Sunday, August 1, 2010

Minds Not At Rest

Most of us can recall those nights where we can't seem to get to sleep or stay asleep because our minds just won't shut off. You know the ones I am talking about~ try as you might, you can't sleep because there is this never ending tape running through your head. It plays and replays the days events or the worries and concerns we have in general. When I have one of those nights, my list goes something like this: my finances are not what they should be, did I do the right thing in a given situation at work, why is my boss the way she is... You get the idea.
The thing is these things that keep me awake, as important as they may seem to be, are really just temporary. It was the line in Ecclesiastes that got my attention today at Mass; "...even at night his mind is not at rest." But it is the toiling away that keeps our minds from resting at times.
Today's Gospel puts it all in perspective; we are to store our treasure for and in heaven. So maybe my nightly tape should go something more like this: when was the last time I went to confession, am I praying often and well enough, am I doing enough to serve God and others. Those are the things that will help me to get to heaven. My job and my bank account will surely fade away.

Prayer
Heavenly Father,
Help me to remember that the things of this earth will pass away, but that You and Your Word will not. Grant me the grace to store up my treasure in heaven and be less concerned with material things, desiring only what I truly need.
In keeping my eyes and mind on You, I know that I will someday gain the treasure that awaits me in my true heavenly home.
All of this I pray in Jesus' name.
Amen.

Readings for today, the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

6 comments:

Victor S E Moubarak said...

We all have these "re-winding tapes" moments. I usually pray: "Do not let your fears guide you, but allow God to do so.”

I work out, on paper if needs be, what it is that bothers me. Writing it down focusses the mind. Then I ask whether I can do something about it. If Yes, pray and do it. If No, pray and hand it over to God.

By the way, you're welcome to copy today's post on my Blog. I've replied to you there.

God bless.

Colleen said...

Great reflection and a good reminder for me! Hugs!

Karinann said...

Thanks Victor and Colleen
Victor- great advice!

Anne said...

That line from Ecclesiastes convicted me as well. I had never thought about sleepless nights as a result of vanity. I remember hearing a story about Pope John XXIII. Every night before he'd go to bed, he'd tell God "Well, I did the best I could today, it's your church, you take care of it tonight! I'm going to bed!"

Mary333 said...

It can be tough to turn off the "brain chatter". I've worked on this for soooo many years and pray about it a lot. I know that the Lord is trying to help me with this so when I go to bed I picture myself handing Him the burdens of the day. The Rosary helps, too!

Karinann said...

Thanks Anne and Mary.
Anne- that's a great prayer from John XXIII.

Mary- I often pray the Rosary to help me forget my day as well. I will have to remember to try your visualization of handing my burdens over to Him.

Blessings to you both!

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.