Time to pray

Moments in Philippine Daily Inquirer by Fr Jerry Orbos SVD

In the Gospel according to Mark 1, 29-39, Jesus teaches us what to do in life, and that is to be involved with others. In His life, from sunrise to sunset, He was busy helping, not Himself, but others. Jesus also teaches us what to do when we are tired or stressed, and that is to pray.

Play time and prayer time. We spend a lot of our waking hours working, entertaining ourselves, and doing all sorts of self-compensation and gratification, neglecting prayer time. Let us ask ourselves today: How many hours do we spend in a day to play, and how many hours do we spend to pray?

Busy? For what? Doing what? At the end of our lives, may we have little or no regrets that we spent our lives pursuing fleeting, empty and meaningless goals and achievements. On the same count, may we not be filled with regrets that we put aside our relationship with God in the pursuit of worldly, empty relationships. Invest on service, and invest on prayer. With these, you cannot go wrong.

Think about this: “Living a life without prayers is like building a house without nails. Truly, our Lord is our firm foundation. When the storms come, we will not be shaken.”

“Sometimes it’s important to take time out and just enjoy the little things in life. God wants you to serve Him but He doesn’t want you to be so busy that you can’t take time to enjoy the wonderful life that He has given you.”

A moment with the Lord:

Lord, help us to take time and make time to pray. Otherwise, we will go astray. Amen.


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