People’s lives are busier today than ever before. There is always something to do. Even for Our Lord there was never an end to the work to be done. And yet in the midst of all his activity, Our Lord always made time for silence and prayer, even if he had to get up early in the morning or stay up all night. Saint Peter and the other apostles, caught up in all the excitement of a busy life, approached Our Lord and said: everybody is looking for you! Our Lord knew that. But he also knew that he needed much more than endless activity.
Even Our Lord needed the lonely place in the desert where he could be absorbed in prayer. He needed to listen to the call of the Father, so that he could respond with the boy Samuel: Speak, Lord, your servant is listening; and also with the psalmist: Here I am Lord; I come to do your will.
In the midst of all our activity, we too must find quality time for God. Even in the religious life there is the temptation to let the work take over from our life of prayer and dedication. As Religious we realise that the Office and daily Mass help us stay in touch with God. And daily Mass for everyone who can make it is important because it is here the Word of God is proclaimed and we offer and receive the Bread of Life. But we have to make sure that our time for prayer and daily Mass doesn’t become just another activity in an otherwise busy day. Do we organise our daily schedule so that we are always in good time to prepare for the most important events of our day? We need that silent time to listen as Samuel did, and as Our Lord did. For what does it profit us if we get all the activities in and miss the point of it all?