January 15, 2018
by Beth Samson
Creighton University's Campus Ministry
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Monday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 311

1 Samuel 15:16-23
Psalms 50:8-9, 16bc-17, 21 and 23
Mark 2:18-22

Praying Ordinary Time

In today's gospel, Jesus tells again of the new ways brought about by his presence in the world. The new ways are different then the ways people followed the leaders like John the Baptist and the Pharisees who came before him. The new does not fit with the ways of the old - the new wine will break the old wineskins, the new cloth will not fit with the old cloth. Jesus' presence and example set new expectations for how to follow in his way. 

As we continue to carry the hope, joy, and love that comes from the Christmas season, we consider how the way of Jesus will change our expectations and actions. What am I called to reconsider in light of Jesus?

As a way to experience God's immanent presence with us and how we may be called to live a new way, I invite us to take some time out of our day to pray with Centering Prayer - a form of prayer that offers a way to grow in intimacy with God, moving beyond conversation to communion. 

(I recommend setting an alarm for 15 minutes, so that we can focus in the prayer.)

  1. Sit in an attentive posture in a way that allows for an open hart. Place hands in our lap.
  2. Gently close our eyes and bring to mind our sacred word, image or breath as a symbol to consent to the presence and action of God within me.
  3. Silently, with eyes closed, recall our sacred symbol to begin our prayer. As I notice my thoughts, gently return to my sacred word.
  4. When my prayer period is over, I transition slowly from my prayer practice to my active life. 

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