Hi! I’m Melina, homeschooling mother of 11 and Grandmelina to 2!
Dear Jesus, I come before you today. Open my heart and my mind as I read Matthew. Help me to understand what You are trying to say to me, and to see what You are trying to show me. I love You.
That was because John had told him, “It is not right for you to live with her.”
This isn’t really a favourite verse of mine in the good sense, and it always fill me with discouragement. John was killed because he boldly spoke the truth. It’s really kind of scary, for we also are called to speak the truth. Sometimes. This particular truth – “It is not right for you to live with her” – seems to be particularly hard for people to hear. They’ve already convinced themselves that there is nothing wrong with it. But if this is you, you really do need to change your lifestyle at some point to be able to hear and accept God’s truth.
When Jesus heard this, He withdrew by boat from there to a deserted place by himself.
I read the book Poustinia by Catherine Doherty recently. In there, she talks about taking yourself to a secluded place (your poustinia) to pray. She shows that the prayers offered there are for the community and if the community needs you, you leave the poustinia to serve. Afterwards, you return to prayer and the poustinia. So the service is a prayer and the silence is a prayer.
Even though both is a prayer, my challenge today is to find some quiet prayer at adoration – to spend a good hour just adoring before my “busy” prayer of rosary and scripture reading and journal writing.
YOUR TURN: Read Matthew 14 and listen with your heart to what God’s Spirit is saying to you. Then write down what you hear and feel, or what stands out for you in your journal. You will enjoy being able to see God at work in your life. If you’re unsure what to write, you can follow the method listed below.
ABC BIBLE SHARING: A great way to read your scriptures. Follow the ABC Bible Sharing Method here.
PRAYER: Thank you God for sending Your Son, Jesus, to lead us and guide us in the Gospels close to Your loving heart. Help me to listen to Your Word with my heart and allow Your Word to draw me closer to You. Amen.