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Feb. 25th  Thursday of the First Week of Lent  Link to Daily Readings ; Est C:12, 14-16, 23-25,  Ps 138:1-2ab, 2cde-3, 7c-8,  Ps 51:12a, 14a,  Mt 7:7-12 Resource Links: Introduction to 40 Day Contemplative Lenten Challenge...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feb. 25th 

Thursday of the First Week of Lent 

 

Link to Daily Readings;

Est C:12, 14-16, 23-25, 

Ps 138:1-2ab, 2cde-3, 7c-8, 

Ps 51:12a, 14a, 

Mt 7:7-12

Resource Links:

 

PRESENCE OF GOD – Prepare in me a clean heart oh God, that I might be able to pray as I should. 

     

MEDITATION 

Now help me, who am alone and have no one but you, O LORD, my God. (Est C:25) 

 

How much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him. (Mt 7:11) 

 

The spiritual life is not so much our search for God as it is allowing ourselves to be found by God.  The Book of Wisdom tells us; “The wisdom of God hastens to make herself known in anticipation of our desire.” (Wis 6:13) Before we even know we want Divine Wisdom; she wants us more.  God so much wants to be the center of our lives and to give us all good things.   Yet we spend much of our lives in distractions, separated from Him. 

 

Lent is a time the church gives us to focus more on our spiritual life.  It is a time to rid ourselves of distractions; to focus on God.  Look at the lengths that Queen Ester had to go to; stripping herself of her fine clothes, fasting for three days.  Not just her, but all of her servants and the rest of the Jews as well.  Preparing herself for her mission.  And once she was free from all of those distractions, she could say Now help me, who am alone and have no one but you, O LORD, my God.  St. Nikodimos, one of the desert fathers said that “the work of prayer is greater than other work, so it demands greater effort and attention from the person ardently devoted to it.”  Yet the effort isn’t a frenzied quest by ourselves in trying to be perfect or in asking for things that we really don’t need, but simply just clearing our minds and hearts from all those things that keep us from hearing the gentle knock of Jesus at the door.  And that is what takes the work. 

 

God calls to us from silence, and it is in silence that we will hear Him.  The work demanded takes patience and persistence. This is why it is important to begin our prayer in silence, standing in the presence of God.   The attitude is one of ‘Ad oratio’ (Adoration); standing mouth to mouth with God,as it were, ordering our life to God.  You see, God doesn’t need our prayer, it doesn’t change who He is, but it does change us.  It aligns our will to His so that we are not praying for the stone we think we need but for the loaf of bread that He want us to receive.   Even before meditating on the scripture passage for the day, try to spend a little time in that sacred silence; that Presence of God and just open the door for Him. 

 

COLLOQUY 

Lord, Jesus, I believe you are looking for me, so come into my heart. There teach me the secret of interior silence so that I might hear your voice which speaks to me out of that silence.   Thank you for the many gifts you have so generously given to me; my heart, my soul, my intellect, my very self.  I give them all back to you.   Help me to use them as you would have me do.  Let me be your hands, your eyes, your feet in this world so that I can bring others to you. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sent by Deacon Joe Mills

 

 

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