Focus on Christ
Do you ever get lost in your thoughts, find it hard to focus on the present? I know for me, being a student. If there is a dis-interesting topic that drones on, I tend to focus on the work I have to get done, the future. All of these things tend to stress us in life, and take away from our true ability to be happy. Even if it is simply the planning ahead for the weekend, one could miss an opportunity for happiness in participating in life in those few moments. We are restless people, constantly seeking information and knowledge, which results in a fast-paced world which lacks living in the present. The real question is: how do we force ourselves to slow down and just be, and live in the present?
Today's reading comes from Galatians 2: 19-20: "For I through the law died to the law, that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me". The answer for how we keep ourselves in the present then is simple: to live a life in Christ. Through baptism, each of us 'died' and were 'reborn' with grace through the Holy Spirit. We were each given the chance for living a truly good life in Christ, a life of happiness and given through the the gift of salvation.
When you are in mass, and the priest holds up the body and blood of Christ, represented through the bread and wine, what do you think about? Are you focused on what is happening before your eyes? Are you remembering Jesus on the Cross, giving himself completely for you and for the sins of the world? Each of us are called to remember the paschal mystery, every day of our lives. Most of the time, it's easy to get lost in ourselves, lost in our mind, BUT we are called to remember and live in the paschal mystery, the Good News of Christ! This is our true calling, our future, our life. Don't get caught in your stress and yourself. Lose yourself in Christ!
Today's prayer comes from "All About", a prayer for stress relief:
"Father, I know that You know my life and You know the problems and stress that I face. Help me to keep my eyes not on the problems or the stressful situations, but upon You and Your mercy and grace. Father, I cannot change the situations that cause stress in my life but I know that You can. LORD, keep my heart humble and willing to submit to the 'all things' that you have allowed into my life. Father, give me Your strength to stand because although I do not understand how this will change me, I know that You are working in and through me to conform my life to glorify You. Lead me into Your truth by helping me to surrender to Your Word. In the name of Jesus, Amen."