As many of you know, I have begun to actively pursue prayer on a daily basis in my lifestyle. Today, I woke up before the sun, went outside on a crisp, beautiful morning and mediated for about 20 minutes. Then I came inside armed with a fresh cup of coffee that my husband made and read the daily readings. I read the scriptures on-line @ USCCB. There are the daily readings, usually an old testament or an epistle reading, a psalm, and a gospel reading. If you click on the video reflection tab, you will also hear a 2-5 minute sermon on the reading by a priest, deacon or lay teacher.
Today’s sermon was especially significant to me. The priest spoke to the gospel reading from Luke 6:12-19:
“Jesus departed to the mountain to pray,
and he spent the night in prayer to God.
When day came, he called his disciples to himself,
and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles:
Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew,
James, John, Philip, Bartholomew,
Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus,
Simon who was called a Zealot,
and Judas the son of James,
and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.”
The priest focused on how Jesus always when making an important decision in his life, like selecting the Twelve Apostles, first departed from the crowd, and went alone to a quiet place to pray. This is why I pray, to ask the Holy Spirit for discernment in the areas of my life which are peculiarly challenging. Just what I needed to hear today.
This post is part of the Moms’ 30-Minute Challenge and is hosted by Jamie at Steady Mom.