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March1st Monday of the Second Week of Lent Link to Daily Readings ;  Dn: 9:4b-10 Ps 79:8, 9, 11 and 13 Jn 6:63c, 68c Lk 6:36-38 Resource Links:  Introduction to 40 Day Contemplative Lenten Challenge   Fasting and Prayer...

 

 

 

 

 

 

March1st

Monday of the Second Week of Lent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Link to Daily Readings

Dn: 9:4b-10

Ps 79:8, 9, 11 and 13

Jn 6:63c, 68c

 

PRESENCE OF GOD – Lord Jesus may your infinite mercy penetrate my heart, that I may learn to always be merciful as our Father in heaven is always merciful.

 

MEDITAT...N – God, you will treat us with the same mercy that we have shown our neighbor.

 

If you’re like me, that last sentence made you pause. I count on God’s infinite Mercy. I know I’m a sinner and I count on being forgiven. But paraphrasing back to God what Jesus taught scares me a good bit. 

 

Throughout the Gospel we notice how the words of Jesus are usually mild and loving, even when He’s addressing the worst of sinners. But His language becomes harsh and very matter-of-fact when He speaks of those who don’t show mercy and charity and He’s very clear on the ensuing ramifications.

 

In the three verses we read from Luke today it is crystal clear that we will be treated as we treat others? Of course this applies to judgement day, but doesn’t it also check with our everyday experience? When we go about in a bad mood doesn’t the world reflect that attitude right back at us?  And when we are on cloud nine, in such a good mood sunshine seems to radiate from our pores, doesn’t that likewise bring a smile to the faces of those around us and seem to get returned to us in kind?  

 

Philosophers claim, “We create the world we live in”. Of course, God creates the world we live in, but Jesus tells us we play a key role in how our world turns out? Indeed, we reap what we sow (Ga 6:7). God is merciful; infinitely so. However, if we ourselves are not merciful, we should brace for rough waters.

 

SUGGESTED SILENT PRAYER PRACTICE and COLLOQUY

Yesterday, we made a concession to our contemplative practice by repeating a vocal prayer as a kind of crutch to help recollect and still our mind. Using verbal prayer in that manner, if done consistently over time, will build internal Stillness. On days when our mind is still, we may be able to enter directly into contemplative prayer, what St. Theresa of Jesus (better know as St Theresa of Avila) calls the “prayer of quiet” or better yet, the “prayer of union.” As stillness builds over time you can phase out the repetitive verbal prayer. Please always remember communing with God is not something “you” can do. It is a gift provided by the grace of God; but nevertheless St. Teresa ensures us there is a lot we can do to put ourselves in a position to receive that grace and that’s what our silent prayer practice is all about.

 

So with your sights set on putting yourself in a place to receive God’s grace you may want to pray in a manner similar to yesterday. For today’s short prayer you could use “Lord, have mercy; Christ have mercy.” Maybe saying “Lord have” on the in breath, and “mercy” on the out breath. Then inhale “Christ have” and exhale “mercy”. Alternating between “Lord have mercy” and “Christ have mercy” with each full cycle of breath. Remember to pay complete attention to the words as they form in your mind and the bodily sensations resulting from breathing.

 

Like yesterday, find a quiet place, sit comfortably, set your timer and close your eyes. Ask Jesus for help and let Him know you can’t do this alone. Look around inside and observe any sensations. Let the mind still. Then, when you’re ready add in the prayer. Say the prayer silently to yourself so it coincides with the rhythm of your breath. Keep all the attention you can muster on every facet of the prayer as it forms in your mind and the bodily sensations that arise from breathing. Every time your mind wanders ask Christ’s help to stay in His presence and then return the prayer practice. After the timer goes off, thank Jesus and ask that He allow you to continue to feel His presence as you go through your day. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sent by Deacon Joe Mills

 

 

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