Full Disclosure: I’m about to describe what I WISH Sunday morning was like. And it’s true, I’ve pulled this off a handful of times but it certainly isn’t the norm.
Before I describe my dream Sundays, let me tell you what usually happens…
I slept too late but I’m still exhausted…
I eat leftovers of some amazing breakfast my husband made for the girls…
Then the following things get said….
Where are your church shoes? No, you can’t wear rain boots.
Yes, we have to brush your hair. I know we don’t usually brush your hair but it’s important when we go see Jesus. I know we see Jesus at daily Mass but Sunday is different. Um, that’s a good question but… respect what I say and now we have to brush your hair.
Yes if you make good choices, you can have something special after Mass. You know that’s not the most important part of church right? Yes, I’ll see if there is one with sprinkles.
I get to the car and realize I haven’t brushed my teeth or my hair and I ask Jesus, “Lord, you know I love you and I’m trying my best. Sorry about the crazy.” Le sigh.
Now to my ideal morning. I wake up at 6:30, make some Good Earth tea, cozy into my favorite chair with a blanket and pull out my bible. I use my phone to pull up the readings that will be at Mass. I open my bible to the same readings so I can feel the paper beneath my fingers.
Not only do I read the readings but I spend a little bit of time reading what was before and after to get even more context for what is being said. I might even read the reflection from Blessed Is She or the Magnificat.
I feel ready for Mass. I know that even if my sweet little girls turn into wild monkeys and I can’t hear the priest talking, I know what’s being said. I have the word of God in my heart. I feel like I’m one with our whole Catholic church which is universal.
If I pull this off, this is the type of bible reading I do on Sundays. If the morning goes… the way Sunday mornings often go… then I will do my regular bible reading in the afternoon. I know there will be time later in life where I can make this lovely habit something I do every Sunday but perhaps now is not the most reliable of seasons. I did want to throw it out there though for you ambitious and perhaps slightly more organized Catholics out there!
MY BIBLE REFLECTION:
“For this reason I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control.” II Timothy 1:6
I love this quote. The second half is a piece of scripture I memorized from a different translation but one that still speaks so strongly to me. “… but rather of power and love and self-control.” So often we say the phrase, “It’s too hard” or “I just can’t help myself” or “I know better.” And we’ll say it like a joke but usually it’s true. This is how we really feel. We’ve tricked ourselves into thinking we really can’t step-up and do better. We can’t control the urge to do something that isn’t good for us.
That’s why I like this scripture so much. It’s also why I think the bible is the best self-help book out there! God gave us a spirit of self-control. He gave us the power to use His strength to accomplish great things. Of course we have doubt. We doubt that we can because we know our human nature can’t. But it’s not human nature that we need to draw from, it’s His goodness and His power.
God is your biggest fan. Listen to His cheers and let Him give you the motivation to try harder!