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Breathe in and Pray


Are we good at representing our faith through prayer? There are so many distractions in our world that pull us away from our faith. These can include moments of worry, the constant need to be connected through technology, not being present in the moment. in each of these moments, we become distracted when we could be stopping, taking a moment to pray.

In class yesterday, we learned about the importance of silence in our daily lives, in order to disconnect from the craziness of the world, and take time to slow down and listen to our breathing, focus only on the very process of breathing in and out. In taking this time for silence and quiet, we can become so much more open to receiving God into our lives, to hearing the will of God for us in the present. For those that participate in daily liturgy, through liturgy of the hours, it takes place every day at certain times, morning and evening specifically, when people at a certain time across the world, connected in one faith. If we believe ourselves to be people of faith, then why does prayer not take priority in everyday life?

In today's Gospel we read,'But Jesus answered them, "My Father is working still, and I am working." This was why the Jews sought all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the sabbath but also called God his Father, making himself equal with God. Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever he does, that the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son, and shows him all that he himself is doing; and greater works than these will he show him, that you may marvel. For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me, has eternal life; he does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. "Truly, truly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself, and has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of man. Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come forth, those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgment. "I can do nothing on my own authority; as I hear, I judge; and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me' (John 5:17-30).

Jesus tells us that we can only do things through God, not by ourselves. Jesus was the same way, and as we are to follow in his footsteps, we too must take up our cross and rely on God for strength and guidance. So take a deep breath and dedicate time each day for prayer.

Today's prayer and direction comes from 'Godspace' a breathing prayer:

Breathe in the breath of God

Breathe out your cares and concerns

Breathe in the love of God

Breathe out your doubts and despairs

Breathe in the life of God

Breathe out your fears and frustrations

We sit quietly before the One who gives life and love to all creation,

We sit in awe of the One who formed us in our mother’s wombs

We sit at peace surrounded by the One who fills every fibre of our being

Breathe in the breath of God

Breathe out your tensions and turmoil

Breathe in the love of God

Breathe out your haste and hurry

Breathe in the life of God

Breathe out your work and worry

We sit quietly before the One who gives life and love to all creation,

We sit in awe of the One who formed us in our mother’s wombs

We sit at peace surrounded by the One who fills every fibre of our being. Amen.


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