Do you take the time to listen to what God is trying to tell you? Many of us are so busy, that it's hard to find time to just slow down and pay attention to the important things. Instead of slowing down, we push ourselves to the point of exhaustion and become irritated and frustrated, hoping for more good to come from life. Think about the School time as it begins. The summer was laid back, relaxing, without a schedule. As school starts, there will be work, school, the lessons and practices, clubs, and then your basic chores. It can feel overwhelming right? However, we all need to slow down, to take time for peace and to listen to God's word and call for us. So as life gets busier, will you get caught up in the stress of it all, or will you turn to God and seek peace?
Today's Gospel states:
'Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had grown up, and went according to his custom into the synagogue on the sabbath day. He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord. Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down, and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him. He said to them, "Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing." And all spoke highly of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They also asked, "Is this not the son of Joseph?" He said to them, "Surely you will quote me this proverb, 'Physician, cure yourself,' and say, 'Do here in your native place the things that we heard were done in Capernaum.'" And he said, "Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place. Indeed, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah when the sky was closed for three and a half years and a severe famine spread over the entire land. It was to none of these that Elijah was sent, but only to a widow in Zarephath in the land of Sidon. Again, there were many lepers in Israel during the time of Elisha the prophet; yet not one of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian." When the people in the synagogue heard this, they were all filled with fury. They rose up, drove him out of the Town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town had been built, to hurl him down headlong. But he passed through the midst of them and went away' (Luke 4: 16-30).
In today's Gospel, the people don't agree with Jesus. They actually drive him out of the town when he tries to teach them. Do we drive God out when things get crazy? It's not the ideal outcome, but we are human. We fail, we fall. Take some time today to make a plan for this busy year, this trying season. Plan to not push yourself over the edge and take time for God, and for quiet in your day. Work with God for the best outcome in your life!
Today's prayer comes from 'belief net' a prayer thanking God for today:
Thank you God for giving me another day, another chance to become a better individual, another chance to give and experience Love. Thank you God for giving me health, for the food you provide, for the awareness you have awaken in me...Thank you for the energy that feeds my soul, the sun that warms our bodies and the air that fills our lungs... Because of you I believe in the good without the bad and the ugly, because of you I am learning to love and accept myself, because of you I believe in believing. My source, stay connected to me today and always, for I need you in order to fullfil my spiritual tasks...God, show me how to love myself, to be able to love others. Help me become the type of person that I would like to befriend, help me forgive myself and forgive others... God, make me a channel of your energy and help me understand. I thank you God for giving me another day, another unused opportunity to do it right. Keep us all close to you and listen to our prayers.Amen.