Focus … Monday, September 9

Birth of Jesus Matthew 2:1

Look close. Where is the focal point here?

A Rosary Meditation … The Third Joyful Mystery, the Nativity. New birth. Jesus, Life, offers us His own experience with life and living. He, in sharing His birth, His life, with us gives us new life and we are born again. Because He was born the first time we are able, by God’s grace, to be born the second time. And in this Mystery Christ, and Mother Mary, along with good St. Joseph, gives us the example to follow in beginning our New Life. Please note that on this side of eternity God’s grace is always available to us which means that today is the day, always, to begin this New Life. And the examples given are straightforward, easy to understand. They are simplicity and love. Life needs no grand trappings to be lived, love doesn’t require attention in order to be given. In the quiet and uncomplicated space occupied here, with the manger as the focal point, living and loving were as bright and wonderful as possible. So, we have our examples. But how? How do we follow these examples? Well, by looking carefully we’ll see the key. The manger was the focal point. So long as we keep our focus on Who (the One IN the manger) Mary and Joseph kept their focus on we’ll know, and live, the same Life they experienced.

St. Wulfhilda

Today … St. Wulfhilda (died c. 1000), was a Benedictine abbess. Probably a member of the Anglo-Saxon nobility, she was much sought after by King Edgar (r. 957-975) for her hand in marriage while a novice at Wilton Abbey. She refused his proposal and finally won his permission to become a nun. She eventually became abbess of the convents of Barking and Ilorton, serving from 993 as abbess of both houses. Wulfhilda was obviously a very focused individual. You might even say that focus is the way to sainthood.

Think … If someone visited you, saw the books you read, looked at the artwork on your walls, maybe saw the T.V. on or heard the radio, where would they think your focus was?