SPENDING QUALITY TIME WITH GOD
Tuesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Scriptural Readings: Jeremiah 30:1-2, 12-15, 18-22; Psalm 102:16-18, 19-21, 29+22-23; Matthew 14:22-36
My dear encountered couples:
First Jesus prayed, then he walked on water. Prayer is amazing, isn’t it! Though we all have our days more than filled with things we must do and things we want to do, if we wish to do them well, if we wish to do them as God wants us to do them, Jesus shows us how it can be done. “He went up on the mountain by himself to pray.”
Some of us might find it easy to get away by ourselves to spend some time alone with God; others of us might find it next to impossible. It may be children in the house always depending on us, adults coming and going, the television, radio, or stereo always blaring away; or when you do find a moment or two, the phone rings. What do we do? Good question. One that few others can solve for us; we must figure something out ourselves.
In the gospels we can find Jesus often having the same problem. Many times, it seems that when he would just get himself situated far from the maddening crowd and alone with his Father, somebody would come along wanting to just talk or have him solve a problem for them. I think that was to show us how real-life works. No matter how organized we might try to get our lives, for most part it will not run according to plan.
Has the world ever run for long according to God’s plans? Jesus knew prayer was as necessary as food and sleep if he was going to be able to get his Father’s work done. So, he learned to play a good portion of his life by ear and readjust his prayer time according to circumstances. After he prayed Jesus came walking on the water to the apostles in their boat.
Want to do something like that? Let us make sure we work into our every day at least a smidgen of quality time with God.