Christ Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. (Colossians 1:15)
Health experts recommend taking a five-minute break from work every hour as a way of decreasing stress and increasing concentration and productivity. Not only can breaks like these increase your productivity in the short term, but they can also improve your overall health.
If this is true for your physical life, imagine how much more true it can be for your spiritual life! So try it today. Every hour, make it a point to take a short break to refocus yourself. Maybe stretch or take a short walk; and as you’re doing it, take just one line from today’s first reading, and ponder it.
In prayer, see if one verse leaps out at you. Perhaps it’s that Jesus is the image of God; perhaps it’s that all things hold together in him; perhaps it’s that he has made peace by the blood of the cross. Or it may be something from the Gospel reading instead. Whatever it is, write it down, and keep it with you. At each hour break, take out that verse, and read it over again. If you’re near a computer, do a web search on its meaning. If you’re out working in the field, repeat the verse to yourself over and over just as you would a decade of the Rosary. If you’re surrounded by friends or co-workers, just take a quick break, and go somewhere quiet, where you can mull it over more. Try to understand the meaning of the passage better, and memorize it; or just sit quietly in God’s presence, and let the words sink into your heart.
Your doctor might call it a “five-minute stress-busting break,” but our spiritual ancestors called it “practicing the presence of God.” No matter what you call it, the benefits are undeniable. You are touching base with the Lord at regular intervals, making the effort to be aware of his presence throughout the day. As you do, you’ll get to know Jesus better, you’ll develop your “spiritual muscles” more fully, and you’ll be more aware of God’s constant presence. Even more important, you will be better equipped to handle the stresses and demands of your day because you are in touch with your heavenly Father.
“Father, help me stay in touch with you today!”~WAU