Father Mark, Reflections

Duh!  Why didn’t I think of that?

Blessings on Annunciation Day, the day Gabriel visited Mary with the Good News and Mary said, “Yes!”

I was walking on my alternate C-19 Route this morning and it “dawned” on me, on this special day, let’s enact Gabriel’s visit to Mary by a visitation to the homes of our members.  So as I passed the Ward’s, Clark’s, McVea’s, Bullock’s, Robbin’s, and Wallace’s on my walk, I stopped and pronounced a blessing upon them.

Our Book of Occasional Services has a prayer in the Blessing of a Home which I believe is most appropriate for us at this time: 

Visit, O blessed Lord, this home with the gladness of your presence. Bless all who live here with the gift of your love; and grant that they may manifest your love [to each other and] to all whose lives they touch. May they grow in grace and in the knowledge and love of you; guide, comfort, and strengthen them; and preserve them in peace, O Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen

Perhaps this prayer might be a benefit to say together with your family or friends on the phone.

This morning and afternoon I will be walking through town and stopping on your sidewalk to offer this prayer and a blessing to you.  For those of you further away, I will either drive out or pray the prayer for you from the church.  This may take me a couple of days.

This is a good time to reflect on the above title of this journal entry.  I didn’t think of this idea.  It was revealed to me.  Another way of defining what prayer is that we spend our time emptying our mind of the “stuff” that keeps us from hearing the still small Voice (I Kings 17) attempting to reach us.  My thinking isn’t transformational.  God’s Voice is.   The best my thinking can do (on a good day) is to remember the past history of Divine Wisdom imparted in God’s revelations and attempt to align my thoughts with them.  Every day we make hundreds of choices automatically, sometimes without reflecting on the source of the criteria by which we make these choices.  Ideally, we can receive fresh revelations which are more finely honed to meet the new situations of the present day.  We never know when Gabriel or Michael, Raphael, Uriel (the Archangels), or the Holy Spirit will stop by for a visit to birth the Word in us anew.