Fresh Insight

The scene in the Gospel today has many Jews picking up rocks to stone Jesus for blasphemy, for making himself God. The people do not recognize that Jesus’ teachings and his works (miracles) have been done to help them believe and understand, “that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.”

How many times have I made a judgement in my mind about a situation, and yet there is an unsettled feeling (if I’m paying attention) deep in my heart? Maybe there is more going on in a circumstance than I’m willing to admit to myself.

A wise woman once said, “Sometimes the longest journey we make is the sixteen inches from our heads to our hearts.” It could be that I am blind to a different perspective, position, interpretation or view of a situation. Am I willing to be honest with myself, to take some time in prayer and to delve more deeply into that instance from a different angle or voice?

On this fifth Friday of our Lenten journey, let us pray for the Holy Spirit to bring a fresh breath of insight into our minds, our hearts and our prayers this Holy Week.


Come Divine Spirit –

Rattle our cages –

Break into our locked houses –

Water our parched land –

Undo our bends and twistedness –

Awaken our hearts –

Help us to overflow with kindness –

And – 

Give us unending joy!

(From an Ancient Pentecost Liturgy)

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Beth Price is part of the customer care team at Diocesan. She brings a unique depth of experience to the group due to her time spent in education, parish ministries, sales and the service industry over the last 25 yrs. She is a practicing spiritual director as well as a Secular Franciscan (OFS). Beth is quick to offer a laugh, a prayer or smile to all she comes in contact with. Reach her here

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