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Monday, July 20, 2020

one or many

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, so many things and so many people vie for my attention and my affection every day, yet only one is essential.  Help me to focus on you first, and then let everyone and everything else fall in place behind.  Amen.

Scripture: Luke 10:38-42

Journal:  What are the many things that are worrying you today?  How is that distracting you from the one thing?  What does Jesus want you to hear today?

Reflection: One of the greatest temptations of the spiritual life is to pay attention to the many things rather than the one thing.  That is because the many things are often good things, in and of themselves, they are just not the best thing.  And we are so easily distracted, it seems, by the urgent, at the expense of the important.
     That is why we must make time and space each day to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen to what he has to say.  That is why we must start by stopping; in order to remind ourselves of what is important and what is merely urgent, what is essential and what is tangential, what is focal and what is peripheral.  It is the only way we will really have a chance of living the life God most deeply wants to live in and through us.


Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, why do I allow myself to get so worried and distracted by the many things, when only one thing really matters—you.  Help me to choose the one thing today—to sit at your feet and listen to what you have to say.  Amen.

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