Many of you who read these daily reflections are familiar with traditional forms of Christian worship, following a confession of sins and an opening prayer we sit to hear to the scriptures of the day.
I suppose this is a bit of a confession from me but there are times when I see the reader walk to the ambo, and I’m very ready to hear what God is going to say to me through these scriptures, but more often than I like to admit something happens the moment by backside hits the seat and suddenly it’s time to stand for the Gospel Acclamation.
I’m never sure what happens. I think I’m just grateful for the chance to sit in silence in the good company of parishioners and my mind and heart and ears go everywhere except to the Word of God being read.
Enough of my confession, except to add that when I do take time to listen to and pray with the scriptures I am deeply nourished in a way that I know to be the direct and personal communication of God to me.
So something a bit different today, to help us to digest the Word of God in today’s scriptures. You might like to take half an hour to listen to today’s Homily Studio below. And here are a couple of sections from today’s readings that spoke very deeply to me.
My suggestion is that you perhaps skim these passages then return to whichever verse you sense Jesus might want you to stay with taking this as your mantra for the day.