Tuesday 23rd Week of the Year
Prayer and the calling to ministry are two graces
given to us that cannot be separated.
Without prayer, we cannot love others in the Holy Name of Jesus.
Without his love, we can do nothing,
for ministry is nothing but the love of the Lord Jesus
meeting another’s need through us.
Jesus spent the whole night in prayer with his Father
before he called his disciples to minister to others with him.
When we intentionally immerse ourselves in God’s Presence,
we are saying to him,
“I appreciate the gift of intelligence you have given me,
along with common sense and prudence,
so I don’t make snappy decisions but can think things through.
“As good as that is, it’s not enough.
“Lord, I come to you empty,
leaving what I think is best at the door of my heart.
“I come to you with a blank slate,
so I will hear the slightest word you speak loud and clear.
“I pray to have the grace to do your will.”
Before Jesus chose his disciples,
he spent the night in prayer with his Father.
He didn’t call the most intelligent, the most famous
or even those who got along with each other.
Nor did he choose the most organized of people.
None of our natural attributes can bring anyone to Jesus
unless we spend time with him and get to know him to become like him.
When Jesus said, “Come follow me,”
these men left everything for him.
He didn’t have to convince them or promise them the stars.
His word, filled with God through soaking prayer was enough.
We too need to go to that inner-most room in our heart
and close our door to everything and everyone but Jesus.
It’s as simple as letting Jesus look at us with love
as we look at him for mercy.
When we leave his Divine Presence and go out into the world,
we will see what Jesus sees and always respond with his love.
Nothing else will suffice.