We Gather in Faith
Teaching and commentary from our pastor, Bishop Francis Christian.
Peter gives me hope and strength. He was the leader
of the apostles, the rock, but that rock was cracked by
doubt, fear, and misunderstanding. One moment he got it
and the next Jesus rebuked him. That reflects my faith
journey. When I take time to pray I keep my eyes on
Jesus and the God he came to reveal. The Spirit lessens
my fears and doubts and helps me trust in Godís constant
presence in my life, even when I feel most alone and
unworthy. When I do not take that time I focus only on
me. I feel alone, inadequate, and I begin to fall and sink.
St. Francis de Sales tells us that we ought to make time
to pray each day. When we feel that we donít have
enough time for prayer, we should take even more time.
Why? Because in prayer we aspire to God, that is, we
seek to do Godís will and breathe as one with God. In
prayer God also inspires us and breathes as one with us.
Daily prayer is a compass that helps to keep our focus on
God, through Christ, in the Spirit. In prayer we become
so one with God that our breath and Godís breath are in
sync. Then, whether the waters of life are treacherous or
smooth, we can see Jesus coming to us, walking with us,
and guiding our way. Then we are quiet enough to hear
Godís voice in the tiny whispering sound. By taking time
to pray, we invite Jesus to come to us, we can better hear
his invitation to come to him, and we can see the face that
lessens our doubts and calms our spirits. Breathe deeply.
Be one with Jesus, the Son of God, who is always with us.
Thanks to Laurie Brink, O.P. & Paul A. Colloton,