Daily Reflection for Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Today we are happy to welcome back parishioner/writer, Ed Mitchell. Thank you, Ed!
Peace and blessing, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Wednesday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First reading: James 1:19-27
Responsorial: Psalm 15: 2-5
Gospel: Mark 8: 22-26
Our reflection on Wednesday's reading:
“Know this, my dear brothers and sisters: everyone should be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger for anger does not accomplish the righteousness of God.” James 1:19
For some years I have been involved in a prison ministry called KAIROS. Our mission is to share the love of Christ with the incarcerated. A motto of KAIROS is “listen listen, love love.” This simple saying carries a powerful message about how to touch the hearts of others with the love of God.
When we listen to someone, really listen, something happens. The other person can feel recognized and valued. In time connection and trust can grow. But listening takes more effort and focus than many of us are often prepared to give. It requires putting aside our agenda, our own thoughts and ideas, our answers and advice. If we do this, we may be able to really see and hear what is going on in the heart of another person. When Jesus encountered someone, he gave His full focus and attention. He saw their truth and their need, and through this awareness he changed them.
The letter of James for me is the best how-to book in the New Testament on how to follow Jesus. It teaches us to put aside our self-concern, to slow down enough to listen and allow another soul to reveal themselves. James cautions us to set aside reactions such as anger and judgment in order to become a servant of Christ. With such receptiveness we allow space for the Holy Spirit to heal and change another person, and perhaps even to heal and change us in the process.
Prayer: “Lord please give me the strength and patience to listen to the heart and soul of another of your children.” Amen