The Epiphany of the Lord
Eph 3:2-3, 5-6
“… but upon you the Lord shines…”
We are in Phase 3, and now able to have meals outside with more of our friends and family. Things are looking up!
This is markedly different, at least for me, from my situation in the past few months.
The Circuit Breaker started well. I felt elated that my productivity at work increased significantly; I was able to dispense with all the travelling to and from the office, and found the online meetings a wonderful enabler for work.
After a few months of this ‘new normal’, however, I found the reverse to be true; I started getting tired easily, and consequently, increasingly irritable. I found myself in an almost-constant foul mood, and struggled to find joy in daily life.
In today’s first reading, Isaiah talks about a similar situation, when the earth was covered by darkness. What struck me though, was when he talked about the Lord shining over the whole earth with His glory.
Strangely (and perhaps not coincidentally), I was just watching an interview with the actor Mark Wahlberg today, who was talking about his routine. The famous actor, known for his Catholic faith, is known for his rigour in daily life. Known for waking up early and following a strict and regular routine, the point that stood out was his mention of his daily prayer time.
I realised that a big part of my struggle was the fact that I had kept my eyes only on how dark the clouds were, rather than focusing on the brightness and warmth of our Lord’s sun, that has always surrounded us through this tough period. I had neglected to tune in to the ‘power source’ — in daily prayer and time with our Lord.
I also realised that this was exacerbated by the other challenges presented by the Circuit Breaker; not being able to attend Mass, nor receive communion, as well as being unable to meet my small Christian community and play in the praise and worship band in my church.
It hit me that faith is not a destination, and my recent experience has taught me the importance of always ‘tuning in’, through our constant connection through a regular prayer time, the Mass, and community.
May we all have a fruitful 2021, and continue on our journey back to normality!
(Today’s Oxygen by Paul Wee)
Prayer: Father God, we pray that we may not take our connection with You for granted. Help us, Father, to be able to build our daily routines around You, and to put You as the highest priority.
Thanksgiving: Thank You, Lord, for surrounding us with Your glory, especially during these challenging times. We are grateful that You continue to watch over us, regardless of whether we are aware.