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When they had eaten breakfast, Jesus asked Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" "Yes, Lord," he said to him, "you know that I love you." "Feed my lambs," he told him. John 21:15

    As I was reflecting on Simon Peter's response to Jesus, “you know that I love you,” I felt as if Jesus was saying to me, “If you love me then why are you ignoring me?" I was a little taken back by the question.

    “How am I ignoring you Jesus? I spend time with you in pray everyday, I read Your Word and I receive you in Eucharist.” Upon further pondering, I sensed that Jesus wants me to invite Him into the ordinary of my day not just in my prayer time. He wants to have a living on-going relationship with me in the little ordinary happenings of each day.

    Now, I try and remember to invite Jesus into my daily duties of washing dishes, doing laundry, shopping and the other simple ordinary things I do each day. When Jesus is by my side helping me to get the little chores completed, I find myself more at peace, less grumpy and a little more joyful.

    I invited Jesus to go with me to the grocery store the other day. I had to pick up a couple of items. I was thinking about gardening and trying to find support sticks for my tomato and pepper plants. The price at the garden store was way beyond what I wanted to pay. Then I felt like Jesus wanted me to check out the baking aisle for the garden support sticks. A very odd place to find garden support sticks I thought to myself.

    In the middle of the baking aisle there they were a package of 100, 14 inch bamboo skewers. The price of the bamboo skewers were a fraction of the price of garden support sticks. The bamboo sticks works perfectly for supporting my plants. I was thanking Jesus for the great 'find.'

    This experience was such a great yet simple insight into how Jesus wants to be present to me and to you in the ordinary happenings of our day.

Reflection:

I invite you Jesus into the ordinary of my day. If the tasks at hand are difficult, I know you will make my load lighter and sweeter.

 

 

   During the Offertory of the Mass, I ask Blessed Mother Mary to prepare my heart to receive her Son Jesus. I picture in my mind, Mary coming towards me with a magnificent gold bucket and a silver scrub brush.

    The bucket and brush is made of pure gold and pure silver. I ask her to wash my heart clean with her Son's Precious Blood. She begins to scrub clean all those hidden dark areas that keep me from receiving all the graces Jesus' has for me when I receive him in Eucharist.

    After Mary washes me clean with her Son Jesus' precious Blood, she brings me to the altar to be presented to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. I humbly prostrate myself before my God and my Lord truly present on the altar.

    As I receive Jesus precious Body and Blood, I cry out, “My Lord and My God how I love you.”

 

Reflection:

Lord, You are more precious than silver; Lord, You are more costly than gold; Lord, You are more beautiful than diamonds; And nothing I desire compares with You.

 

Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.” Proverbs 16:24

 

 

   Today I received some very encouraging words from my friend. Her words blessed my heart. Do I take the time to compliment someone with an encouraging word?

    It only takes a moment for me to be an encourager to someone today. Perhaps it will be the clerk at the grocery store, friend, stranger, or family member.

   I ask the Holy Spirit to open my heart to whomever God brings into my path this day. Jesus and his disciples were definitely in the 'encouragement business' by the way they encountered each person. Jesus desires I do the same. “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

    However, it is easy to slip into what I call tunnel vision. Tunnel vision is when I am so focused on my little world and the tasks at hand, I don't notice the person in front of me that just might need a smile or an encouraging word. I ask to be delivered from this self-centered tunnel vision.

Reflection:

I pray that I remember to be kind to each person because we are all fighting a difficult battle.

May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus.” Romans 15:5

 

 

 

   A root bound plant in a small container is a good image for me. I, as a follower of Christ, can get bogged down by tangled roots in my life. It is safe in my little container. I do not want to leave the security of my little world of following Christ. I am comfortable where I am at.

   However, God loves me so much that He wants me to outgrow my little safe container. The Holy Spirit desires to fill me with courage and boldness to reach out to others who need to know that someone cares.

    Sometimes I listen and act on the Holy Spirit nudges but many times I ignore them. It is difficult to leave my secure world and act on what the Holy Spirit is asking of me. I like the safety of my root bound container. It is risk free.

    In my prayer time over the last few months, I felt that nudge from the Holy Spirit. I have a cousin who lives really close to me. She has suffered so much from having cancer for many years.

    Growing up we use to spend summers at Grandma's cabin. We would ride horses and explore the magnificent hillsides and mountains. They were carefree and fun times.

    As adults, we drifted apart and went on with our lives. We had not seen each other for a long time. I knew that the Holy Spirit was nudging me to go visit her. I kept ignoring those nudges.

    However, the Holy Spirit is persistent. I was going into the grocery store a couple of months ago, and I seen a woman in a wheelchair being assisted by someone else. I looked at the woman as she passed by me and I thought for an instant that it was my cousin. I decided not to approach the woman in the wheelchair and went on my way.

    A few weeks ago, I bumped into my cousin's mother in the grocery store with my cart. We started to visit. I ask about my cousin and if she was up for a visit. Another nudge from the Holy Spirit. She gave me my cousin's phone number.

    I finally got it! The Holy Spirit would not quit until I climbed out of my secure root bound container. I visited with my cousin for a couple of hours recently. It was a delightful visit as we shared and remembered all our adventures growing up. I was blessed beyond blessed. I plan on visiting my cousin again soon.

    I am so thankful the Holy Spirit does not give up on me. My little root bound container had to be shook up a bit in order for me to finally be willing to do what God was calling me to do.

   It was a great lesson for me, to be willing to act on those nudges from the Holy Spirit. If I supply the willingness, God will equip me with all that I need to accomplish what He is calling me to do.

Reflection:

Help me Holy Spirit to listen and to be willing to act upon those nudges.

In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.” Psalm 5:3

    In his ministry, Jesus was on the move teaching, healing and delivering people. Jesus was not sitting around meditating all day but going about doing the Father's Will. Jesus is fully human and fully Divine. Being fully human, Jesus, like us, needed to rest and be refreshed. What did he do when he needed to rest?

   “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Mark 1:35

    In the morning just before daylight fully blooms, I love sitting at my kitchen table just looking out the window at the stillness of the morning. There is something about the early dawn that beckons me to enter into a quiet time with God. God is speaking to me all day long but it is really in the quiet of the morning that I can better listen to His voice. His voice comes to me in his Written Word and in the silence of my heart. It is a time to be refreshed and renewed.

    Like Jesus we all need to go apart from our to-do-lists and our agenda for the day, and spend a little time with the Master. When we do take this time, our to-do-lists and our agenda for the day seems to run smoother with less frustration.

    We are all busy and we might think we have no time to sit and be quiet before Our Lord. No one was ever busier than Jesus. He had a mission and sometimes He changed his direction in order to help someone in need. His ministry flowed from an intense pray time with the Father.

    Sometimes I get busy and I do not take time for quiet pray. On those days, I have less peace and I am more impatient with myself and others. Even if it requires that I rise a little bit early to enter into this quiet time, I come away always refreshed and more peaceful. I am better able to handle the challenges of the day.

 Reflection:

I ask you Father to help me to enter into a time of quiet each day with Jesus.

 

Latest comments

16.07 | 21:45

Reading this brought years to my eyes. What a beautiful example of healing and forgiveness. Thank you for sharing this. It brings me hope in a similar trial.

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14.07 | 11:36

Connie, that was beautiful. Especially the reflection!

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30.06 | 15:56

Nicknames from our loved ones are the best! Thanks, Connie.

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19.06 | 07:05

So glad the this family tradition lives on. Families are amazing

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