The Battle from Within
Jesus standing as priest, prophet, and king, is the sole figure in this painting. Still the focus of attention lies outside the picture. Behind the door stands every man or woman as a hidden presence. What might this individual feel, think, desire, fear as he or she decides on a response. What to do, if anything?
What we say to ourselves is far more important than what we say to others. Thus begins the inner combat with sparring. Quid volo? What do I desire? What do I really desire? What are my options? Ignore the knock? Call out: Go away? Not now, later? If I open the door, what will I be getting myself into?
Discipleship? How much will discipleship cost me? Peter too asked this question. The Lord’s reply? ‘Lose your life, and you will find it.’
These nagging thoughts provoke other thoughts by day, by night.
Without reservation, I will choose to follow the Lord as his companion and ardent disciple. Taking a deep breath, I unlock the door, turn the knob and open. My vision is transfixed with sheer wonder. I see before me the glorious Lord of the universe. In fact, I am standing in the presence of all the saints, headed by Mary and Joseph, all my loved ones, all my role models who are prompting me to join their company. And how many are there who, one century after another, have brought a little light and joy to others through their talents?
My Prayer . . .
In the presence of this esteemed company, I recall what I have received. I thank God for having created me … for having redeemed me … for so many personal gifts! For all that I have been given, what ought I return to God? In the spirit of overflowing gratitude and love, I pray:
TAKE, LORD, into your possession,
my complete freedom of action,
my memory, my understanding and my entire will,
all that I have, all that I own: it is your gift to me.
I now return it to you.
It is all yours to be used simply as you wish.
Give me your love and your grace.
It is all I need.
God Living in All Things
I see God’s imprint everywhere: in matter, giving it existence; in plants, giving them life; in animals, giving them consciousness; in men and women, giving them intelligence.
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God lives in me, giving me existence, life, consciousness, intelligence. More, He makes me his temple, since I have been created wearing the divine image and likeness.
Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord. Bless the Lord, my soul; never forget all that he has done for you.
God at Work in All Things
Nothing happens by chance. I think of God energizing all things, as though he were at work in every created reality, in the sky, in matter, plants and fruits, animals, and in me. By acting in every event, God’s inscrutable will is in play. He heals me, and through each event, challenges me to grow. All creation is in the hands of Providence.
As a disciple, I am called on to cooperate with the divine plan in building a compassionate world according to my gifts and limitations.
All Good Gifts from Above