Have you ever read a book that you couldn't put down? You read and read and become so engaged it feels like you're really present within the story. I'm a big reader. I can lay down for two hours and finish a 400 page novel because I'm so engaged. Novels like Harry Potter, Twilight, the Vampire Academy series are some of my favourites among many. Words on a page, in a story, help us to find a place beyond ourselves, a world of imagination and freedom.
When it comes to the true Word, the Word of God, found in Scripture, do we have this same experience? One of my professors said today that through language, the 'vision' or part of the 'vision' for what we want to say can be lost. We cannot truly grasp every detail in Scripture for what it was at the time, just as I'm sure you would find it difficult to explain the core importance of your faith in just a sentence. We tend to read Scripture as more of a story than inspiration from history. It's time to start connecting the Word of God with our own lives and allow it to change us for the better!
Today is the day for remembering St Francis de Sales. He is the patron Saint of Catholic Writers, and was known forgiving Spiritual direction on meditation and praying closely with God, becoming inspired through the Word of God. St Francis de Sales said: "By turning your eyes on God in meditation, your whole soul will be filled with God. Begin all your prayers in the presence of God." We should involve God in every area of our lives, every decision (especially the big ones), and meditate in quiet reflection so that we can truly be listening for God to speak to us. A good way to do this is through praying with scripture and daily readings of the Bible. One of the first areas we can connect with God is through the Word, Scripture created from divine inspiration (from God).
Today's Psalm s from Psalm 40:"1I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. 3He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD. 6Sacrifice and offering thou dost not desire; but thou hast given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering thou hast not required. 7Then I said, "Lo, I come; in the roll of the book it is written of me;9I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; lo, I have not restrained my lips, as thou knowest, O LORD. 10I have not hid thy saving help within my heart, I have spoken of thy faithfulness and thy salvation; I have not concealed thy steadfast love and thy faithfulness from the great congregation". God tells us we need to be patient, wait for Him, while also seek Him. We can do both through reading the Divine Word, and praying about what God is trying to tell us. If you have never done Lexio Divina, this is a perfect chance for you to start. Become excited and involved in the goodness of faith through Scripture, and personal prayer with God!
Today's prayer comes from the Lords-prayer-words (A Prayer for Wisdom):
Father, take me to the place
where I am saved from my pride and arrogance
and Christ's humility is centre stage,
where I'm lifting up clean hands
and a pure heart to You.
Take me to the place
where I'm no longer looking at the mountains I face
but looking down upon them,
where I can see clearly and my decisions are flooded
with Your light, truth and justice.
I bend my knee and receive Your truth
I open my ears to receive Your counsel
I open my heart to receive Your eternal wisdom.