One Day at a Time
Jesus himself gives us this rule of life. In the middle of the Sermon on the Mount (the sermon that tells us how we are to live our lives as one of his disciples) this is what he tells us:
Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil (Mt. 6:34).
Sounds to me a lot like an instruction to live life “one day at a time.” I’ve always been a fan of day-by-day books. You know, the ones that help the reader pray and meditate in small bites, one day at a time. I’m also devoted to Lectio Divina, which is a Catholic form of praying through and with the Scriptures.
I was told a long time ago, by my faithful and inspiring Protestant brother-in-law Jon, “When reading the Bible for the first time, start with the Psalms.” He said the Psalms are the perfect starting point for a beginner Bible reader. They’re easy to understand and they highlight man’s crying out to God in petition, thanksgiving and praise.
Even though I’m not a beginning Bible-reader, I do think that the Psalms are great for recovery. Whether we have one day or 25 years sober, the Psalms have it all: joy, angst, fear, despair, gratitude….
So, beginning in 2013, I’ll pray one day at a time through the Psalms as presented in the daily Mass, taken from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.