Do you tend to spiritually underpack or overpack?

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, 3 January 2021

In today’s reflection, Waiting in Joyful Hope author Michelle Francl-Donnay reflects on Matthew 2:11b, 30-day retreats, Amahl and the Night Visitors, and sitting on our luggage.

In the comments section below, share your own response to today’s scripture, Francl-Donnay’s reflection, or the accompanying meditation prompt.

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  1. My first reaction to the image of packing for time away from home is packing my hospital bag. My son has spent so much time in the Cleveland Clinic that I know exactly what I need: the Ohio State canvas tote filled with iPad, charger, rosary, journal, pens, water bottle, Lara bars, and a deck of cards, maybe the book I’m reading. Inevitably, the water bottle and rosary get the most use. My goal has been to emulate my father- he brings nothing. He waits, chin on chest, apparently snoozing. Because our last trip was to the emergency department, there was no time to pack- though I did miss the water bottle- to be a camel! Knowing my son was in the best place possible, I relaxed, chin on chest, snoozing, and prayed for healing, blessing the many hands that relieved his symptoms. My epiphany has taken years to realize: God will take up as much room as I need, He will take up all the room I give Him.

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