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Sent:                               Sunday, March 7, 2021 2:00 AM

To:                                   Karen Benson

Subject:                          Day 19 Sunday March 7th 2021


March 7th The Third Sunday of Lent Link to Daily Readings ; Ex 20:1-17 Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11 1 Cor 1:22-25   Jn 3:16   Jn 2:13-25   Resource Links:  Introduction to 40 Day Contemplative Lenten Challenge   Fasting and Prayer...







March 7th
The Third Sunday of Lent










Link to Daily Readings;
Ex 20:1-17

Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11


PRESENCE OF GOD – Dear God, may I know the wonder and beauty of all your creation; and may I see beyond the names by which I call things to the sacred mystery that runs throughout every aspect of my daily life.


MEDITAT...N – As long as we are of this world, we will only know God as if we were looking through a frosted glass, for our human mind isn’t capable of grasping the greatness and the glory of the one God.


In today’s first reading, the 2nd commandment brought to mind a homily given by Father Rohr. He told the story of a Jewish Rabbi that informed him that most Christians have missed the meaning of “You shall not take the name of the LORD, your God, in vain” (Ex 20:7). He informed Father Rohr it didn’t mean we weren’t to damn people in God’s name, all though he admitted, that wasn’t very nice. Vain he explained is from the Latin, vanus, which means “empty”, and in English originally meant “lacking value or effect, futile”. So to speak something in vain meant to speak it with futility. It was a waste of time. The meaning of the commandment as it was understood in Judaism was don’t even vocalize the name; don’t ever in your lifetime pronounce the sacred name “Yahweh”. This gave the Jews an inherent humility about God. Father Rohr explained that once you think you’ve got God in your pocket, that you understand the great mystery, that God can be labeled like a common noun, religion can become arrogant and idolatrous; where we can love our explanation of God more than actually falling in love with Him. God can never really be objectified with the intellect, but can only be known by those who enter into love and surrender with Him. 


Then the Rabbi explained that when one writes Hebrew they just write the consonants, and to be a learned Jew is to know how to fill in the sounds of the vowels. The consonants used in the spelling of YHWH are the only ones that do not allow you to use your tongue or close your lips, and if YHWH is pronounced correctly its sound mimics that of the breath during inhalation (YH) and exhalation (WH). 


Father Rohr went on to say he now tells this story whenever he can because it can change your life. He said if he were to come back in a year and you were to hold on to this, and to live it, and to practice it, your prayer life would be dramatically changed. He asked that we notice it has nothing to do with thinking. It moves the entire experience to the cellular body at the corporeal breath level. And it means that the first word you ever spoke as you came out of your mother’s womb was the name of God, and the last word you’ll ever speak on this earth, is the name of God. You don’t have to remember to say a prayer before you die; you only have to remember you are in God’s presence and you are indeed always praying.




For today’s silent prayer practice you may want to use Centering Prayer with “YHWH” as your sacred word. Go back to yesterday’s reflection and remind yourself of the four simple steps. But now when thoughts of any kind come, listening for YHWH will serve as your sacred word; you will listen intently to the sound of your inhale, “Yaaaahhh” and that of your exhale, “Weeeehhh”. Continue in this manner until the mind quiets, and then you may want to attempt to rest in stillness at your center. If the chattering mind starts up, go back to listening to your breath. If your mind is so noisy all you do is listen to your breath the whole time, that’s wonderful. When your attention drifts from your breath, as soon as you notice it, ask for God’s help to stay in His presence and return to your breath. Remember to set your timer for at least 20 minutes before you begin and to ask for Christ’s help. Let Jesus know you can’t do this without Him. Ask Him to help you feel the Holy Trinity within and for the courage and strength to pray like this today.









Sent by Deacon Joe Mills












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