Reflection 6 

Text (Gospel Story) John 20:19-31

Jesus said to his disciples: “Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold I am sending the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” Then he led them out as far as Bethany, raised his hands, and blessed them. As he blessed them he parted from them and was taken up to heaven. They did him homage and then returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and they were continually in the temple praising God.

Sharing the Mission

If we are to maintain vision in our lives; if we are to be men and women who worship God with our hearts, we must give attention to our prayer. To give attention to prayer means being ready to waste time, so to speak, in prayer. By wasting time in prayer means being ready to sit still in the presence of God, allowing His presence to seep into us and quietly challenge us. It is through prayer that we slowly make Jesus Christ increasingly a point of reference in our lives, for decisions great and small.

Discussion 

In your conference, do you have a balance between prayer, reflection and conference business?

Prayer

(Leader) Jesus was taken up in a cloud and reigns as Lord of heaven and earth and

promising,

(Together) “I am with you always, even to the end of time.”

(Leader) We ask for balance in our lives between demands of service and prayer,

(Together) Jesus may you always be the center of our lives.

(Leader) We ask for strength to continue as your faithful disciples,

(Together) Jesus may you always be the center of our lives.

(Leader) We ask for the grace “to waste time” in prayer at our conference meetings,

(Together) Jesus may you always be the center of our lives. Amen