Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 26, A.D. 2003

Jonah 3:1-5,10
Psalm 25:4-5,6-7,8-9
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Mark 1:14-20

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

One can almost hear the sound of footsteps in the readings for today. Jonah sets out for the city of Nineveh. He heard the message that he was to warn the people of Nineveh to repent and mend their ways. He responded to the message, as did the people to Jonah's message and the city of Nineveh was spared.

In the Gospel, Christ sets out to gather His Apostles as He begins the mission He was given by His Father. Simon and Andrew respond to the invitation of Christ, and joyfully followed in His footsteps. They had a sense of readiness about them. They had been waiting for a Messiah. They recognized Him when they saw Him.

It is key that each of these individuals: Christ, Jonah, Simon and Andrew all were seeking the will of the Father. All were ready to listen and then to respond to the messages they heard. It is difficult at times in our very busy lives to keep listening, to always stay in touch with the will of God, but without that we are only building castles on sand, which have no meaning.

How can we do this? The "morning intention" that some of us learned as children is still valid. We can say a morning prayer, asking God to direct our every action and offering the day to Him. It can become a habit throughout the day, that we just instantly redirect our attention to Him and again ask that He direct our actions. It makes our day "God focused" instead of "self focused". Then at the end of the day, we have the peace that we did the best that we could, and thank God for another day under His gentle care.

Gentle Shepherd,
direct us in all our ways.
Never let us be separated from You.

- Joan of Jesus, ocds (jmurphy@utica.edu)


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