Book, Light, and Elbow Grease

Challenge: Review my trust in Christ as the Way of Life and put any worries in his hands.
by Father Eugene Gormley, LC | Source:

June 6, 2008
Friday of the ninth week in ordinary time

Mark 12: 35-37
As Jesus was teaching in the temple area he said, "How do the scribes claim that the Christ is the son of David? David himself, inspired by the Holy Spirit, said: 'The Lord said to my lord, "Sit at my right hand until I place your enemies under your feet." David himself calls him 'lord'; so how is he his son?" The great crowd heard this with delight.

Introductory Prayer: Lord, I thank you for this time with you. I believe that you are truly present, listening to me, watching over me. I believe that you have something to say to me, that you made this appointment. I love you and want to hear your word for me today.

Petition: Lord, give me the grace to desire prayer and reflection during my busy and sometimes hectic day. Save me from distractions so that I can remain focused on you. Help me to overcome any laziness or disappointment so that I may stay on the true path, working for you and for others.

1. The Book Is Not Enough The Pharisees studied scripture as a duty. They knew the texts and the history of their application by memory, the result of hard intellectual work. But Christ posed them a question which required reflection and prayer. They didn’t know the answer. Some answers come only from listening to God in our hearts. Am I a listener? Do I multiply words during my prayer in such a way that I rarely listen to God?

2. The Search for Truth  God directs the efforts of our minds and hearts to discover truth. We must bring our reflections to prayer, so that the light of the Holy Spirit will illuminate them and help us see what they mean, what they tell us about Christ, the Church and life, and how we can apply them to our own personal situations. Do I invoke the Holy Spirit’s help when I study and meditate on Sacred Scripture?

3. Growth in Prayer  Prayer is difficult. At times we have to work through adverse feelings. When we persevere and praise God’s goodness and love, adore him – reaffirming our willingness to follow him, when we feel true sorrow for our sins and selfishness – thank him for his many gifts, and ask him for good things, our prayer is a selfless one. God who sees our intentions will very much bless it.

Dialogue with Christ: Lord, thank you for your light. When I am confused about what I should do in life, you respond with the words: “Follow me. I am the way of life.” You tell me that you are the truth and that in you I can know the secrets of the universe and of the human heart. You came to give life to the world, so if I am united with you, I can hope for a blessed life no matter what happens near me. May I always trust in you.

Resolution: I will review my trust in Christ as the Way of Life and put any worries in his hands.

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