“Hello. This is Jesus. Do you have time to talk?”
Pope Francis has become quite famous for his random phone calls to all sorts of people from convicted criminals to seminarians. He starts with, “Hello, this is Pope Francis. Do you have time to talk?” Can you imagine answering your cell phone and hearing that voice with that question? Almost everyone initially thinks the phone calls are prank calls and answers awkwardly, “Okay. Vey funny! Who is this?” Then the pope has to retort, “No. Really. This is me. Papa Francesco.” After a few further awkward moments the pope gets to why he is calling, whether it be to give condolences, answer questions the person has sent to the pope or challenge something the person has said publicly. No matter what the conversation, all people who speak with the pope are transformed in a powerful way.
The irony is that God calls to us each and every day through his son Jesus and his Holy Spirit. He says, “Hello. This is Jesus. Do you have time to talk?” Like the random phone calls from the pope, we most often do not believe it could really be Jesus and we dismiss that voice within ourselves asking to speak to us, and we remain busy with all of life’s troubles and activities.
But be completely confident that Jesus wants to speak to us every day and he wants to talk to us, not just listen to us. The biggest challenge we have in our own prayer life is that we tend to believe that we only need to “say our prayers” and we are praying. Well yes, that is prayer but it is only the first half of prayer; that is the talking half. The other half is listening to Jesus. Listening to how God wants to guide our lives into the light of Christ and faith. He wants us to be full of joy and life. He wants us to be free from darkness and sin. He wants us to listen to him.
In today’s Gospel, the disciples heard Jesus say, “Come and have breakfast.” Can you imagine hearing Jesus saying that to you—inviting you to have breakfast? What a beautiful and striking invitation! Yet Jesus would love to have breakfast every day if only we allowed him. Try tomorrow morning to invite Jesus to your breakfast and say, “Come Jesus and have breakfast with me.” Start out every day with listening to Jesus in prayer. Invite him into your life and listen to what he has to say. He has words for you—just you alone—every single day. Like the calls from Pope Francis, accept the invitation to talk to Jesus—listen and allow your life be transformed.