Posted by: frburke23 | May 16, 2014

thought for Friday, 4th Week of Easter

Acts 13:26-33

When Paul came to Antioch in Pisidia, he said in the synagogue:
“My brothers, children of the family of Abraham,
and those others among you who are God-fearing,
to us this word of salvation has been sent.
The inhabitants of Jerusalem and their leaders failed to recognize him,
and by condemning him they fulfilled the oracles of the prophets
that are read sabbath after sabbath.
For even though they found no grounds for a death sentence,
they asked Pilate to have him put to death,
and when they had accomplished all that was written about him,
they took him down from the tree and placed him in a tomb.
But God raised him from the dead,
and for many days he appeared to those
who had come up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem.
These are now his witnesses before the people.
We ourselves are proclaiming this good news to you
that what God promised our fathers
he has brought to fulfillment for us, their children, by raising up Jesus,
as it is written in the second psalm,
You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.

As someone who played baseball for many years, I came to realize that there are times when things are really going well and I didn’t have to think about what I was doing.  I just reacted to situations and usually everything turned out very well.  There were also times when I would fall into a slump and I would over-think every situation.  Things never turned out well when I did this.

 

It was during those difficult slumps that my coach would take me “back to the basics”.  He would coach me to stop over-analyzing the situation and just react.  “Trust your instincts”, he would say, “and imagine a time when things were going really well and visualize that again.”  Inevitably I would get out of the slump and everything would fall back into place.

 

Why do I bring this up?  Today Paul takes us “back to the basics” of our faith.  He is preaching to the Jews in Antioch possibly for the first time.  He has to begin with the basics of the faith in order that they can begin their journey of faith.  What are the basics?  Jesus was crucified because they say He claimed to be the Son of God.  They saw Him as a threat to their religious authority.  He died and was placed in the tomb and on the third day He rose again.  Many witnesses saw Him alive and now are going around the world preaching the Good News.

 

Maybe we are struggling with our faith.  We might be in a spiritual slump.  We can get overwhelmed by the complexity of life or we are struggling with why we believe what we do.  We might be overwhelmed by the bad news that is all around us on the news and in the papers.  As your spiritual coach I encourage you to go “back to the basics”.  Why are we Christian?  It is because Jesus died, rose again and still lives and intercedes for us at the right hand of the Father.  That is what really counts.  That is what gives us hope!  Jesus is our hope!

 

What is the reason for your faith?

Do you give thanks for those like St. Paul who have passed on the faith through the centuries?

Is it time to go back to the basics of our faith?

 

Have a blessed day!

Fr. Burke

https://frburke23.wordpress.com

 

Here is the Spanish translation:

 


Hechos 13:26-33

Cuando Pablo llegó a Antioquía de Pisidia, dijo en la sinagoga;
“Mis hermanos, hijos del linaje de Abraham,
y aquellos otros entre ustedes que temen de Dios,
nos ha sido enviada esta Palabra de salvación.
Los habitantes de Jerusalén y sus jefes no lo reconocieron,
y al condenarlo ellos cumplieron los oráculos de los profetas
que son leídas de sábado en sábado.
Pues no encontraron motivos para una sentencia de muerte,
le pidieron a Pilato que lo condenara,
y cuando cumplieron todo lo que estaba escrito sobre él,
lo bajaron del madero, lo pusieron en un sepulcro.
Pero Dios lo resucitó de entre los muertos,
y por muchos días se apareció a aquellos
que habían subido con él de Galilea a Jerusalén.
Estos son ahora sus testigos ante el pueblo.
Nosotros estamos proclamando esta buena noticia para ustedes
lo que Dios prometió a nuestros padres
que ha llevado a plenitud para nosotros, sus hijos, al resucitar a Jesús,
como está escrito en el segundo salmo:
Tú eres mi Hijo; yo te he engendrado hoy“.

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Como alguien que jugó béisbol por muchos años, me di cuenta de que hay veces en que las cosas van realmente bien y no tenía que pensar en lo que estaba haciendo. Simplemente reaccioné a situaciones y usualmente todo salió muy bien. Hubo también momentos en que caía en una depresión y pensaba de más cada situación. Las cosas nunca salieron bien cuando hice esto.

Fue durante esas depresiones difíciles que mi entrenador me llevaba vuelve a lo básico”. Él me entrenaba para dejar de sobre-analizar la situación y sólo reaccionar. “Confía en tus instintos”, decía, “e imagina un momento en que las cosas iban muy bien y visualiza eso otra vez.” Inevitablemente salía de la depresión y todo caía en su lugar.

¿Por qué menciono esto? Hoy Pablo nos lleva “vuelve a lo básico” de nuestra fe. Él está predicando a los Judíos en Antioquia, posiblemente por primera vez. Él tenía que comenzar con lo básico de la fe, a fin de que puedan iniciar su camino de fe. ¿Qué es lo básico? Jesús fue crucificadoporque dicen que El afirmó ser el Hijo de Dios. Ellos lo vieron como una amenaza a su autoridad religiosa. Él murió y fue colocado en la tumba y al tercer día resucitó. Muchos testigos lo vieron con vida y ahora van por todo el mundo predicando la Buena Nueva.

Tal vez estamos luchando con nuestra fe. Podemos estar en una depresión espiritual. Nos podemos agobiar por la complejidad de la vida oestamos luchando con lo qué creemos que hacemos. Podríamos estar agobiados por las malas noticias que están a nuestro alrededor en las noticias y en los periódicos. Como su entrenador espiritual los animo a “volver a lo básico”. ¿Por qué somos cristianos? Es porque Jesús murió,resucitó y vive e intercede por nosotros a la diestra del Padre. Eso es lo que realmente cuenta. ¡Eso es lo que nos da la esperanza! ¡Jesús es nuestra esperanza!

¿Cuál es la razón de tu fe? 
¿Das gracias por aquellos que, como San Pablo ha pasado la fe a través de los siglos?
¿Es hora de volver a lo básico de nuestra fe?

¡Tengan un día bendecido!

Fr. Burke

https://frburke23.wordpress.com


Responses

  1. i like your thoughts on daily readings.

    i still want to join your diocese as a seminarian. what should i do?

  2. please donot forget to always pray for the abducted girls in chlbok as Christians in Nigeria pray for God’s intervention.

  3. Thank you Father….I needed this….

    Bea Bartolucci Marchese

  4. Thanks, Fr. Burke, for sharing the example from your life and for your comments on this Scripture passage – these are more helpful than I can express. Thank you for listening to the Lord and teaching and encouraging all of us. God bless!


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