Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed. Simon and those who were with him pursued him and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.”

Mark 1:35-37

Lord, I am looking for you and I will find you in prayer. Let me enter into your Presence. Here I am, in the silence of my room, with 45 minutes until noon Mass. I want only to surrender to your Love. Keep me still in you.

Immediately after the unclean spirit “outed” you in the temple, Lord Jesus, you went home with Simon and Andrew and healed Simon’s mother in law, who got up at once and waited on you. There is no hesitation. Just as the fishermen walked away from their boats, the woman recognizes you and wants nothing but to serve you.

How can we hesitate, then, when you reveal yourself to us? Why waste time wondering what you want when all we have to do is follow you? If we trust you, we will know.

As before every transition, you retreat to pray. You are about to announce your ministry to “all of Galilee.” You are launched into your public life, and all are caught up in its impetus. First, though, you discuss it with the Father.

As exciting and fulfilling as our mission may seem, we cannot enter into it without reflecting and discerning when, where and how to carry it out. Enlighten us, Lord. Encourage and guide us. You are the Way.

As I pray, trusting that you will reveal your will to me, let me wait in hope for your call. Thy will be done.

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