It is a great thing indeed – to pray without distraction; it is a greater thing still – to sing psalms without distraction – Evagrius Ponticus
Reading: John 12:34-36
34 The crowd spoke up, “We have heard from the Law that the Messiah will remain forever, so how can you say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this ‘Son of Man’?”
35 Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. 36 Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.” When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them.
We modern people are just not now used to being out of a mobile phone contact. Such isolation stirs the demons of anxiety for the caller and the one being called. I see people leaving desperate messages on other media just to explain the absence of a text message or phone call. What if there was an emergency?
Tranquillity in the face of danger speaks to purity of heart. The God-centred soul is calm in a way the self-centred soul can never be. Years of prayerful self-discipline truly manifest their value when catastrophe strikes. Like wildflower seeds that do not sprout until they have been raised in forest fires, the virtues instilled by the prayerful life come into their own when everyone else is fleeing for their lives.
Today. I’ll keep my mobile phone turned off.
Lord, my mobile phone is able to distract me, rescue me, reassure me, or simply cheer me up. Forgive me that I do not rely on you for these things.