January 13, 2017
Distractions and Peace
Do not forget the works of the Lord!
Psalm 78:7 (Responsorial)
At the end of a long day, I make time to pray. And, I even attempt it in what I know is the proper frame of mind: remembering the Lord's works with praise and gratitude before I tackle my own litany of concerns.
But perhaps you know how it goes: distractions, nudging, barging in, grabbing attention.
Nine hundred years ago, St. Bernard of Clairvaux advised Pope Eugene III on how to maintain his spiritual focus in office: "I desire indeed that you should have peace from distractions, but I do not want you to make peace with them..."
Sometimes it turns out that distractions are actually there for a reason, as areas of life that really do need to be brought to God. But sometimes they are just...distractions. St. Bernard's advice reminds me to never settle, to never assume I know the difference, to keep discerning, sifting with a heart ready for real peace.
Lord, I praise and thank you!
- Amy Welborn
Hebrews 4:1-5, 11|Psalm 78:3-4, 6-8|Mark 2:1-12