But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom. ~ Isaiah 11:1
Too often we forget to have "prayer breaks" from our daily lives and struggles—like that of exams and studying for them. Why do we need these, why do we crave them? We crave the peace found in Christ, in the shoot that had sprout from the stump of Jesse.
It is in prayer that we strip away the worldly things around us and refocus in heavenly of things. It also through prayer that God does indeed transform us since it is in honest and forthright prayer that we do become the most quiet in our own broken selves and turn to God as his sons and daughters in such a beautiful childlike way. It is through the Son that we know the Father, and it was through His cross and resurrection that God's love was truly revealed.
At that very moment he rejoiced in the holy Spirit and said, "I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him."
Turning to the disciples in private he said, "Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it." ~ Luke 10:21-24
First: Is 11:1-10
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17
Gospel: Lk 10:21-24