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Sent:                               Saturday, February 20, 2021 7:00 AM

To:                                   Karen Benson

Subject:                          Day 4: February 20, 2021

 

Feb. 20th  Link to Daily Readings ; Is 58:9b-14 Ps 86:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 Ez 33:11 Lk 5:27-32 Resource Links: Introduction to 40 Day Contemplative Lenten Challenge Fasting and Prayer Contemplative and Silent Prayer The Teresian Method...

 

 

 

 

 

Feb. 20th 

 

 

Link to Daily Readings;

Is 58:9b-14

Ps 86:1-2, 3-4, 5-6

Ez 33:11

Lk 5:27-32

 

Resource Links:

 

PRESENCE OF GOD – O Lord I come to you with a keen desire to learn how to respond to your invitation. 

     

MEDITATION 

He said to him, “Follow me.” (Lk 5:27) 

 

The only great tragedy in life, is not to become a saint. (Leon Bloy) 

 

How tough and dangerous it is to follow those two simple words; “Follow me.”  Especially in the world we live in today when there are more martyrs than any other time in church history.   

Listen to these words of Shahbaz Bhatti, a Pakistani Catholic politician.  “I have been asked to put an end to my battle, but I have always refused, even at the risk of my own life.  I do not want popularity.  I do not want positions of power.  I only want a place at the feet of Jesus.  I want my life, my character, my actions to speak of me and say that I am following Jesus Christ.  This desire is so strong in me that I consider myself privileged whenever- in my combative effort to help the needy, the poor, the persecuted Christians of Pakistan-Jesus should wish to accept the sacrifice of my life.  I want to live for Christ, and it is for Him that I want to die.”  Shortly after this interview he was assassinated by Taliban gunmen in 2011 outside his mother’s home.   

This is the dedication that Jesus desires of us.  Not that he wants us to be martyrs, but that we can say as Mr. Bhatti did; I want my life, my character, my actions to speak of me and say that I am following Jesus Christ.  It certainly is not easy.  When I look back at times when I have not spoken out about an injustice, when I have not witnessed to the Kingdom of God, when I have felt threatened, not by death but by words, I am put to shame by the Shahbaz Bhattis of this world. 

Spend some time, today, with those two words.  “Follow me”. Think about what it would mean to give your entire life; your thoughts, feeling, ambitions, relationships, everything over to Him.  Think about those areas that you are reluctant to give up, that you desire to have control.  Pray for the strength and courage to give those things up to Christ as well. 

The greatest tragedy in indeed not to become a saint.  To start that journey we must first respond to that invitation; Follow me. 

 

COLLOQUY

“Infuse in me, O Jesus, new strength to take up more eagerly the course which will lead me to sainthood.  And since nature opposes what is good, I promise to declare a merciless war against myself.  My weapons for the battle will be prayer, the practice of the presence of God, and silence, But, O my Love, I will arm myself with sovereign confidence in You, with patience, humility, conformity to Your divine will, and supreme diligence.  But where shall I find the aid, I need to fight against so many enemies in such a continual battle?  You, my God, proclaim Yourself my Captain, and raising the standard of Your Cross, You lovingly say ‘Come, follow me, do not fear.”  (St. Teresa Margaret of the Heart of Jesus.)  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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