Lectio Divina Reading
April 21, 2007
I waited patiently for the Beloved, who heard my cry and came to me.
Love raised me from the pits of despair,
Blessed are those who make Love their home,
Sacrifice and offering are not your desire for us;
I tell the glad news of
Purification of Love
Lovingly accept all… God sends us…Jean-Pierre de Causade
Let us supppose…that we, by the grace of God, have had our faith purified and have experienced our hope and trust ripening into love. We know we love God and are seeking not so much his favors, but himself. Would you think that such a strong love still needed purification? Let us look at Mary, the mother of Jesus. One might think that she, at least, was perfect in love and grace from the beginning. But God’s idea of love is different from ours….Jesus says, “Why did you look for me? Didn’t you know ..that I had to be about my father’s business?” Even (Mary) …needed to be reminded by Jesus of the primacy of the Father’s will…When this gospel is proclaimed in the liturgy of the Christmas season, the prayer of the day asks that we be shown, “the good, the acceptable, and the perfect will of God.” This prayer suggests that there are three degrees of submission to the will of God. The good will of God is his will above every other affection. And the perfect will of God is his will above every other love including ourselves.
The Daily Reader for Contemplative Living, pg.115
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