Friday, 20 March 2015

Is prayer a waste of time?

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
By Malcolm Davies (No.91)    
‘Jesus stayed in Galilee; he could not stay in Judaea, because the Jews were out to kill him.
As the Jewish feast of Tabernacles drew near, after his brothers had left for the festival, Jesus went up as well, but quite privately, without drawing attention to himself.
Meanwhile some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, ‘Isn’t this the man they want to kill? And here he is, speaking freely, and they have nothing to say to him! Can it be true the authorities have made up their minds that he is the Christ? Yet we all know where he comes from, but when the Christ appears no one will know where he comes from.’
Then, as Jesus taught in the Temple, he cried out:
‘Yes, you know me and you know where I came from. Yet I have not come of myself: no, there is one who sent me and I really come from him, and you do not know him, but I know him because I have come from him and it was he who sent me.’
They would have arrested him then, but because his time had not yet come no one laid a hand on him.'

During the Feast of Tabernacles the Jewish people celebrated the protection of God during the Exodus from slavery in Egypt to a new life in the Promised Land.
Although the leaders knew where Jesus came from geographically they did not know who Jesus truly was or his relationship with God the Father.
For us today Jesus cannot be experienced through just reading or listening but he is experienced when we say yes to a personal relationship with him in the power of the Spirit.
Jesus is revealed as the true Tabernacle who journeys with us on our journey of faith through good times and difficult times before we arrive in the promised land of heaven. 
Jesus tabernacles within the believer through the power of the Spirit.
Saint Catherine of Siena described the journey of faith as ‘heaven all the way to heaven’. We can have that experience when we put our relationship with Jesus as the first priority in our life.
Like any personal relationship, faith can only deepen if we ‘waste’ time with Jesus in prayer and meditation.

During this time of Lent have I been able to ‘waste’ time with Jesus? Or am I still wasting time on what does not bring richness into my life? 

5 minutes: READ the text slowly.
REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.
SPEAK to God about your thoughts.
5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.
RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you.
Malcolm Davies

Next Reflection: Susanne Timpani  Sunday 22nd March, 2015.