Introvert or Extrovert?
Are you the type of person who always needs to be surrounded by a crowd? Maybe it’s where you feel the most comfort, the most free, the most loved. I know for myself personally, there are times where I can’t stand being on my own, and need people to talk to, do homework with, chat with. There are also times when I need personal space, time for quiet and relax in a cozy blanket in front of the television, or with a nice tea and book in hand. As humans, we can be introverts and extroverts, leaning more so one way than the other. However, as children of God, we are called to find a good balance between the two, time to be with people and embracing the day and love around us, yet also taking the necessary time for ourselves, diving into hobbies, relaxation, time for building up our spiritual selves in quiet prayer and reflection. Think about the ritual of living your daily life, daily routines. Do you have a good balance of living as an introvert and extrovert?
Today's Gospel states: 'Then he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat by this time was many furlongs distant from the land, beaten by the waves; for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out for fear. But immediately he spoke to them, saying, "Take heart, it is I; have no fear." And Peter answered him, "Lord, if it is you, bid me come to you on the water." He said, "Come." So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus; but when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, "Lord, save me." Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, "O man of little faith, why did you doubt?" And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God"' (Matthew 14:22-33).
Today's reading talks about how Jesus would gather with the crowds of people to give guidance and preach, and then goes off on his own to pray. Jesus shows us that we need to have balance between the two, time in community and time in personal prayer, in order to build up our spiritual selves. We tend to lean one way or the other, depending on the type of person we are, however, it’s important to grasp both concepts, and make the attempt to experience both in our everyday lives. Take some time to reflect on the type of personality you have. Ask God to help you to learn to build up your spiritual life through spending time in community, as well as working to build a personal relationship with God.
Today we pray:
Thank You for making me in Your very image and likeness. Help me to work each day on being a person of community, as well as spend more time building my personal relationship with You.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.