By JENNIFER BURGIN
While Jesus was speaking, a woman from the crowd called out and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed.” He replied, “Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.”
Last weekend I bought a brand new 2016 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L. The beautiful body style is fully-loaded with the latest tech and safety features. My old 2003 Accord with 167 K miles needed costly repairs. Two AAA emergency roadside calls within a short time period warned: "The car is dying. Time for a new set of wheels!"
Did I make a wise decision? Should I have purchased something without all of the bells and whistles? I realize some people cannot afford a vehicle, yet I paid a hefty price tag for a luxury that only depreciates in value. I can enjoy it while it is the latest and greatest, but the new will eventually wear off. In another 5-10 years, I'll be in the same situation with a used and worn out car.
One thing I know for certain is The Holy Spirit never depreciates! Jesus Christ is the greatest beyond the latest! God is the ultimate engineer, technological expert, and safety specialist. He rides with us along the roadways of life. Sometimes he's in the passenger seat whereas at other times he takes a hold of the steering wheel navigating us away from danger.
I like to think of an automobile as a moving sacred space. Most of us cannot safely kneel on the floorboard. However, we can still pray, meditate, and witness to others as we place a foot on the gas pedal and crank up the tunes!
With my new Sirius XM radio, I can hear the word of God and observe it through Catholic radio. I can be a good Christian witness by obeying traffic laws. Instead of becoming irritated while stuck in traffic, I can pray a rosary or say a prayer for a stranded motorist. Best of all, as I drive on long distance road trips, I can appreciate the beauty of nature - the mountains, hills, trees, and waterways. Nothing more relaxing than seeing America's countryside knowing God is part of the landscape!
“The prayer of the farmer kneeling in his field to weed it, the prayer of the rower kneeling with the stroke of his oar, are true prayers heard throughout nature.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
This meditation was written by Jennifer Burgin. Please visit her blog: Jennifer's Spectrum of Spirituality