Lenten reflections 2018 - 01 - Tuesday - First week of Lent

 

 Tuesday - First week of Lent

 

(Isaiah 55 10-11;Matthew 6: 7-15)

`Lord, teach us how to pray'

A bumper sticker: 'Prayer - Don't give God instructions: Just report for duty' is quite apt for today's reflection. Prayers are not just words. They are invitations to alter reality radically. God spoke and the world came into being. The Word of God became flesh and dwelled amongst us. And Mary said: 'Yes, be it done unto me according to your Word' and history took on a new face. When we speak words, especially words of God, we set something awesome in motion

When we pray - not mindless recitation of words or self centred focussing - it is the Spirit, who knows the heart of God and our heart too, praying in us. Once our words are spoken with integrity the word of God goes forth and does not return to God void. It does only God's will, achieving the end for which it was sent. It sinks deep into the ground of hearts and into history itself. It will nourish those who eat it and joy in sharing it with others. This is the word of the Law on Sinai,a word which every Jew believes still hangs in the atmosphere of the world, waiting to be heard by those with open hearts.

The vitality and power of a word spoken has far reaching consequences, very much like a stone dropped into water - the circles grow ever outward till it has reached its banks. Prayer does not change God, but it changes the one who offers it. Prayer makes us disappear into God and Lent is a time for serious practise to speak words enfleshed with love and peace; with joy and a sense of wellbeing.

 

Breath Prayer:

 

I breathe in:         ‘I am a beam of Love’   

 

I breathe out:       ‘Connecting with those to whom I send Love’

 

 

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