1st Sun Advent B
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
In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus calls on us to be alert to his coming, his final coming. This has been expressed in Christian spirituality as keeping death before our eyes. Through this coming week, try to live each day as though it was your last. Watch and notice what difference this makes in how you interact with people and do your work. Mull on the effect it has upon you.