5th Sun B
Christian conversion is promoted by conversation. This section is a response to and a development on the knowledge gained from the commentary section.
This Sunday's Exposition
Those, who can go to sleep with the blare of the TV to be woken by the bombardment of the radio may not know what they are missing. The song Music of the Night from The Phantom of the Opera captures the beauty and serenity that night can offer for the soaring of the spirit. Night. This is the time that Jesus twice chooses for prayer in Mark’s Gospel. Night. This is the time when our self can emerge from the demands of the day to meet our hopes in the Spirit of God.
In the night, we can be open more easily to our inner self; allowing our own personal hopes, needs and fears to resonate. We have time to think our own thoughts, feel our own feelings and share them with God. In the night, we can take the space to review our day and thank God for all its blessings and for what we have learnt. In the morning before dawn we can go over our plans with God, asking for the Spirit to live the day graciously.
Is this fanciful and remote? Not really – look at Jesus, when the disciples tracked him down and deluged him with the demands of the desperate. Having communed with his Father before the dawn, he was able to calmly and decisively enter into the demands of the coming day.