January 11, 2012
Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary
Father Paul Campbell, LC
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As soon as
they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon
and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon´s mother-in-law was
in bed with a fever, and they told him about
her at once. He came and took her by the
hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her,
and she began to serve them. That evening, at sundown,
they brought to him all who were sick or possessed
with demons. And the whole city was gathered around the
door. And he cured many who were sick with various
diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not
permit the demons to speak, because they knew him. In
the morning, while it was still very dark, he got
up and went out to a deserted place, and there
he prayed and Simon and his companions hunted for him.
When they found him, they said to him, "Everyone is
searching for you." He answered, "Let us go on to
the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message
there also; for that is what I came out to
do." And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in
their synagogues and casting out demons.
Introductory Prayer: Lord,
thank you for this time we will spend together. I
wish to step away from the world and all its
activities to be alone with you now. You are my
beginning and my end: you created me, and you are
leading me home to you in heaven. Thank you for
your love. I know I deserve nothing from you and
that my sins compound my unworthiness, yet you would still
enfold me in your unfathomable love.
Petition: Lord, increase
my love for prayer and the interior life.
A Man for Others: Here is Jesus in action. He
works tirelessly from morning to night. He never thinks of
himself. He never says he’s too tired or too busy
to serve someone or to give others part of his
time. He is there for everyone, and he keeps pushing
himself to do more and more. He loves, and his
love compels him to give himself to everyone around him
without counting the cost. The whole city gathers to see
him, and he opens his heart to all. He teaches.
He heals the sick. He casts out demons. He is
a man for others.
2. A Man of Prayer:
After a full day of work, Jesus rested for just
a little while, and then he rose early for prayer.
There was a balance between his apostolic work and his
life of prayer. Jesus wasn’t too busy to seek the
solitude necessary to speak heart-to-heart with his Father. He found
strength in prayer. He strengthened his resolve to follow his
Father’s plan in prayer. He was absorbed in prayer for
so long that the others began to go in search
of him. Prayer wasn’t just a one-time activity: it was
part of his daily routine.
3. Everyone Is Searching
for Him: “Everyone is searching for you,” they said when
they found Christ. They expressed the desire of every person.
We all need God. He is the deepest desire of
the human heart. God is searching for us, too. Jesus
gets up from his prayer and heads out to the
next town. We are searching for Christ, and he is
searching for us. Where do we meet him? In prayer.
In prayer we speak heart-to-heart with the one whom we
know loves us. In prayer we can speak about the
things that are important to us and about those things
that are most important to him. This vital encounter gives
light and strength to every other encounter we will have
during the rest of the day. Through prayer, our love
for others is enkindled so that we can spend ourselves
tirelessly for others as Jesus did. Through prayer, we can
be a men and women for others.
Christ: Lord, help me to put you first in my
life by giving you the best of my time. Help
me not to give into laziness, but to rise early
in the morning so that I can be with you.
I need you in my life. Help me to experience
your love so that I can share it with others.
Help me to give myself to your plan of salvation
and to reach out to those who are searching for
you. Help me to hunger for you alone so that
you will satisfy my hunger.
Resolution: I will invoke
Our Lord in short and simple prayers throughout today, telling
him I love him and asking for the grace of
a greater intimacy with him through prayer.