READINGS for 2009-11-14
FRuITS of CENTERING PRAyER
… when peaceful stillness compassed everything… – Wisdom 18:14
Ten years ago, just months into the practice of centering prayer, I noticed its fruits in my life.
I used to be a person who wanted to be in control of everything.
When things didn’t go as planned, I’d panic. I learned how to let go and welcome unexpected changes.
When people didn’t come up to my expectations, I’d lose my patience. I learned how imperfect I am and so I became more accepting of other people.
When crisis came, I’d be alarmed, unable to bear the heat of the moment. I learned how to look for the lessons that each crisis brings. Far from being perfect, I continue to sit still for some 20 minutes every morning, centering on God and opening myself to His action and presence in my life.
I simply sit still in silence while God does His work. Tess Atienza
Do you submit yourself to God’s action in your life?
Lord, I open myself to Your presence and action in my life.
The author knows that all of Creation is ultimately in obedience to God. We probably will never fully understand what that means as how can inanimate objects be in obedience to anyone or anything? At the same time, we need to recognize that we do not understand fully the character of God and the nature of His relationship with Creation. Let us simply read this text and apply it to our own lives and realize how we must surrender all in obedience to the will of God.
Wisdom 18:14-16; 19: 6-9
14 When peaceful stillness compassed everything and the night in its swift course was half spent, 15 your all-powerful word from heaven’s royal throne bounded, a fierce warrior, into the doomed land, 16 bearing the sharp sword of your inexorable decree. And as he alighted, he filled every place with death; he still reached to heaven, while he stood upon the earth. 19: 6 For all creation, in its several kinds, was being made over anew, serving its natural laws, that your children might be preserved unharmed. 7 The cloud overshadowed their camp; and out of what had before been water, dry land was seen emerging: out of the Red Sea an unimpeded road, and a grassy plain out of the mighty flood. 8 Over this crossed the whole nation sheltered by your hand, after they beheld stupendous wonders. 9 For they ranged about like horses, and bounded about like lambs, praising you, O LORD, their deliverer.
P S A L M
Psalm 105:2-3. 36-37. 42-43
R: Remember the marvels the Lord has done!
2 Sing to him, sing his praise, proclaim all his wondrous deeds. 3 Glory in his holy name; rejoice, O hearts that seek the LORD! (R) 36 Then he struck every first-born throughout their land, the first fruits of all their manhood. 37 And he led them forth laden with silver and gold, with not a weakling among their tribes. (R) 42 For he remembered his holy word to his servant Abraham. 43 And he led forth his people with joy; with shouts of joy, his chosen ones. (R)
G O S P E L
The depth of our faith can be evident in the degree to which we are committed to interceding for particular projects. Perhaps God is silently asking us how much we really want the thing for which we are praying? Too many prayers are offered up to God in a flippant manner or without proper reflection. Jesus also challenges us to consider that for everything we pray for, we should remember that all graces and blessings ought to be used for building up the Kingdom of God.
1 Jesus told his disciples a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary. He said, 2 “There was a judge in a certain town who neither feared God nor respected any human being. 3 And a widow in that town used to come to him and say, ‘Render a just decision for me against my adversary.’ 4 For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought, ‘While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being, 5 because this widow keeps bothering me I shall deliver a just decision for her lest she finally come and strike me.’ ” 6 The Lord said, “Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says. 7 Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer them? 8 I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
think:Too many prayers are offered up to God in a flippant manner or without proper reflection.
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Jeremiah 43-46
nOt eveRything cOmes WithOut effORt
Some of the most basic rules that govern life are also the least welcome. Here is one of them above. Jesus reminds us of this truth when He exhorts us to persevere in all that we set our minds to do, provided of course, that we do not discover in the meantime that what we are doing is the wrong thing. Perseverance is a necessary aspect of success when we consider our achievements in both the world and what we do for heaven. Some of the very Orthodox Jewish groups pride themselves on working for the coming of the Messiah and they talk about it as if they are bringing heaven to earth. They see themselves as having been at this task for the last nearly 4,000 years. Now that is an awfully long time to have persevered at a particular task without having completed it! Yet, they are still being faithful to that call!
I wonder if you and I have what it takes to achieve the goal of holiness because I am sure that it is going to require a lot of perseverance — it is not going to come easily. Jesus ministered on earth for about three years and because of His total commitment to the will of God, was able to complete His mission in that time. He achieved what was necessary to bring about our salvation in a ministry of three years. I wonder what that might say to us about the nature of complete obedience. I wonder if we are prolonging the missions He gives us through our seeming inability to be obedient and our insistence on doing things our own way rather than God’s way?
Whatever the case may be with this example of Jesus’ life, I am sure that the greater our obedience to the will of the Lord, the more likely and more quickly we will achieve our goal in our work for the Kingdom of God. When it comes to the things of the world, I cannot give the same sort of guarantees as I am not even sure if what we are involved in is really what the Lord wants in the first place. Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL
What are the goals of my life? How much of a say have I given God in these goals? Should He be playing a greater role in them than He is?
Jesus, You were obedient to the Father in all things. Help me to follow Your example and let my life be one of glorious obedience to You at all times.
St. Dyfrig, Bishop, pray for us.
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