…..from the Pastor’s Desk:
This week we have the wonderful gospel of the Transfiguration of Jesus. For one brief moment, his disciples are allowed to see what lies ahead for all to follow his way.
We begin our own ‘transfiguration’ while still on earth, not so much achieving ‘glorified body’, but transforming our heart, our spirit, our soul into the Lords.
This is done by acts of charity and mercy, and also by spending time in conversation with God, in what we call prayer, in its many forms.
But as soon as we set time aside for prayer, we can easily be distracted one way or another. So this week’s exercise is:
Take a pad of paper and pen or pencil and write down any distractions that interrupt prayer. Maybe it’s a phone call you need to make, or an errand you have to run, or a document or item in the house you need to find. If it interrupts your prayer time, write it down and deal with it later.
Do this each day of the week. Be prepared to have a running list. You might be surprised how long that list may be! But check the time each day to do it. Keep the list handy… and then pray.
SCRIPTURE FOR THIS EXERCISE: The beatitudes are found in the Gospel of Matthew chapter 5 “The Sermon on the Mount”, verse 1 and following.
Take one of these each day and pray for guidance as to what God is teaching you about your life specifically that day with that particular Beatitude.
May this be a week of week of ‘spiritual transformation’ for you!
God bless you,
Great for the Young and the Young-at-Heart.
Using your Hand to help you Pray. Your fingers can help to bring to your mind different things to pray for.
Thumb this is the strongest digit on your hand. Give thanks for all the strong things in your life, like home and family, relationships that support and sustain you.
Index finger this is the pointing finger. Pray for all those people and things in your life who guide and help you. Friends, teachers, doctors, nurses, emer-gency services, the Pope and the Bishops and so on.
Middle finger this is the tallest finger. Pray all the important people who have power in the world, like world leaders and their governments, members of parliament and local councilors, the Royal Family, other world leaders and their governments.
Ring finger this is the weakest finger on your hand. It cannot do much by itself. Remember the poor, the weak, the helpless, the hungry, the sick, the ill and the bereaved.
Little finger this is the smallest and the last finger on your hand. Pray for yourself.