Jesus, in today’s Gospel, wanted to go to nearby villages and preach, saying, “For this purpose have I come.” Through listening to God’s call through prayer, he was able to focus in on what he was to do. He shows us the way to discover what we are to do: listen to God’s whispers in our hearts and then act on them. We may not always have the extreme clarity to say, “For this purpose have I come,” but sometimes we will, and other times we will know at least what direction we should go and what direction we should avoid. Great way to begin this new year!
(Adapted from Cindy Murphy McMahon)