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Subject:                          Day 22 Wednesday March 10th 2021

 

March 10th Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent Link to Daily Readings Dt 4:1, 5-9 Ps 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20 Jn 6:63c, 68c Mt 5:17-19 Resource Links: Introduction to 40 Day Contemplative Lenten Challenge Fasting and Praye r...

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 10th
Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRESENCE OF GOD – Oh Jesus, grant that I may grasp the immensity of your love and feel even a portion of it in my heart, so that I may use it as a touchstone to always remind me of your eternal presence.

MEDITAT...N – Early in Jesus’ ministry he gave the Sermon on the Mount during which he told us, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill” (Mt 5:17). The “law”, which one might say was the Jewish path to God, constituted the application of over 600 commandments of the Torah. Jesus went on to teach a spiritual gospel. He taught we can achieve divine perfection and we can obtain this perfection through a practice of prayer, surrender to God, renunciation of worldliness, contemplation of God, and the purification of our hearts through the love of God. He announced the Good News of salvation and told us of God’s unconditional love for us. He taught us the Kingdom of God was at hand and to see it we must turn inward in prayer and deny ourselves. He introduced us to a very present, loving, forgiving and personable God that resides within us and He told us to call Him “Father” (Aramaic is a language Jesus most certainly spoke and in Aramaic the term for father is Abba, or more affectionately this could be translated as "Papa" or "Daddy"). To put it mildly, this was different from the way most people at the time thought about God and righteousness. 

 

Jesus didn’t abolish the law, but fulfilled it. What does that mean? Did Jesus’ fulfill the law by establishing the Word, by embodying the Word, and accomplishing all that was foretold by the Prophets? Was Christ the culmination of the law (Rm 10:4)? Is following the law sufficient? Further on in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us that unless our righteousness surpasses that of the pharisees and the teachers of the law we will not get into the Kingdom (Mt 5:20). Do we as Christians still have to follow the law? Does Paul tell us that as believers in Christ we are no longer under the law when he says, “We were held in custody under the law, locked up until faith should be revealed. So the law became our guardian to lead us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. Now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian” (Ga 3:23-25)? Are we now under “the law of Christ” (Ga 6:2)? What does this mean to you?

 

SUGGESTED SILENT PRAYER PRACTICE AND COLLOQUY – 

Jesus assures us that if we keep His commandments the Father will send us the Holy Spirit to serve as our helper and remain with us and in us (Jn 14:15). With this in mind, you may want to begin your silent prayers today by thanking Jesus for all He did and by asking Him to help you keep His commandments. Ask Him to be with you and to let you feel His Presence. Tell Him you can’t do this without Him. Ask that the Holy Spirit reside in you and be your constant helper. Ask to intimately know your loving “Papa”.

 

You may want to pray today using what I refer to as the Trinity Prayer, “Father”, “Son” and “Holy Spirit”, pronounced in Jesus’ native language, “Abba”, “Yeshua”, “Ruach”. Pray in the same manner we’ve been using for repetitive verbal prayers. Synchronize the prayer with your breath, repeating it silently to yourself for at least twenty minutes:

Phonetic Spelling

                                                                  In Breath                  Out Breath

                              Abba                              “Ab”                            “Ba”               

                              Yeshua                           “Esh”                           “Wa”

                              Ruach                            “Roo”                           “Ach”

 

As always, when you find your mind wandering, don’t get upset. Simply ask Jesus to forgive you for leaving Him alone. Ask His help in allowing you to let go of worldly things. And ask He provide you the strength to carry on. When the timer goes off, remain in the Stillness for a while, then thank Jesus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sent by Deacon Joe Mills

 

 

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