BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD.
Be in your prayer space, follow the usual steps and settle into silence.
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……
Breathe in all that is of God and from God…all that is true, honest, pure, admirable, noble, decent, virtuous, worthy of praise, good, loving, kind – all that deserves respect..
Settle into silence, into peacefulness, into profound silence, into pure joy. Keep listening in quietness, stillness and serenity. Come to that place, that space within, that place of deep silence – Solitude…to just being here and now, without having to accomplish something.
Now I invite you to consecrate your time and all that come with this moment….in your own way, in humble, simple, may be even inadequate words………..
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….every moment of the day brings new opportunities and possibilities.
May this moment and all other coming moments open new doors for you and may God bless you with wisdom and courage to walk in faith, as you continue your journey of life!
This meditation is on seeking the Wisdom of God. Wisdom can be found only deep inside of ourselves, in the very depth of our being. To find it, we must first liberate ourselves from monsters such as greed, envy, jealousy, pride, arrogance and similar vices. We are gifted with Wisdom, but it will cost us to become awakened to this gift of God. It must be searched and mined and refined and purified. Just one “simple” problem: we are, both miners and minefield; purifiers and that which need to be purified. Greed, envy jealousy and other self-serving behaviors must go – we must “disarm” them.
Jesus compared the Kingdom of God to a treasure buried in a field. A man found it, hid it, rejoiced in his find and sold all he had and bought that field (Mathew 13:44-46). He did not just pick up the pearl…he bought the whole field. All that surrounds the kingdom gains a new meaning because the treasure of the kingdom has been found. This treasure is worth sacrificing everything that we have.
The kingdom is buried deep within, here and now…..and not something yet to happen. The kingdom is found within the context our daily life and responsibilities and not in some extraordinary, earth-shattering event.
Jesus compared the Kingdom of God to a pearl of great value for which a merchant would sell all he owns. A pearl was the most beautiful thing that the listeners of Jesus could imagine. The kingdom is presented as the most beautiful thing that one can dream of and contemplate and it is worth all the sacrifice that one may have to make.
God appeared to Solomon in a dream and said, “Ask something of me and I will give it to you.” Solomon prayed for wisdom…an understanding heart and the gift to know right from wrong. Because he did not ask anything for himself, for his personal gain, for wealth or for long life, God promised him, “a heart so wise and understanding that there has never been anyone like you…and riches and glory…” (1 Kings 3:4-13)
The Latin word sapientia comes from the word sapere, meaning “to savor,” “to taste.” Through the gift of wisdom the Holy Spirit enables us to taste and see how good the Lord is, to have a taste for the things of God, to sense the divine in all things. Sapientia is the creative, unifying and governing spirit of God.
Wisdom is also used to speak of God himself, the eternal Wisdom, and more specifically of the second Person of the Blessed Trinity, the Son of God, who as the Word is the total and adequate expression of the wisdom of God and who in his incarnation brought that wisdom to dwell among us. Jesus, “the wisdom of God” (Lk. 11:49; 1 Cor.1:24), “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col. 2:3), came as the authoritative teacher of wisdom. As St. Paul says, “We have a wisdom …. God has revealed this to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit scrutinizes everything, even the depths of God” (1 Cor. 2:5-10).
According to St. Augustine wisdom is the knowledge of divine things. In Catholic theology wisdom is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The human person is raised up by baptism of water or desire to become a partaker of the divine nature and life. In order to function at this higher level of being, God endows the baptized with a new set of faculties called “the gifts of the Holy Spirit” – “gifts” because they are freely given to all at baptism; “of the Holy Spirit” because it is through them that the Holy Spirit, who is given to us at baptism to be our spirit, is able to act in our lives.
The goal of Christian life is to seek, search, think, understand and act according to who we truly are as men and women who have been baptized into Christ. “Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus” (Phil 2:5). This is true wisdom.
We are seekers. Most of the time, we seek without really knowing what is moving within us and what moves us from inside of us. We seek wisdom, truth, justice, peace, love, the meaning of our life, acceptance, understanding….and more……..And we may not even be conscious of our seeking….but we do seek!
There is great wisdom in this seeking…the wise ones always keep seeking. It is unwise and foolish to stop seeking. To be seeking means that we accept what we have known as good and true, but imperfect and incomplete and unfulfilled.
To be seeking means that we accept that truth and goodness and love and wisdom and all that is from God and of God are beyond us and yet within us….it is the mystery that is beyond and yet within…it is “the beyond that is within”.
To be seeking is to remain open to the unfolding of this mystery…to be open to God’s self-revelation as we encounter people and situations and many events in the universe….
To be seeking is to keep looking beyond…..beyond the immediate and the urgent, beyond what we see and hear and touch and feel……beyond our limited experiences!
The mystery, the amazing Grace is that while we keep seeking, there is also ONE who keeps seeking us out…..calling us…..moving us…inspiring us….. greatly desiring that we find our home within….. that we find our life in this mystery, the deepest, innermost part, the core of our being, our God!
Deep, down there……there is a presence, a presence of Grace, peace, love, the wisdom of God….an indwelling of God……..look beyond…don’t ever stop looking…. don’t ever keep seeking….because it is there! The Prophet Jeremiah (Jer. 29:13ff) tells us: When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart, you will find me; I will let you find me!
When we find our true self, we find God and when we find God, we find our true self. (Thomas Merton in New Seeds of Contemplation)
The heart is a small vessel,
but all things are contained in it;
God is there, the angels are there,
and there is also life and the Kingdom,
the heavenly cities and the treasures of Grace. (St. Makarios)
Once in a great while we come to this place within us, to this sacred space within…….this is the goal of our seeking……this is where we are going……..we are going home! It is our safe place…..our sanctuary……our dwelling place, our home where we can be ourselves, where we know we are accepted for what we are. This is true wisdom!
The Lord gave you two ends: One for sitting and the other for thinking. Your success depends on which you use. Heads you win – Tails you lose. This is true wisdom. Living wisely means choosing wisely.
Fr. Gus Tharappel,msfs