Thursday, October 29, 2009

There is always room for one more...

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you,
how many times I yearned to gather your children together
as a hen gathers her brood under her wings,
but you were unwilling!"
-Luke 13:34

Today's Readings for 10/29/09:

Few Gospel passages make me hungry, this is one of them. I always think of chicken wings. I know it is bad but if you knew how much I tend to talk about hot wings, then you would get it. The other Gospel passage that makes me hungry is the feeding of five thousand because every time I think of the multiplication of the fish, I think of sushi.

Today was such a well balanced day for me, it felt like a pyramid of wellness. I went to class today and I am working on a group project where myself and five other people will be focusing on Young Poets in New York City. My fellow group members seem really excellent and I think they will be my second positive group experience in two months. My focus for this specific group project is going to be the importance of support networks for people, specifically young poets, and support networks as intentional family. More to come as this progresses.

Have you ever wondered, what do I write. I have and I am wondering it right now. I think it is okay not to know. One day I heard a very great priest mention in a homily that Luke's Gospel is about the poor. He said that we should have hearts that always had room for one more. He proceeded to tell us a story, I heard this when I was in the diocesan seminary about four years ago, of him going with his aunt to the beach. He said in the summer, when he was growing up, his aunt would come with her children to his house to pick up him and his sisters to go to the beach. They could fit four kids in the back seat of her LTD comfortably but there would always be one or two more than could fit. And his aunt would say every time, "There's always room for one more."
He continued, no matter how illegal it was she would pack the car with whoever needed to go and they would always make room for that extra person. I just remember thinking, how beautiful is that, to always make room in my heart because there is always room for one more.
(DISCLAIMER: I am not endorsing excessive occupancy of a vehicle according to the state's and manufacturer's guideline. Duh! Unless it is authorized for that extreme usage as per photo below.)

"There is always room for one more."

I guess I remember that because this same priest once gave a homily on Luke's Gospel and said, "John is my favorite Gospel, but Luke is my kind of Gospel." [Luke's Gospel has always been associated with Jesus directly effecting the lives of the poor, the down trodden, the sinners, the outcasts, the marginalized, and those people whom no one really gave a crap about. Well Jesus not only cares about them deeply but loves them infinitely. More healing miracles are in Luke's Gospel than any of the other three Gospel. Luke is trying to get a point a cross. Anyway needless to say I like Luke's Gospel a lot.] He then went on to say that he loves the image of Jesus wanting to gather us in his arms as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings. And to be honest I almost lost it. If you knew the priest that I am bloggin' about you know the sincerity of his heart. I imagine the hen always making room for one more not matter how many chicks she has. I imagine Jesus doing the same thing, inviting us to be under his protection and in the embrace of His love. "There is always room for one more..."

Today was the kind of day where I remembered how many people have made room for me in their heart and who are in my heart also. I was able to see my former teacher at school today who has these eyes that let you know everything will be okay. She has these eyes which just look into your soul and accepts you for who you are just the way you are. Now granted I know she is human and that there are limitations but she challenges my already set limitations in an amazing way. I remember telling a classmate of mine that our teacher has these eyes that you just wanna blurt out your whole soul and cry in front of her and that would be okay. She laughed at me. Needless to say she cried the next time she spoke to her.

Today was the kind of day where I had two different friends met together for the first time and it worked beautifully. Just to show the range of these two friends, one is a priest whom I have known for six years and he was just ordained last year. He is Dominican and speaks Portuguese. I hope this is not too obvious but that impresses me because I DON'T know ANYONE who speaks Portuguese. So today he met my other friend who is a Holocaust survivor, she is truly a remarkable and inspirational human being who will be very upset at me when she reads this but, oh well, I think she will get over it... I hope...

Today was the kind of day where I wasn't rushed. I gave my self a straight razor shave in the morning and prayed as naturally as breathing today. At times I felt like my prayer was like coughing but none the less I prayed. The first reading for daily mass today is just amazing:

Reading 1
Rom 8:31b-39

Brothers and sisters:
If God is for us, who can be against us?
He did not spare his own Son
but handed him over for us all,
how will he not also give us everything else along with him?
Who will bring a charge against God’s chosen ones?
It is God who acquits us.
Who will condemn?
It is Christ Jesus who died, rather, was raised,
who also is at the right hand of God,
who indeed intercedes for us.
What will separate us from the love of Christ?
Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine,
or nakedness, or peril, or the sword?
As it is written:

For your sake we are being slain all the day;
we are looked upon as sheep to be slaughtered.

No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly
through him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life,
nor angels, nor principalities,
nor present things, nor future things,
nor powers, nor height, nor depth,
nor any other creature will be able to separate us
from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

They say a picture is worth thousand words so here ya go. I photo shopped Dali's Last Supper with a Motivational Poster and this quote from Romans.
(Here is a link on how to make your own motivational poster:
I hope you enjoy it.

Looks like there is room for one more at the table...

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