"He is not here, He is risen," "But go, tell His disciples and Peter that He is going before you to Galilee."




The Words of Jesus of Nazareth

Following the Resurrection


I know from where I have come, and where I will go. You cannot tell from where I have come, or where I am going. You are from the earth. I am from above. You are of this world. I am not of this world.


‘Cast Of Characters’ Book Excerpt

Mark 16:4-7


4  And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back; — it was very large.  5  And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed.  6  And he said to them, "Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him.  7  But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you." 


"He is not here, He is risen,"

"But go, tell His disciples and Peter that He is going before you to Galilee."

Now tell me if that’s not a hidden treasure.


If I might paraphrase the words, "Don’t stay here, go tell the disciples," a pause, then a smile, "and especially tell Peter, that He is going before you to Galilee."


What a line. It’s as if all of heaven had watched Peter fall – and it’s as if all of heaven wanted to help him back up again. "Be sure and tell Peter that he’s not left out. Tell him that one failure doesn’t make a flop."


No wonder they call it the gospel of the second chance.

Not many second chances exist in the world today. Just ask the kid who didn’t make the little league team or the fellow who got the pink slip or the mother of three who got dumped for the "pretty little thing."


Not many second chances. Nowadays it’s more like , "It’s now or never." "Around here we don’t tolerate incompetence." "Gotta get tough to get along." "Not much room at the top." "Three strikes and you’re out." "It’s a dog eat dog world!"

Jesus had a simple answer to our masochistic mania. "It’s a dog eat dog world?" He would say. "Then don’t live with the dogs." That makes sense, doesn’t it? Why let a bunch of failures tell you how much of a failure you are?

Sure you can have a second chance.


Just ask Peter. One minute he felt lower than a snake’s belly and the next minute he was the high hog at the trough. Even the angels wanted this distraught netcaster to know that it wasn’t over. The message came loud and clear from the celestial Throne Room through the divine courier. "Be sure and tell Peter that he gets to bat again."


Those who know these types of things say that the Gospel of Mark is really the transcribed notes and dictated thoughts of Peter. It this is true, then it was Peter himself who included these two words! And if these really are his words, I can’t help but imagine that the old fisherman had to brush away a tear and swallow a lump when he got to this point in the story.


It’s not every day that you get a second chance. Peter must have known that. The next time he saw Jesus, he got so excited that he barely got his britches on before he jumped into the sea of Galilee. It was also enough, so they say, to cause this backwoods Galilean to carry the gospel of the second chance all the way to Rome where they killed him. If you’ve ever wondered what would cause a man to be willing to be crucified upside down, maybe you now know.


It’s not every day that you find someone who will give you a second chance – much less someone who will give you a second chance every day.

But in Jesus Peter found both.


Abba, Father, Lord God, thankful for all the second chances, I am humbled. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.


True devotion hinders no one, but rather it perfects everything, and whenever it is out of keeping with any person’s legitimate vocation, it must be spurious.

— St. Francis de Sales


Revelation 5:1-10
Psalm 149:1-6, 9
Luke 19:41-44

41  And when he drew near and saw the city he wept over it,  42  saying, "Would that even today you knew the things that make for peace! But now they are hid from your eyes.  43  For the days shall come upon you, when your enemies will cast up a bank about you and surround you, and hem you in on every side,  44  and dash you to the ground, you and your children within you, and they will not leave one stone upon another in you; because you did not know the time of your visitation." 


Audio books I am listening to and other books or readings I am reading:

The Words of Jesus of Nazareth by Lee Cantelon

Ask and It Is Given, Volume 1: The Law of Attraction Unabridged By Esther Hicks and Jerry Hicks Narrated by Jerry Hicks – Ask and It Is Given, by Esther and Jerry Hicks, which presents the teachings of the nonphysical entity Abraham, will help you learn how to manifest your desires so that you’re living the joyous and fulfilling life you deserve. As you listen, you’ll come to understand how the Universal laws that govern your time/space reality influence your relationships, health issues, finances, career concerns, and more. It’s your birthright to live a life filled with everything that is good, and this audio program will show you how to make it so in every way!

The Pontiff in Winter: Triumph and Conflict in the Reign of John Paul II By John Cornwell Narrated by John Lee – Pope John Paul II is one of the most famous and influential political figures of the world. Now, best-selling author and journalist John Cornwell has written an accessible and provocative portrait of this highly charged figure, focusing primarily on the last five years and the major world events, and scandals within the Church that have impacted the papacy. The result is a thoughtful assessment of John Paul II’s legacy to the Church. In an age when many people see the Catholic Church as an institution in crisis, Cornwell raises the level of debate by posing difficult questions; chief among them is the effectiveness of a system that grants lifetime power to an individual vulnerable to the vicissitudes of aging and illness.




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