Today is Wednesday the 19th of February, in the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time.

The monks of the Abbey of Keur Moussa sing: ‘Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.’ As they sing…. I listen.  I listen with my whole attention, with my mind and with my heart, so that I may really hear the word of God, and keep it.

Today’s reading is from the Letter of James.

The very first line of this reading today is quite a challenging one! “Let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger;” If someone were to describe your personality would any of these things be on their list..?

Have you ever used the phrase ‘practise what you preach’..? This is something that many of us sometimes fall short of... it is much easier to tell others what to do rather than look at ourselves. Take some time now to do that. Look at yourself, look deep inside yourself, and for a few moments be honest with yourself about what you find there...

As the reading is read a second time, what other word or phrase strikes you as something God might be saying specifically to you today.

Hold that word or phrase in your mind and heart before God today, you might want to talk to God about what it might mean or you might still be searching and want to talk to God about that search. Whatever it is, bring it before God with an honest and open heart.