Friday of the Second Week of the Year
1 Samuel 24.3-21. Psalm 57.2, 3-4, 6 & 11; Have mercy on me, God, have mercy. Mark 3.13-19.
Being and Serving with Jesus
I was enrolled in a preparatory seminary during high school in the late Sixties, a time of social and ecclesial crisis. The rector of the college seminary came to give us seniors a recruitment talk. He told us that there we would develop a “prayer life” with the help of a spiritual director. This sounded dumb and unattractive. Why waste time with empty words? Why not do the reign of justice and peace rather than merely talk about it? I decided not to enroll.
When I was 21, a priest told a group that God desired a personal relationship with each of us. I thought that this was preposterous. We weren’t evangelicals; we were Catholics!
I continued to ponder it, though. I eventually re-entered the seminary and served on its Justice and Peace Committee. I remember asking our adviser how she was able to cope with the many injustices, especially toward women. She spoke of her faith, her life of prayer.
Since then I have been in and out of belief/trust in Jesus, mainly on theological grounds concerning the universal truth claims of Christianity. I have learned, however, that theology itself can sometimes be an obstacle to faith. I decided to be led by my heart rather than my head. I now unabashedly embrace Jesus the Christ in whatever form s/he takes flesh. I am confident that God has called me to Jesus and through him to a life of preaching and liberation from “the demons of death.” I hope you are, too.
What brought you to the CW?
How important is prayer in your ministry and your community?
Does your ministry of hospitality inform your spirituality?
What keeps you from “being with” Jesus more fully?