32nd Sun A
Reflection is an essential element of our growth in Christ. As we reflect over what we have learnt and ponder it in our hearts, we come to recognise the presence of God in our lives.
This Sunday's Reflection
One of the best pieces of medical advice I ever received was: ‘Listen to your body.’ It was given in the context of allergy treatment. The doctor believed that each of us needed to become sensitive to the rhythms and reactions of our own bodies and that we should each exercise responsibility and discipline in looking after our health. Too often, we are bombarded with advice that has no relation to how our own body works. It’s enough to make you sick.
Something similar happens on the religious plane. Too often we are told by others how we should pray – when each of actually needs to discover how the Holy Spirit is already praying in our hearts and in our lives. For that to happen, we have to actually notice when God comes to us and, to do that, we have to be alert. We do not drift into the Kingdom of God. In this part of Matthew’s Gospel Jesus is telling up to be awake, be alert to God. This is not because it is difficult for us to have a relationship with God. Rather it is because God finds it difficult to have a relationship with someone who is distracted about other things. We all know the frustration of trying to communicate something important with someone who doesn’t want to listen and who prefers to watch the TV, or to receive and send text messages. In contrast, when we are alert and ready, the Spirit dances in our hearts and the oil of love eases the dark and difficult challenges of our lives and we know how to love God and each other.