirror the generosity God has shown us.

This week reflect on what you have been entrusted with. Do you have previously unknown gifts that are now calling to be shared? Have you shared your gifts generously? How can you grow in generosity? What fears prevent you from sharing the gifts God has entrusted to you?

We may not be able to leap from building to building or cling to walls, but we do have gifts to share. Let’s grow in generosity together.

Peace,

Lincoln A. Wood

Identity

[After creating the heavens and the earth] God said, Let us make man in our own image, in the likeness of ourselves and let them be masters of the fish of the sea, the birds of heaven, the cattle, all the wild animals and all the creatures that creep along the ground. God created man in the image of himself, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them. God blessed them, saying to them, Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and subdue it. Be masters of the fish of the sea, the birds of heaven and all the living creatures that move on earth And so it was. God saw all he had made, and indeed it was very good.

Gn. 1:26-31

Gratitude

Father, we acknowledge your greatness: all your actions show your wisdom and love. You formed us in your own likeness and set us over the whole world to serve you, our creator, and to rule over all creatures. Even when we disobeyed you and lost your friendship you did not abandon us to the power of death, but helped all to seek and find you. Again and again you offered a covenant to us, and through your prophets taught us to hope for salvation. Father, you so loved the world that in the fullness of time you sent your only Son to be our savior.

Eucharistic Prayer IV