“Wavelength” Week 1: Our Brainfood

Dear brothers and sisters,

During this prolonged season of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many bad habits that we’ve perhaps fallen into: poor eating, lack of exercise, watching too much tv or spending too much time in front of a screen. Perhaps there are also good habits we’ve taken on, like spending more quality time with our family, or taking an online class, or restarting an old hobby. This series is all about our thinking, and how our thinking greatly impacts our relationship to God and our relationships with one another. I invite you to really take this series seriously and invite others as well, because it could be a gamechanger especially during this time of crisis.

When it comes to our thinking, we do not always give it much “thought.” How we think about life ultimately determines our actions and our destiny. How we think about a problem will determine the decisions we make. How we think about people determines the health of our relationships. Thinking affects the state of our hearts, and deeply impacts our lives. To love God and to love others, we must take responsibility for our thought life. We have to grow in our ability to think. We need learn to think as God thinks, and view the world as God does. When we learn to think and view the world as God does, it will be easier for us to do as God says.

In Matthew 16, a Gospel passage we heard at Mass not long ago, Jesus takes his disciples north of Galilee to Caesarea Philippi, and asks the disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15). Peter responds, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God” (16:16). However, afterwards Jesus predicts his Passion, and then Peter tries to rebuke him. Jesus then turns to Peter and says, “Get behind me Satan! You are an obstacle to me. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do” (16:23).

When we are on the same “wavelength” as another person, we live and work more effectively and peacefully with them, whether it is as a spouse or parent, or at work or school. The same is true in our relationship with God. We get on God’s wavelength through knowledge, imagination, and memory. During the course of this series, we will look at these different things, but our goal this week is to look at our “brainfood.” What things do we need to stop doing to feed our brains, and what things do we need to start doing, so that our thoughts are more aligned with God’s thoughts? Questions for Small Groups:

1. When have you seen a very close connection between a change of thinking, and a change of your habits or actions?

2. When have you seen relationships flourish because you were on the same wavelength as another person?

3. What has helped form you to think as God thinks?

4. On a scale of 1-10 how much of your thinking is on God’s wavelength?

5. Read aloud Matthew 16:23. What does this reveal to us about our thought life in developing our relationship with God?

6. What can you start doing this week to start getting on God’s wavelength? Think about opportunities on your commute to work, or while doing things around the house.

With blessings,

Fr. Reichlen

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