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PROMISE TO FULFILLMENT (3) – Journey through Lent 2015

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……….

Now I invite you to consecrate this day and all that come with this day….in your own way, in humble, simple, may be even inadequate words………..

I pray for you and I pray for all, who, at this moment, are receiving the gift of this new day! May this day be a day of blessing and grace for you and for all!

Take a moment. Bless your morning. Let your morning Bless you……

Take another moment…. Bless your world…… Let your world bless you……

Prayerfully, gently, slowly read…..take time…go slow!

We now continue our journey through Lent……from promise to fulfillment!

The third Sunday of Lent invites us to consider God’s commands and mediate on them. The demands of God’s law were spelled out into Ten Commandments for the Israelites then and for us now. Many consider these as ten suggestions while others consider them as moral absolutes. There are still others who consider them as of no particular value in modern society.

It is up to us now to mediate on them as God’s word of wisdom. We are invited to see the Ten Commandments as God’s gifts and his loving and gracious guidance for our life, which came from His heart. They teach us how to live with deep reverence for self, for others, for the world and above all for God.

They are divine guidance, gifts of God’s wisdom, for us. Let us allow these words to sink into our hearts and allow them to transform our life.

Listen to the Ten Commandments again (Exodus 20:1-17). Allow them to enter your hearts. Contemplate the gift of God’s wisdom in these commands.

I, the Lord, am your God who brought you out of…..what did he bring YOU out of?

You shall not have other gods…nor shall you carve images and worship them….have other gods or images been creeping into YOUR life?

You shall not abuse the name of God…..reflect on the sacredness of name!

Keep Holy the Sabbath of the Lord! How have YOU been celebrating the Sabbath?

Honor your father, mother, brother, sister, neighbor…be deeply respectful! Meditate on honor and respect and other virtues that the commandments call us to develop.

Honor and respect all of God’s creation! Meditate on respect for creation!ow have you been ceklbrating the Sabbath?

The commandments are all about respect and honor. Take a few moments to reflect on the call to be deeply respectful of all of God’s creation.

The Psalmist sings the praises of God’s law. He says, “The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul; the decree of the Lord is trustworthy, giving wisdom to the simple!” (Psalm19).

The psalmist gazes at the heavens and contemplates the mystery of creation. He “hears” the voice of God…the heavens declare and the skies proclaim and the earth sings! No speech or word, but the whole marvel of creation speaks, proclaims “glory” of God!

Behind every created reality is God’s word…no word or speech, creation proclaims! The whole creation, even without a word, SPELLS the divine word!

Take a few moments and join the psalmist in meditating on Gods’ law. Join the whole creation…with word and without word, with speech and without speech, proclaim God’s GLORY and sing his praises!

God has revealed himself through the marvel of creation. Our poet joined creation in singing the glory of God (Psalm 19). Now he moves on to meditating and singing the word that came from the mouth of God, from the very heart of God, the word of Torah, the law of the Lord that keeps all creation in good order. Because, Torah, the Law of God is perfect for man. It revives his soul, refreshes his being and redeems his world.

Our poet concludes his poem with a profound prayer: “May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer (Psalm 19).

May the words of my mouth ……Every day that we wake up is a good day. Every breath that we take is filled with hope for a better day. Every word that we speak is a chance to change what is bad into something good.

Let us begin this day with a firm resolve to speak affirming, caring, comforting, encouraging, life-giving, challenging and supportive words. May all our words bless and grace the world around us.

The Gospel of John presents Jesus as God’s eternal word becoming flesh and dwelling among us (John 1:1-18). This word is the word of God’s love, God’s light, God’s life, God’s truth and this word was and is God…now become flesh in Jesus. Now we are called to open our hearts and minds and let God’s word touch the deepest part of our being and shape and transform our life.

Take a few moments and contemplate this great mystery…God’s Word becoming flesh in Jesus and now in us today!

To the Jew the word was more than a mere sound – it had an independent existence and it actually did things – it was alive, it was a unit of energy. So the Hebrew had fewer words than the Greeks – Hebrew speech had fewer than 10,000 words while the Greek had 200,000 words.

The word had a power-filled, independent existence. The word of God created. Even the word of man had power. Remember Jacob’s word of blessing – it could not be taken back, it had gone out and begun to act and nothing could stop it (Gen. 27).

The Jews believed that the spoken word was alive! So the word could create and give life, but it could also destroy and bring death. We know this to be true. Think of what our word is able to do. One word can bring comfort and another can bring pain; one word can lift up a person and another can put him down; One word can create and another can destroy………

Therefore, make sincere efforts to speak words….

  • that communicate encouraging, inspiring, healing, helping and supportive messages;
  • that have the power to forge new relationships, deepen old ones and heal broken ones;
  • that have power to liberate us from feelings of anger, bitterness and resentments;
  • that reveal appreciation, confidence, respect, commitment, friendship, love…….

The Psalmist says “Your word, O Lord, is a lamp to my feet, a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105)…not a flood light that lights up the whole area…not a flash light that lights up what is ahead…but a LAMP TO MY FEET, every step of the way…

May His word light up your path….every step of the way!

Take a moment to pray with our Psalmist: “May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19). And make this your prayer through the day.

Fr. Gus Tharappel, msfs