Daily Gospel Reflection for December 2, 2017

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Today’s Gospel: Luke 21:34-36

Is your heart drowsy? Although there is a warning here about the heart becoming drowsy with “partying” and drunkenness, there is also the warning about the heart becoming drowsy because of the worries and concerns of daily life. Probably most of us reading this don’t have a problem with carousing and drunkenness, but we probably all get caught up with the “worries of life.” Most other Bible translations for this verse talk about the heart being “weighed down” instead of drowsy. Either way, Jesus warns us that if we don’t keep our hearts light and awake, we will not be ready for the days of tribulations that are coming. A heart that is either too heavy or asleep will not know how to be ready and vigilant for these hard times that will be coming.

How does one keep his or her heart awake? Well, besides refraining from carousing and drunkenness, Jesus mentions being free from the anxieties of daily life. Easier said than done. Sometime we just get so caught up in the business of life that we forget that we are in our loving Father’s care. Taking the time to reflect on Jesus’ words in the Gospel is a great first step. Being able to put aside time from our busy lives to pray, read, meditate, are all ways we can be free from our daily worries. Not only does setting that time aside put our hearts in the right place at that moment, but it also helps our hearts to stay in the right place. This is why scheduling times for prayer and reflection throughout our day can keep our hearts from becoming drowsy.

Ponder:

How can I spend regular time in prayer and meditation throughout the day so that my heart can always be neither weighed down or drowsy from the anxieties of life?

Pray:

Dear Heavenly Father, who takes care of all of our needs, help us to not get caught up in the busyness of life and to keep our hearts ready to do Your will.


Copyright 2017 Tami Kiser

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Tami is the author Smart Martha’s Catholic Guide for Busy Moms and the founder of www.smartmartha.com. She lives in Greenville, SC with her husband of 29 years.  She has 10 children:  8 boys and 2 girls ranging in age from 27 to 4. She also has 5 grandchildren.   Tami runs the Smart Martha ministry, CatholicFamilyCelebrations.com, the CatholicMosaic.com, and teaches dance classes.  Thinking like a Smart Martha has helped her to constantly seek to “sit at Christ’s feet” even in the midst of piles of laundry and sinks of dirty dishes. Visit Tami at
www.smartmartha.com.

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