Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

December 22, 2013

Thomas and Elizabeth: Isn’t it amazing to watch Colin when he’s sleeping?  The peacefulness of any child sleeping can just pull us into that same quiet place of heart.  But when they dream, it’s really amazing to watch!  You can watch their face scrunch up and their little bodies shake a bit.  I’ve often wondered what babies dream.  Seriously…what could possibly be going through their amazing brains at that young, tender age? 

We know that as adults, some of our most challenging life-stuff is worked through when we dream; life-changing insights can come to us in our dreams; some of our deepest truths emerge when we dream.   Sometimes in our slumber a courage and determination is given birth, leading us to wake up and do what needs to be done, to say what needs to be said, to let go of what needs to be let go of... all in our sleep, all while we dream.    -Just ask Joseph.

Our lives are often filled with conflicting urges and contradictory voices that call us to “do this” or “do that”, obligations that weigh us down and responsibilities that call us in so many directions that we don’t know what to do first.  Often it is in the quiet moments of our sleep, in the deepest of our dreams, sometimes without even realizing it, that it all comes clear.    -Just ask Joseph. 

In our sleep, or in our prayerful contemplation where we lose track of time and place, when we are able to let go of the need to control, we release the grip of our fears and our worries and see more clearly what it is that God wants us to do.      -Just ask Joseph.

In that place, where we unconsciously surrender to every breath and heartbeat as a treasure, we are also able to surrender to the will of God in our life, to feel his divine heartbeat in our chest.  There, in that place, when we close our eyes and ask God take over our lives completely, are we able to best know the deepest callings and passions of our soul, where we are able to hear the voice of the angels.      -Just ask Joseph.   And “when Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him.” 

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