Hearts on a pilgrimage
Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage. —Psalm 84:5
When Jesus is present, all is well and nothing seems difficult; but when Jesus is absent everything is hard. When Jesus does not speak inwardly to us, all other comfort is worth nothing; but if Jesus speaks just one word, we feel great consolation. Did not Mary arise immediately from her weeping when Martha said to her, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you”? Happy is the moment when Jesus calls us from tears to joy of spirit. —Thomas à Kempis, Praying with Your Whole Heart
Prayer of the Day
Jesus, I often place value on the things in my life that are temporary and fleeting. Help me to spend myself—and everything I have—in pursuit of what is truly valuable: the kingdom of heaven, that I may bring it down wherever I am. Amen.