The Word of God

Where Are You Staying?

Reflection on Mass Reading for January 12, 2022

Theme for January: “Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard

A very interesting article was published recently suggesting five positive ways to stay close to someone you love and whose friendship you enjoy and want to maintain. Here they are in a nutshell:

1. Practice mindfulness
2. Be open to forgive and ask forgiveness,
3. Know your weaknesses,
4. Listen actively, and
5. Stay calm and always communicate your feelings and thoughts.

While these can certainly (and should be) debated, they do carry some merit. They also shed some interesting light on a particular motif and thread weaving in and out of all our beautiful Scriptural Readings today. They are all about staying very close to the Lord to be safe and warm with a truly fulfilling and happy life.

(Practice mindfulness) “Samuel was sleeping in the temple of the LORD where the ark of God was.” Whether in Church or alone in solitude, resting with God is truly a blessing.

(Know your weaknesses) “I have waited, waited for the LORD, and he stooped toward me and heard my cry. And he put a new song into my mouth, a hymn to our God.” Being humble and not judging anyone else helps us hear the kind words God always has for us.

(Practice forgiveness) “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?” We all need God to forgive us. Forgiving others helps us realize that He hears our requests for peace and absolution.

(Stay calm and communicate) “We have found the Messiah: Jesus Christ, who brings us truth and grace.” Worry does not serve at all. Trust in the One who is already looking for us gives us hope. Share your faith with others.

(Listen actively) “So they went and saw where Jesus was staying, and they stayed with him that day.” Jesus is always reaching out to us in situations that may even surprise the heftiest of skeptics. Listen with the determined intent to learn something every day. Then ask God for guidance to move forward.

Wherever you live, make sure you are staying close to the Lord.

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