For a more enriching experience,
go down on your knees to pray or take it one step further
and prostrate yourself (lay face down) on the floor while praying.
Father, today's reading below brings to mind when I have shut off communication simply because I did not want to be wrong. It also reminds me of the times when I simply fell silent and didn't offer my opinion until I saw where the conversation was going. Again, this comes from a space of not wanting to be wrong. I can certainly see how I have acted and reacted like the Pharisees where they just could not allow themselves to be wrong because it did not suit their interest or ego. I can also see the times where I really wasn't listening at all, I was just thinking about what I wanted to say next while the other person was still talking, thereby not really hearing a thing that was said. This is no less than hypocritical behavior, which I am clearly aware of now. Reading about the Pharisees hard hearts reminds me of when I choose to be hard and difficult rather than a Good listener to enlighten myself. Thank You for this awareness as I apply it to my Life and become a better communicator with others.
Through Jesus Christ's Most Precious Blood, Most Sacred Name and Most Holy Face, I thank You for this awareness. Amen~
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark
1 Again He entered the synagogue. There was a man there who had a withered hand.
2 They watched Him closely to see if He would cure him on the sabbath so that they might accuse Him.
3 He said to the man with the withered hand, "Come up here before us."
4 Then He said to them, "Is it lawful to do Good on the sabbath rather than to do evil, to save Life rather than to destroy it?" But they remained silent.
5 Looking around at them with anger and grieved at their hardness of heart, He said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out and his hand was restored.
6 The Pharisees went out and immediately took counsel with the Herodians against Him to put him to death.
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ
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