“And all day long, both at the temple and in their homes,
they did not stop teaching and proclaiming the Christ, Jesus.”
“One thing I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord.”
People often ask how I go about preparing these daily reflections. I usually answer that if I am praying during the day, the reflections flow easily and the challenge is to restrict myself to one of the many ideas in my head. I then add that on the days when I might not be so actively and consciously seeking God then I find myself late into the evening struggling for something to share.
Put another way, when I am consciously seeking God, the daily scripture readings shout dozens of inspirations at me. When I am preoccupied with my own concerns and anxieties and ignoring God then even the most beautiful of scripture passages are powerless to move me.
When people ask I add that it is for selfish reasons that I have maintained this website for almost ten years and over 2000 reflections. It has become a way of life for my good days. All day long and in the midst of many other things, this little FFF mission helps to keep me focussed on the “one thing.”
When the one thing we are focussed on is Christ, we are centering our life on the one who has the power to work miracles in our lives. Today’s gospel reading, Jesus feeding five thousand people from five small loaves and a couple of fish is a reminder of the power of God.
There are times in our lives when we need a bit of help from a friend, but this is usually not enough for me since I am most often in need of the miracles of God.
Our problem is that while we often turn to friends for some support, we might not bring our significant need to Jesus…all day long.
For each of us there is something unique that keep us focussed on our need for God.
The things, people, projects that keep us aware that the one thing we seek is to live in the house of the Lord both now and eternally, is what we call our personal vocation.
Parents often say that their children or their wife or husband keeps them grounded in reality, and (especially in difficult situations) drives them to prayers of worry, anxiety, hope and gratitude. Striving to live fully in this reality is what we call vocational living.
People who have challenging work, especially those who feel responsibility towards their employees and colleagues are often driven to Christ with passionate prayer for those to whom they feel responsibility. This is living vocationally.
Those who have financial, relationship or study anxieties also will understand what I mean about the stuff of daily life serving to keep us aware of our need for the “one thing we seek.”
All of this helps us to understand what St Paul means when he says that we need to pray without ceasing.
Paul doesn’t mean that we should be kneeling in church all day and night, but instead that we need to be living in relationship with Christ all day long, both ‘at the temple and in the home’, with financial, relationship and study anxieties – all of the above.
The most effective witness of faith is rarely one who preaches on the street corner or even the church preacher, but the one who lives in the midst of the demands of community and family life seeking Christ as the ONE.
You’ve probably heard the quotation:
“Your life may be the only Bible that someone reads”
- Lectio Divina below.
- These lockdown days make it impossible for us to pray in the church but give us a renewed opportunity to pray in our homes. Is there some renewed form of personal prayer that you might carry into post-lockdown routines?
- Some more scriptural LEGO art thanks to Loïc and Eloise
LECTIO DIVINA FOR FRIDAY OF EASTER WEEK II (24 April 2020)
Several bell pics came in yesterday. Great response. Keep them coming. I’ll use one each day as the Lectio image, in the order in which they arrive. The first pic to arrive was from Otaki thanks to Phil who writes: This bell is over 100 years old Was rung daily (6;12;6) from about 1859 by a Māori catechist Hakaria for over 50 years Still being rung at Mass and funerals
Friday Easter Week II (15 minutes)
Friday Easter Week II (25 minutes)