The Gospel from Sunday, October 20th describes Jesus sharing a parable with the disciples “about the necessity for them to pray always” (Luke 18). The Responsorial psalm proclaims “Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth” (psalm 121).
This past week four Sisters of the Holy Redeemer went on their annual directed retreat. Each year the Sisters step aside from the daily activities of life for a week of retreat – a week of prayer; a week to be with God in a more focused way; a week to be renewed in call and service. Directed retreats provide the silence for prayer and participants meet once a day with a spiritual director and participate in daily Liturgy.
This week reminded them that prayer is about relationship with God, it is about being with the One who loves us more than we can imagine in this moment – no plan, no agenda . . .
While prayer is woven into our daily lives there is a necessity and gift of being on “vacation with God” for an extended period of time. A time when like Moses we need to sit down, receive the support and strength for our unique call (Exodus 17)and remember that our lives depend upon the love of God.
As you continue into this new week, may you be encouraged to be with God throughout your day – whether in the silence of the beginning of a new day, in the midst of a crowd or in the workplace. May you know God’s abundant love for you.