Sunday, January 11, 2015

"Friendship & Beer with Jesus" Part 3.

"Friendship & Beer with Jesus" Part 3. 

 Welcome to part 3 of the blog “Friendships & Beer with Jesus”. The first blog (click here for part1) was the introduction of the song “Beer with Jesus” and the quote from C.S. Lewis about friendships. The second blog (click here for part2) explored more in depth of that quote. Tonights blog will be about the song. Below I again have the video and the song lyrics or click here to be taken to the video. 

     I know some may say the title of the song may seem not respectful but you have to keep it is perspective. Also as we know we have to look past the outer (title) and look at the inside (lyrics) to really get the meaning of it. Jesus did sit down with His friends and have Wine after all. It is a reality and the idea of beer is just a one on one sitting with a friend talking over life and the issues that arise from it. The other part of it is that, well lets face it, it reaches people that may not have listened to a song about Jesus. Yet, because of the title it got them to listen. I personally do not have a problem with it at all. 

     The idea of the song is that one on one personal connection & relationship with Jesus. So much that it would be just like sitting down with your best friend over a beer, wine, coffee, whatever you choose. Can you really just imagine what it would be like? To just sit across from Jesus and have the experience. Just as you meet up with friends and ask for advise and share some laughs. I know I have in the past made sure it was a quiet section where I could just talk to some friends. Not to be distracted by what was around us and just focused on the time.  Yes, we speak to Jesus in prayer and in prayer we may get answers but this is not what I am talking about or down playing it. I have always wanted to see Jesus just interact with the disciples. Not per say in the “teaching” moments but in the daily conversations. 

     What questions would you ask? What would you say? Would you speak more or listen more? Would you ask for just one more drink, just 5 more minutes or just be happy with the time you had? I must say I would want more time. 

    It is not hard for me to imagine this idea at all. I have often though about sitting with Jesus at a restaurant or walking on a trail in the woods or even walking along the beach. Just talking like old friends. Are you able to do the same? Take more of that personal side and human side of Jesus? It is great to be able to have the balance of Jesus as God and Jesus as human. If you tend to go to one end or the other, you miss out and you will not have the full experience of the life that He wants for you. 

    When things are tuff and you find it hard to do the formal prayers, think about this song. Put yourself and Jesus in a place where its comfortable for you and just talk like friends would. It will make a difference and you will get a different perspective. 

    Tomorrow will be part four of the blog and it will focus on friendships with Jesus.

Until tomorrow, God Bless, and where would you sit with Jesus and talk? 

"Beer With Jesus"

 If I could have a beer with Jesus
Heaven knows I’d sip it nice and slow
I’d try to pick a place that ain’t too crowded
Or gladly go wherever he wants to go

You can bet I’d order up a couple tall ones
Tell the waitress put ‘em on my tab
I’d be sure to let him do the talkin’
Careful when I got the chance to ask

How’d you turn the other cheek
To save a sorry soul like me
Do you hear the prayers I send
What happens when life ends
And when you think you’re comin’ back again
I’d tell everyone, but no one would believe it
If I could have a beer with Jesus

If I could have a beer with Jesus
I’d put my whole paycheck in that jukebox
Fill it up with nothing but the good stuff
Sit somewhere we couldn’t see a clock

Ask him how’d you turn the other cheek
To save a sorry soul like me
Have you been there from the start
How’d you change a sinner’s heart
And is heaven really just beyond the stars
I’d tell everyone, but no one would believe it
If I could have a beer with Jesus

He can probably only stay, for just a couple rounds
But I hope and pray he’s stayin’ till we shut the whole place down

Ask him how’d you turn the other cheek
To save a sorry soul like me
What’s on the other side?
Is mom and daddy alright?
And if it ain’t no trouble tell them I said hi
I’d tell everyone but no one would believe it
If I could have a beer with Jesus
I’d tell everyone but no one would believe it
If I could have a beer with Jesus

Monday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 305
Reading 1
HEB 1:1-6
Brothers and sisters:
In times past, God spoke in partial and various ways 
to our ancestors through the prophets; 
in these last days, he spoke to us through the Son, 
whom he made heir of all things 
and through whom he created the universe,

who is the refulgence of his glory, 
the very imprint of his being,
and who sustains all things by his mighty word.
When he had accomplished purification from sins,
he took his seat at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
as far superior to the angels
as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

For to which of the angels did God ever say:

You are my Son; this day I have begotten you?

Or again:

I will be a father to him, and he shall be a Son to me?

And again, when he leads the first born into the world, he says:

Let all the angels of God worship him.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 97:1 AND 2B, 6 AND 7C, 9
R. (see 7c) Let all his angels worship him.
The LORD is king; let the earth rejoice;
let the many isles be glad.
Justice and judgment are the foundation of his throne. 
R. Let all his angels worship him.
The heavens proclaim his justice,
and all peoples see his glory.
Let all his angels worship him.
R. Let all his angels worship him.
Because you, O LORD, are the Most High over all the earth,
exalted far above all gods.
R. Let all his angels worship him.

MK 1:15
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Kingdom of God is at hand:
repent and believe in the Gospel.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

MK 1:14-20
After John had been arrested,
Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the Gospel of God:
“This is the time of fulfillment.
The Kingdom of God is at hand.
Repent, and believe in the Gospel.”

As he passed by the Sea of Galilee,
he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea;
they were fishermen.
Jesus said to them,
“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Then they left their nets and followed him.
He walked along a little farther
and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John.
They too were in a boat mending their nets.
Then he called them.
So they left their father Zebedee in the boat
along with the hired men and followed him.

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