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John 11:55—12:8. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.
Throughout the gospels, Jesus would withdraw from the crowds that demanded his time and energy to pray, rest, and renew his spirit. This did not take him away from his mission; it brought him back with greater passion and ability. Mary’s anointing of Jesus is also a moment of pause, a time to reflect and prepare for the difficult journey ahead.
I too need these types of moments—sometimes daily—to keep me grounded in the meaning behind what I do, especially in my work as a union negotiator. On stressful mornings, I often park away from my end destination to pray and breathe for about ten minutes. This grounds me in God’s peace, just before I enter into the trenches.
Is there something you can do today to pause and reflect on your own faith and life journey?
Today the Church remembers Hildegard, 1179.