“Come to me heedfully, listen, that you may have life.” Isaiah 55:3

Today’s scripture offers calming words for troubled souls.  So many of us are grieving losses and setbacks after a painful year that left no one unchallenged.  Yet we know that God is with us.

The invitation to life—eternal life—is the central core of our faith.  The best way I know to find God is to focus on all the blessings we have received, and to get reacquainted with our priorities.  What is most important in our lives?  What is God calling us to be?  Can we discern God’s presence even when times become difficult?

Prayer is a key part of the discernment process.  Being still—allowing for the presence of God in quiet moments of meditation—and being open to the work of the Holy Spirit can renew us.

For me, being still means expressing gratitude for so many things:  my family, my vocation, my fellow Maryknollers, my unforgettable years as a missioner in Peru, and for acts of kindness that have come my way… at times from the most unexpected of sources.  But to be honest, my priorities for this year are not my own.  I fully expected to return to mission in 2021 after serving in leadership for six years.  But the pandemic made it impossible for us to hold our General Chapter last fall to elect a new leadership team.  So here I am.  Not doing what I necessarily want to.  But fulfilling an unexpected role that God has given me.

What are you grateful for?  And what are your priorities for the New Year?  Taking a moment in prayer each day is a great way to “listen heedfully” and be renewed in God’s love.  New paths open up to us when we put ourselves in God’s hands.  Regardless of where I am, I know my role is to bring the joy of our faith to more people, and to be a better missioner.  That’s what I pray for every day.

Friend, it’s a sign of humility when we can admit that God’s priorities are always better than our own.  The “someone” that God is calling us to be is unique and special, and will be revealed no matter the circumstance as long as we let God in.  Even things that cause us difficulty can be pathways to glory.  So today, be hopeful because God is here, ever present and ever comforting.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Father Raymond J. Finch, M.M.

Prayer for 2nd Sunday

Speak to me, Lord, in the silence

of my heart, that I might learn

to listen for Your voice

and heed Your word ever present

in the people, places, and events

around me.

Help me to quiet my mind

when worries and problems upset me

and in the stillness fill me with Your peace

mindful of the countless blessings

I have received from Your merciful hands.

Grant that I may be ever grateful

for all the gifts You have given me:

Life, family, friends, health, joy, and love.

And may I thank you too for all the trials

that come my way that teach me to rely

on Your Holy Will to make things right

Through Christ, our Lord

Prayer by Maryknoll Missioner, Father Joseph Veneroso


We are a Catholic Society of priests and brothers based in the United States. We are dedicated to missionary work overseas in over 20 countries. Additionally, we animate Catholics in the United States to follow their own baptismal call to share God’s compassion and love with the poor, the sick, and all those in need.


L-R Tom O'Brien, Ray Finch, Joe Everson, Russ Feldmeier

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L-R Tom O'Brien, Ray Finch, Joe Everson, Russ Feldmeier

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