Thursday, July 21, 2011

Quote of the Day

Here's an important reminder from Erasmo Leiva Merikakis’ reflections on Matthew’s 13:10-17         “Jesus has come to enlighten and save all, yet not all at the same time or in the same way. The disciples’ humble approach and Jesus’ own free election of each off them is the basis for their growth in understanding divine mysteries. They must abide humbly and lovingly close to the living Word if they are to enter into the mind of God.” (Fire of Mercy, Heart of the Word II, 198)

This is why my recent neglect of Lectio Divina is so tragic and needs to be rectified asap...I have no excuse. Lectio should be at the top of my priority list, and should be a given every day, as much as morning Mass is, more than the daily recitation of the Rosary. Yet I have not made ample space or time in my life to be faithful to this most vital source of grace in my prayer life...
Lord have mercy! From now on, with the help of  Your grace, I want to set aside at least half an hour. Yes, half an hour. I cannot promise--you know how easily I break my promises, but I want to do this. But above all, in succeeding or failing, I want to praise You forever! No ifs, ands, or buts. Love knows no conditions or bounds. You have given me all, all that I am belongs to You, Lord. And I ramble...My words are nothing. Your words are spirit and life, You have the words of everlasting life. Help me, I beg You, to come to know You and appreciate Your ineffable love as it is revealed in Holy Scripture. You who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever, Amen.

Today will be given over to reviewing Ephesisans 1:1-14...If I can recite it slowly from memory at least 5 times without any mistakes, I will move on to Ephesians 1:15. If not, I will take my failure as a sign that I need to keep working on 1-14 some more...I am not in a hurry: the key is spend a regular + significant amount of time each day mumbling, repeating, ruminating the Word...seeking God's Face, God's Heart, hidden in the text out of love for me. 

Blessed be God forever, for ages unending, amen!

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