Morning Prayer

What do you do first thing in the morning? (I mean after the immediate basic…stuff.) From Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.”

The following pasage from the First Reading of today’s Mass (Wednesday of Holy Week): Isaiah 50:…4-5:

Morning after morning he opens my ear that I may hear; And I have not rebelled, have not turned back.

If you awaken in the morning, that means you’ve been given another chance. Once again, you’ve got another day to do whatever it is you feel called to do. To function properly you need to start the day out right. Your body needs to be nourished as well as the mind. Breakfast and a shower energizes you and shakes off the old.

But your soul needs nourishment and a cleansing, too. And for this you need prayer. Prayer, perhaps the thing to do before the body and mind rituals, is important to get properly oriented at the start of the day.

I’ve written before, both here and here about keeping to a regular daily routine of morning prayer. Getting your mind situated in the proper direction helps everything else fall into place. You lessen your chances of rebelling, and turning back.

When morning after morning the Lord opens your ear, do you listen? Prayer is an act of communication. You pray and mediate, and you listen for a response. Just rest in the space of prayer.

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"The Recovery Rosary: Reflections for Alcoholics and Addicts"

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