Weekly Reflection - 3/7/2023
St. Mary's Reflection: The Rev. Kathy Guin, Assisting Priest
What Really Matters Most to You?
What really matters most to you? I have been thinking of this question as I have spoken with others at St. Mary’s, who are deeply reflecting on their lives during this powerful season of Lent. I am seeing a sense of awe and wonder as they look at those deep places in their lives of meaning and purpose. I thought about this question when reflecting on our journey of Living Well through Lent- Practicing Compassion with All your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind.
I have already found many “Wow moments" as I took in these short, deeply insightful reflections. I find this pretty amazing given I have traveled with Living Compass during Lent and Advent for many years. I think this is one of their best offerings yet. So just so you know, it is never too late to start this rhythm of daily reflections. Here’s the link https://www.livingcompass.org/lent
Given that time is a finite resource, here is a way to focus on what matters most. Recognizing each time we say yes to something, we are showing what our priorities. Keeping this in mind, the Living Compass begins with looking at how we are dedicating our precious time. There are some great tools for finding guidance as you look at all parts of your life. Seeking the interconnections, so that you may find ways to be more intentional about the way you live your life. There are some powerful quotes, prayers, and contemplative practices in the back of the booklet for looking at ways to focus on what matters most.
Reflecting on this question, I find Lent opens an opportunity for learning how to live with more attention and awareness for what matters most in our lives. Time for listening for ways God is reaching out to you with love and compassion to all parts of your life. As we read in Living Compass’s Sunday reflection, “It all comes down to the source of compassion. Our acts arise from God’s infinite love, whether we realize it or not. Your actions may seem small or even insignificant to you. But God is weaving together all desires and small sacrifices and kindnesses and moments of tenderness. And through then God is mending the world.”
The Rev. Kathy Guin,