relax

Feb 28, 2012

Before you read any further, decide that you will take five minutes to reflect on this blog entry. Five minutes of prayer at the end of (or in the midst of) your busy day.


Now that you have done this, and before you read on, ponder what you have read for a minute or two.


This morning I celebrated Mass with Dot and Des who celebrate today sixty years of marriage. The readings of the day were a most appropriate encouragement.  

I mentioned the word on Sunday, and here it is again as a ‘theme’. Relax!

The Word of God among us is powerful. The miracles we long for (but really do not expect…do we!) are just routine activity for God.  

It is right that today we congratulate Des and Dot. But even more remarkable is the action of God who created them, who brought them together, who has gifted them with life in every breath.

It is inevitable that we note and notice human achievements. But it is God who gives life and breath, who sends the rains and snows, and who gives us His WORD, Jesus to carry us in every moment.

And in our prayer is inevitable that we use words, many words to pray. At the end of a day we might comment that we have (or have not) prayed, judged in the number of ‘prayer’ words that we have prayed.

But Jesus leads us back to the heart of all life, the intimate love of the One who knows what you need before you ask.

Take a moment now to relax: to be still and silent. Notice your breathing. Feel your pulse.  You are not causing that beat of life: God is gifting you with the greatest miracle of all in every moment. There is no greater miracle than life.

Now relax again in the gaze of the one who knows what you need before you ask.


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