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February 12

We begin with a sign of God's love for us in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Jesus is a storyteller – he uses stories for teaching. Our Aboriginal peoples have done the same thing for generations to pass on their wisdom and so this week we celebrate Aboriginal Storyteller week. Let us pray for all story tellers seeking and sharing truth.

Listen to this story and see if you can understand Jesus message (Mark 8:11-13) :

The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, asking him for a sign from heaven, to test him. And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, 'Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to this generation.' And he left them, and getting into the boat again, he went across to the other side.

Jesus is frustrated with the people always asking for a sign or for proof of God's power and presence in their midst. We may suspect he was tired of being challenged all he time – a very human thing to experience!  So, he took a time out to pray and calm down.

How do we react when challenged or frustrated? In prayer Jesus find time to think about the most loving response to the people around him – the same goes for us. If we take time to calm down a bit so we can think more clearly, maybe our lives and our world might be a different place.

Take some time today to pray to Jesus for patience and calmness and wisdom to deal with the "craziness" of our lives. Today we also pray for our Byzantine brothers and sisters who begin their Lenten journey on this "Clean Monday".

​With a new sense of calmness and wisdom we meet our day in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Amen.