What's Your Centre?
What is something that takes up a lot of your time? if you're a student, this would probably school and work. If you're a parent, it's probably work and your children. If you're a priest, it would be your faith, daily prayer. However, each of us has hobbies, things we invest ourselves in on the side. For me, it would be physical health, through being an athlete, as well as music, through vocal to instruments. We put in the time to be the best at what we do, to leave an impact. However, is it not true that we may not always put the time into things that matter most? Maybe work gets in the way of that one special ceremony for your sibling. When it comes to faith, so many things 'get in the way' of us living a good religious belief.
Today's Gospel states:'When one of those who sat at table with him heard this, he said to him, "Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God!" But he said to him, "A man once gave a great banquet, and invited many; and at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, `Come; for all is now ready.' But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, `I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it; I pray you, have me excused.' And another said, `I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them; I pray you, have me excused.' And another said, `I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.' So the servant came and reported this to his master. Then the householder in anger said to his servant, `Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and maimed and blind and lame.' And the servant said, `Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.' And the master said to the servant, `Go out to the highways and hedges, and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet"' (Luke 14:15-24).
In today's Gospel, we hear how Jesus invites people in. They all turn him down, coming up with excuses for why it's not possible to eat with him. They don't realize he isn't talking about a meal, but about his eternal feast, faith that knows no bounds. He wants their complete devotion, and they cannot come to follow him. God calls us every week to this banquet, every day. Through the Eucharist, we are reunited as one body in Christ, taking part in that one great act of love. The sad part is, so many people, like those in this reading, turn away and spend there time busied by the world. We don't truly commit ourselves in faith, and devotion. Take some time to focus in on your faith, to ask God to help you bring you closer and let your whole life be centred around your belief, starting with the Eucharist.
Today's prayer comes from 'the Christ-centred life' a prayer for a Christ-centred life:
Lord God of heaven and earth:
Please break out of the box that I keep you in.
Please break the cast that I have fashioned for you.
Please break the rules that I have put on you.
Please destroy the narrow ideas that I have about you.
Please reveal yourself far beyond the image that I have of you.
Build foundations of true gold in my life.
May you take pleasure in living in me in all your fullness.
Enable me to have a truly open heart to receive you in fullness.
Enable me to have truly empty hands to receive from you.
May you strengthen my knees.
May you warm my heart.
May Jesus be present in me.
May Jesus be glorified in me.
Lord God of heaven and earth,