November 23, 2018
St. Clement I; St. Columban; Bl. Miguel Agust+n Pro
May I Have Your Attention?
...they could find no way to accomplish their purpose because all the people were hanging on his words.
News is everywhere, and it's a blessing and a curse. Information is good, but the sheer amount of it can lead to bad habits--like headline surfing. I glance at a headline, decide that's enough and quickly move on.
Familiar Bible stories can bring out the same response. Prodigal Son? Got it. Moses? Check. What's next? What I find, though, is that when I take time to actually re-read those supposedly familiar narratives, I always find something new. So with John's narrative of Jesus in the Temple, these words brought me up short. I had never paid attention to them before, and now I can't shake them. Those who wanted to do harm couldn't do so because the people were so attentive to Jesus. What if I were more deeply attentive to Jesus' words? What harm might be frustrated, what good might find space to flourish?
Jesus, turn my heart and attention to you.
- Amy Welborn
Revelation 10:8-11|Psalm 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131|Luke 19:45-48