Reading and Prayer of the Day
Seek Your True Home
One emotion was very strong-- that was homecoming. Jesus opened his home to me and seemed to say, "Here is where you belong." The words he spoke to his disciples, " In my Father's house there are many places to live in. . . . I am going now to prepare a place for you" (John 14:2), became very real. The risen Jesus, who now dwells with his Father, was welcoming me home after a long journey.
This experience was the realization of my oldest and deepest desires. Since the first moment of consciousness, I have had to desire to be with Jesus. Now I felt his presence in a most tangible way, as if my whole life had come together and I was being enfolded in love. The homecoming had a real quality of return, a return to the womb of God.
Henry J. M. Nouwen
Beyond the Mirror: Reflection on Death and Life
Indwelling God, you know the truth of me even before I was formed in my mother's womb, you know my thoughts even before I apprehend them, you welcome me home into the warmth of your love even when I do not realize that I am lost. I know myself so little even as you know me so well. I cannot fathom the future, but grant me the grace to appreciate the present in that place where I most belong -- in your heart. Amen.
Practice "letting go" of one aspect of the future which is not in your hands. Spend this day in mindfulness of each present moment rather than letting your thoughts and plans race ahead of yourself.
Rev. Dr. Jung Sun Oh