33rd Sun A
The purpose of mulling meditations is to offer a few ideas that one can mull about while doing other occupations. There are many things we do in our day that do not require our full attention - some things which are largely done on automatic pilot - like driving a car or peeling the potatoes. While we give these our attention, part of our mind is still at work mulling on other things and unless it is given something positive to feed on, we easily feed on negative thoughts. Personally I find mulling time the most likely time for God to get through to me. Because I am not so conscious of myself, God gets through the cracks and opens my heart to look at life differently.
Two practical times for mulling can be when exercising and when driving. Some small preparations for integrating such prayer into these exercises can be helpful.
As you do your preparatory stretches, pray the line of the Psalm
Similarly when doing your concluding stretches use the prayer of St Clare
Have some music that you find helps you turn you mind and heart to God and play that for the first 10 minutes or so of your trip.
This Sunday's Mulling Meditation
When we hear the words ‘talent’ or ‘gift’ or ‘ability’ we quite often presume that we don’t have much to offer because we tend to privilege outstanding qualities that make a big impact. As you go through this week, mull on the small things that you can do or say that would show God’s love in your world. Mull on how you can use your smallest abilities, a smile, a word, a gesture to make another person’s life more pleasant. And after you have mulled on such small things, make them real.