Time to Reflect
Are we open to God's call for us? It can be a challenge, but we need to open to listening, taking the time to listen. Today, we're going to just take the time to reflect, to find some peace, especially looking out the window at the crazy chaos of the snow. Sometimes, we need to take five minutes to listen to God's voice. Read today's reading and prayer and take some time to watch the meditation video, and breathe. Breathe in God's love, spirit and call for you.
Today's Gospel states:'Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, through the region of the Decap'olis. And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech; and they besought him to lay his hand upon him. And taking him aside from the multitude privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue; and looking up to heaven, he sighed, and said to him, "Eph'phatha," that is, "Be opened." And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. And he charged them to tell no one; but the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, "He has done all things well; he even makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak"'(Mark 7:31-37).
Today's prayer comes from 'catholic prayers', St. Anthony's prayer for wisdom:
Oh Light of the World, Infinite God, Father of Eternity, giver of Wisdom and Knowledge, and ineffable dispenser of every Spiritual Grace; who knowest all things before they are made, who makest the darkness and the light; put forth Thy hand and touch my mouth, and make it as a sharp sword to utter eloquently Thy Words. Make my tongue, Oh Lord, as a chosen arrow, to declare faithfully Thy Wonders. Put Thy Spirit, Oh Lord, in my heart, that I may perceive; in my soul, that I may retain; and in my conscience, that I may meditate. Do thou lovingly, holily, mercifully, clemently and gently inspire me with Thy Grace. Do Thou teach, guide and strengthen the comings in and goings out of my senses and my thoughts. And let Thy discipline instruct me even to the end, and the Counsel of the Most High help me through Thy Infinite Wisdom and Mercy, Amen