CO-EDITOR OF THE NOTHING IS MORE PRACTICAL THAN FINDING GOD WEBSITE
Author of I Had Lunch with God, Kathleen Sullivan, PhD, created the University of Notre Dame’s prayer site in 2007 and in 2012 collaborated on the Jesuit’s prayer site, JesuitPrayer.org. She teaches courses on leadership and learning at the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University South Bend. Kathleen has received the Distinguished Teaching Award and has received the Trustees Teaching Award three times from Indiana University South Bend.
Her book, I Had Lunch with God, offers penetrating, challenging and consoling meditations on Gospel events echoed in stories from our world today. This work awakens faith and applies it to the vexing questions of daily life. Each short reflection provides an uplifting and sometimes humorous story that hinges on a gospel passage. The brief commentary offers an honest and hope filled message rooted in our Lord’s guarantee to walk the walk with us.
Selection from I Had Lunch from God
Expect It and Sidestep It
Winston Churchill exemplified integrity and respect in the face of opposition. During his last year in office, he attended an official ceremony. Several rows behind him two gentlemen began whispering. “That’s Winston Churchill. They say he is getting senile. They say he should step aside and leave the running of the nation to more dynamic and capable men.” When the ceremony was over, Churchill turned to the men and said, “Gentlemen, they also say he is deaf!” (Barbara Hatcher, Vital Speeches)
No one is spared the sting of unwarranted criticism. Certainly not Jesus. Our Lord had brought optimal healing to the man whose hand was weak and twisted. It should have been a magnificent moment. One of gratitude and reverence. Instead, the scribes and Pharisees “were filled with fury and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus.”
Jesus could not control what others’ thought of him; however, he could choose love over popularity. When you find yourself unfairly criticized, ask the Lord to protect you from the stress and anger that can accompany such treatment. “For if we live for peoples’ acceptance, we will die from their rejection.” — Lecrae
Like Jesus, you cannot control how others treat you. Nevertheless, you have total power over doing the right thing. Therein lies your refuge from slanderous comments.