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, the apostles sometimes baffle me. Time after time, I wonder how in the world could they not get 'the get' with Jesus standing right in front of them. In the case of the reading below, Jesus is right there on the boat asleep on the cushion. An ugly storm falls over them and they immediately cower, crumple into a tiny state of being and panic. They woke up Jesus and wondered why wasn't He doing something. Did He not care? The interesting thing is, nothing happened! Nothing happened yet and nothing was going to happen. The only thing that happened was they saw the level of their Faith. That's what happened and that is what needed to happen.
This makes me think about the times when I feel tossed around like a toy boat on the open seas. Could it be that I 'need' to get shaken in order to wake me up so I will sail rightly? Do I need to be shook up to see what falls out of me? And honestly, if I believe in Jesus so much, why in the world would I be afraid of anything? What harm could possibly come to me if I believe that You have my back? Father, I do not want to be tested like the apostles were in order to see the level of my Faith. Right now, this very minute, I claim, own and profess my belief in You and Your Son Jesus Christ. I am on board!
From now on, I consciously choose to embrace a higher state of awareness that includes You. I ask You to increase my Faith, discipline and resolve so that when I encounter difficult circumstances, my spirit is calmed and I know exactly what to do. Just like when Jesus withdrew from the crowd to be with You and His thoughts, so must I do the same. I am certain that You have my best interests under Your Divine Control, Influence, Power and Love. I praise You and thank You for all of the wonderful things You have given me, all of the things You have done for me and all of the things You have planned for me. Thank You!
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
35 On that day, when evening had come, He said to them, "Let us go across to the other side."
36 And leaving the crowd, they took Him with them in the boat, just as He was. And other boats were with Him.
37 And a great storm of wind arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already filling.
38 But He was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, "Teacher, do You not care if we perish?"
39 And He awoke and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!" And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
40 He said to them, "Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?"
41 And they were filled with awe, and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even wind and sea obey Him?"
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ
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