Reflection for Monday, May 6, 2013
Today we are reminded of the important place of women in society and thus in the AA program. In the Acts of the Apostles first reading for today, we find Paul at prayer with women from Philippi, a Roman colony. “We spent some time in that city. On the sabbath we went outside the city gate along the river where we thought there would be a place of prayer. We sat and spoke with the women who had gathered there. One of them, a woman named Lydia….listened, and the Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what Paul was saying. After she and her household had been baptized, she offered us an invitation, ‘If you consider me a believer in the Lord, come and stay at my home,’ and she prevailed on us.” (Acts 16:11-15)
There is a message here for those of us attending an AA meeting today. Pay attention to what is said, laying aside other distracting thoughts. Doing so we might just hear something that will stir our heart to change course today. It might not be dramatic but it will make a difference in life today, i.e., how we treat others and how we go about our duties this day.
Notice too that prayer comes first. When the mind and heart are quieted with prayer we are more receptive to God’s spirit.
Prayer: Dear Lord help me to be present, fully present today when I attend my AA meeting. Sharpen my listening and let me hear what I need to hear today. Then, dear Lord, move me to action! Amen.
These thoughts offered by Brother Richard Hittle, S.J., a grateful 1980 graduate of Guest House and an employee since 2004.