January 11, Friday Christmas Weekday

Praise the Lord, Jerusalem. — Psalm 147:12a

Mass Readings: 1John 5:5-13/Luke 5:12-16

A Place Apart

Whenever my life gets super busy, which seems to be most of the time, regular prayer and exercise are often the first things to go. They seem a little self-indulgent. How can I take time to meditate when I’ve got deadlines to meet, Scout meetings to plan, and dinners to cook?

In today’s Gospel, we see people clamoring to be near Jesus. A leper is cured and word spreads like wildfire. Crowds are pressing against Him, “but he would withdraw to deserted places to pray.” We, too, need to retreat to the desert — whether it’s a beautiful chapel or simply a comfortable chair in a quiet corner of our house — to be replenished when life presses against us. Without the desert, we’ll be too overwhelmed to notice the lushness of everyday life.

Prayer: Jesus, help me to recognize when I need to retreat in order to move forward.

Courtesy of Our Sunday Visitor: http://www.osv.com/MyDailyVisitor/tabid/7626/Default.aspx

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