Daily Reflection for Friday, May 28, 2021
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners!
We encourage you to reflect on Friday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Sirach 44:1, 9-13
Responsorial: Psalm 149:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6a and 9b
Gospel: Mark 11:11-26
Our reflection on Friday’s readings:
“Therefore I tell you, all that you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours." (Mark 11: 24)
All I need to do is ask! Simple enough, right? Well, not for me, the one who is a doer! Wait and see? That is really hard. Pray and ponder? I am again, fine at starting there, but much prefer having a to-do list from which to work following my prayer time.
Clearly, I have my work cut out for me. Learning to be in peaceful silence and continuing to grow in comfort with the slow work of God is a journey. At times, there are clear tasks that I feel called to do and find great usefulness doing so. The message for me this week is that I need to continue my walk with being useful in new ways of praying and waiting.
Henri Nouwen has often touched me deeply with messages that speak to me directly. The following is one of those messages on prayer.
Prayer is not a way of being busy with God instead of with people. In fact, it unmasks the illusion of busyness, usefulness, and indispensability. It is a way of being empty and useless in the presence of God and so of proclaiming our basic belief that all is grace and nothing is simply the result of hard work.
Thinking about my own prayer, I realize how easily I make it into a little seminar with God, during which I want to be useful by reading beautiful prayers, thinking profound thoughts, and saying impressive words. I am obviously still worried about the grade! It indeed is a hard discipline to be useless in God’s presence and to let him speak in the silence of my heart. But whenever I become a little useless I know that God is calling me to a new life beyond the boundaries of my usefulness.
I could not agree more. I can wrap my arms around becoming “useless” knowing that in that practice God is calling and challenging me to deeper growth in my knowledge and love of Him. Perhaps in doing so the answer to my prayers will be more clearly evident and noticeable. As I grow in my ability to believe at a deeper level, may I also grow more open to receiving all the blessings He wishes to provide to me.
Won’t you join me this week in praying with the belief that He will answer all your prayers? “It shall be yours.”
In Heartfelt Joy,