BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD.
Be in your prayer space, follow the usual steps and settle into silence.
Sit still…..Relax…….Do not rush………
Take a couple of gentle, slow and deep breaths…becoming aware of your breath going in and out… stay focused on this breath of life……
Now from the depth of your heart begin to wish your mind well……….
Take a moment. Bless your day. Let your day Bless you……
Take another moment. Bless your world. Let your world bless you……
All our meditations begin with “Be still and know that I am God”. Our meditation today is on “know that I am God”. To “know” God does not mean that we gather knowledge about God, read, study, research, inquire, philosophize or theologize about God. It does mean an intimate encounter, a meeting of hearts and minds and wills, a growing personal relationship, a life-transforming relationship, an openness to let God in, to making space for God and to enter the very life of God. It is about relationship, about communion, about intimacy.
One of the most important doctrines of the Church is the doctrine of the Most Holy Trinity – God as Father, Son and Spirit in one single, indivisible communion of persons. Many have attempted to explain this dogma in a variety of ways. None of them can adequately explain the meaning and the power this doctrine has over our lives. We need to understand and accept this as “The Mystery” which we can only contemplate, before which we stand in awe and wonder and amazement and adoration and admiration.
God is Mystery and the Mystery of God is known only through God’s self-revelation. Mystery does not mean “mysterious”, something that is abstract, out there somewhere or something that cannot be known or understood. Mystery is profound truth – Reality, not facts, not verifiable information but profound truth, eternal truth. The more we come to know truth, the more there is to know. The more we know mystery, the more there is to know. Mystery is revealed and hidden at the same time.
Mystery has to be experienced – we must plunge into mystery. We must experience the mystery of God, be baptized into the mystery of God, be immersed into the mystery of God’s life and love. To know is to become one with that which is known. The more you know, the more there is to know. God is Mystery – known and hidden……. the more you know God, the more there is to know. To know God is to “abide”, “dwell” in God – to be in communion with God.
No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God dwells in us and His love is brought to perfection in us. The way we know, that we remain in him and he in us, is that he has given us of his spirit. We have seen for ourselves and can testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. When anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in him and he in God. (I John 4:12-15)
Moses wanted to see God, know his name, see his face – he could only walk on Holy ground.
I am who am – the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob – this is my name forever, this is my title for all generations. (Ex.3:14-15). My face you cannot see, for no man sees me and still lives. (Ex. 33:20)
One day, Moses went up the mountain and was in deep conversation with God on Mount Sinai. His people became impatient and made a golden calf and began to worship the image. Moses came down the mountain with God’s directives written on two tablets and found his people impatient and unfaithful. In anger, Moses broke the tablets of the law and destroyed the golden calf. (Exodus 34:4-6, 8-9)
Moses pleaded with God to come down and be with his people and the Lord came down again in a cloud. The Lord asked Moses to cut two stone tablets and go up Mount Sinai alone and Moses followed God’s directive early next morning.
How about going up the mountain with Moses with your own two stone tablets…may be with hands and minds and hearts that are stony, needing to be polished and shaped with the law of the Lord, the word of the Lord, with the will and purpose of the Lord?
How about standing before the Lord, like Moses, with open hands, minds, hearts, desiring God’s law, His Word, His will and purpose for you now?
In the excerpt referenced above, we have the intimate conversation between God and Moses. God declared himself to be “merciful, gracious, slow to anger, rich in kindness and fidelity and so on. Moses bowed down to the ground and worship the Lord, his God and asked the Lord to be with his people in spite of their wickedness.
Moses and his people had life-transforming experience because they had a very personal encounter with God. In this encounter they knew God as merciful, gracious, just, rich in kindness and faithfulness.
Many of the psalms proclaim the amazing, awesome presence of God and the psalmist stands in awe, adoration, admiration and contemplation..…..
O God, our God,
how glorious is your name over all the earth!
Your glory is praised in the heavens. (Psalm 8:1)
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands. (Psalm 19:1)
Clap your hands, all you nations;
shout to God with cries of joy.
How awesome is the LORD Most High,
the great King over all the earth (Psalm 47:1-2)
John 3:16 is one of the most frequently quoted scripture verses, displayed on banners, signs and bumper stickers……”God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life”. This verse is worth memorizing, remembering and contemplating. This is the central message of the Gospel. This is the good news. It tells us that God loved first and salvation comes from him as his gift. It tells us that God loved the world and not a few favorite people or nation, not even a few good people – but the world. God’s love is an all-embracing love.
We are invited to ponder this all-embracing love of God for the world! As Saint Augustine says, “God loves each one of us as if there was only one of us to love.”
God’s love, his abiding presence, his intimacy has the power to change people and things and the universe. It is this intimacy that brings peace, God’s gift of peace.
We long for a sense of oneness, a union and communion with others like us and communion with God. We long for the liberation which Jesus proclaimed, which only he can offer. It is this communion that brings peace.
We are called to become witnesses of the mystery of God’s presence: God’s Light, Truth, Life, Love…in the world – in us the world must see the “sign” of the “presence” of the very “heart” of God – mercy, peace, joy, justice, compassion, love.
Baptized in the name of the Triune God, we are called to be models, witnesses, living examples of intimacy with God, Father, Son and Spirit.
Jesus is our door to intimacy with God, others, the universe and self. In Jesus, we discover three simple and profound avenues to intimacy: Simplicity, Fidelity, Purity. In him, we also discover three outstanding virtues which underlie all other virtues: Humility, Unconditional love, Surrender.
Jesus was God’s “Epiphany”. So intense was his intimacy with the father, He was “illuminated”, transfigured – his face like the sun and his garments became pure white on the mountain.
I am in the Father and the Father is in me. (John 14:8-11)
I will ask the father and he will give you another paraclete, to be with you always. (John. 14:16)
We will come to him and make our dwelling place with him. (John 14:23)
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; Abide in my love. (Jn. 15:9)
The secret of the life of Jesus was his contact with the Father. Again and again, he withdrew to quiet places to be alone with the father. He knew what it meant to “abide” in the Father’s Love. His disciples must do the same. To “abide” is to be in close contact; to be in touch; to be intimate; to live an intense, personal relationship.
The secret of the unity in the Trinity is the “sacredness’ of relationship, the “unconditional” presence; the “abiding”, the “intimacy” that Jesus speaks of.
We are to be models of Trinitarian “faith, hope, love” – living examples of intimacy with God, Father, Son, Spirit which lasts a lifetime, eternity.
Take a moment…pray the following prayer or sing it in your hears, if you know it…..
Keep me in the hollow of thy hand,
Lead me through this wild and stormy land,
Thou doth guide my feet though the pathway may be steep,
Keep me in the hollow of thy hand.
Keep me keep me day by day,
Guide me guide me all the way,
Never, never let me stray,
Keep me in the hollow of thy hand.
Keep me in the center of thy will,
All thy plans for me may-I fulfill,
As I go my way, help me Lord from day to day,
Keep me in the center of thy will. Keep me keep me day by day……..
Keep me in the circle of thy love,
Looking down to comfort from above,
Help me see thy face, as I pray for daily grace,
Keep me in the circle of thy love. Keep me keep me day by day…….
My Prayer for you:
- that you may grow in the knowledge and experience of God
- that you may dwell in the mystery of God – in the very heart of God’s being
- that you may experience the presence of God in all things and people you encounter
- that you may become witnesses to the mystery of God’s loving presence
that you may walk with God faithfully, joyfully and gracefully.
Keep praying……….keep me in the hallow of thy hand, in the center of thy will and in the circle of thy love!
Fr. Gus Tharappel,msfs