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Daily reflections: Thursday, January 14/16

 

Gospel Matthew 6:1... this is Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of lent which will carry us all away to holy week and Easter. It is meant to be a time of grace and transformation not a time to focus on sin. Traditionally, people have given up various activities during lent such as chocolates, smoking, eating too much etc. The question is, how does giving up things make us more aware of God\'s unconditional love and more aware of God\'s presence in our life? If that works for anybody then that is fine. However, we read that Jesus said “beware of practicing your piety before people in order to be seen by them”. I think the more positive approach to life is to become more aware of God\'s presence in our life and of God\'s unconditional love. One spiritual practice that I recommend is meditation. Scripture says, be still and know I am God, which means silence, stillness, turning off the TV and radio and other distractions and sitting in silence for 10 minutes. It is basically giving God ten  minutes of your day. It is in the stillness that the Spirit of God will awaken within you the presence of God and the love that God has for you and this experience will be for you transformation and growth in your relationship with God. I challenge you to try it during this lent and I am sure you will be a different person at the end of lent.

 

Reflection: the Scripture, ”be still and know that I am God”.

 

Prayer: Jesus, the gospels show us a man who spent a great deal of time in stillness. Prayerfully you lived the Scripture by spending the whole night in silent prayer and come to know God and God’s love for you.. I intend to imitate you and practice silent prayer this lent. Amen

 

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