August 13, 2012
Matthew 17: 22-27
As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised.” And they were greatly distressed. When they reached Capernaum, the collectors of the temple tax came to Peter and said, “Does your teacher not pay the temple tax?” He said, “Yes, he does.” And when he came home, Jesus spoke of it first, asking, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or tribute? From their children or from others?” When Peter said, “From others,” Jesus said to him, “Then the children are free. However, so that we do not give offense to them, go to the sea and cast a hook; take the first fish that comes up; and when you open its mouth, you will find a coin; take that and give it to them for you and me.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations)
A Renewed Effort
It seems like just yesterday that summer began. To say that time flies is an understatement at best. My resolution for the upcoming “year” will be to really take stock on how and on what I spend my time. Staying with God through busy times heads my list. Mother Teresa of Calcutta often stated that that when you are really busy and time is of the essence you should spend more time in prayer and, if possible, Eucharistic Adoration.
Certainly the reverse of what would be expected, but of course Mother Teresa knew that to be with God and to the know the presence of God in all circumstances is the best use of time. As August moves us towards new beginnings at school and in business and in relationships with one another, let us make a renewed effort to center our days – especially beautiful August days – in the life and love of our good and gracious God.
—Fr. Michael Maher, S.J.
Lord, help us to remember that sometimes fast is slow and slow is fast. Even taking three minutes to pray can feel like hours out of our day. We feel as if a constant state of urgency presses upon us. Even if we give minutes of undivided time to you, we still may feel confused and distant from you. We must persist. Because we dedicate time to know and love you, we will receive graces to live more fully for you; we will release our grasp on that which separates us from you and trust that your Spirit will be our navigator.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
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