Gospel John 3: 16-18
God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
but might have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through him.
Whoever believes in him will not be condemned,
but whoever does not believe has already been condemned,
because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
1st Lectio point: God's life in my soul
"His only Son." Let us ponder this relationship between the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit-The Blessed Trinity. We are brought into this Divine Relationship of Father, Son and Holy Spirit through our Baptism. What a profound gift, which we will never fully grasp this side of heaven. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit descends into our souls and takes up His dwelling- The Indwelling. In the famous classic by Brother Lawrence - The Practice of the Presence of God his simplicity speaks eloquently: "We must try to converse with God in little ways, while we do our work; not memorized prayer, not trying to recite previously formed thoughts. Rather we should purely and simply reveal our hearts as the words come to us. That means finding constant pleasure in His Divine Company speaking humbly and lovingly with Him, not limiting the conversation with Him in any way." When we turn to Jesus in our hearts, and speak with him in this simple and loving way, we find heaven dwells in our soul, God is here, and where God is, there is love and peace and joy. I cannot help but think of Mother (St. Teresa of Calcutta) passing us (sisters) in the hallways in the convent, gently bowing her head towards us when she passed us. When I was young, I wanted so much to know why Mother did that gesture; was it an "Indian custom" or was there more? Mother's words were; "I bow to Jesus in you." That recognition of the other, made in the Divine image and likeness. Do I greet others wherever I go, with a loving smile. Do I take the time, to smile and greet the other, taking the time to look them in the eye when I stop to talk? Everyone is busy, will I be the one to slow down to love? Mother would say: "People are starving for love, because everyone is in such a great rush." If we are too busy to love, we are too busy!
"Jesus in my heart, I believe in your tender love for me, I love you Jesus" (Mother Teresa)
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. The Invocation of the Blessed Trinity in whose Name we are Baptized into the family of God. The power of this Invocation of the Blessed Trinity. As Disciples, do we 'fly swat' or truly make the sign of the cross, realizing that I am invoking the Blessed Trinity every single time, I make the sign of the cross and this sign of the cross, is over m my heart. Make the sign of the cross over yourself, when you begin the day, to make the sign of the cross when you get into the car or when you are having a trying moment in the day., or when you leave your home to go to work. Invoke the Blessed Trinity when you have fears or temptations rising in your mind and heart, when you have crushing or suffocating anxities. Make the sign of the cross, when the physical pain you are suffering is beyond words. There is tremendous power in the Sign of the Cross, the sign of our Salvation, the invocation of the Triune God, whom we belong to! He dwells in your soul, He is there.
Make the sign of the cross over your children before you go to bed, and on the forhead of your spouse before you retire at night. Its a beautiful prayer as it immediately draws us into the deepest reality, that I am a temple of God, He dwells in me, He died for me, He loves me, I am HIS! And the other is His too, precious to Him.
3rd Lectio Point: Tent
This past week we had our Summer Staff 5 day Silent retreat, it was awesome! They each got a tent from Father, with a light in it and everyone pitched their tents and spent 5 days in Silence with Jesus. One of the sisters shared a beautiful reflection with the staff in morning prayer, on how a tent is in the image of the Trinity, in a triangle form. What a beautiful point to chew upon, that I dwell in God, He is my Living 'tent' I live in Him and He lives in me.
The prayer to the Trinity
"O my God, Trinity whom I adore, help me to become utterly forgetful of myself so that I may establish myself in you, as changeless and calm as though my soul were already in eternity. Let nothing disturb my peace nor draw me forth f from you, O my unchanging God, but at every moment may I penetrate more deeply into the depths of your mystery. Give peace to my soul; make it your heaven, your cherished dwelling-place and the place of your repose. Let me never leave you there alone, but keep me there, wholly attentive, wholly alert in my faith, wholly adoring and fully given up to your creative action. " (excerpt from St. Elizabeth of the Trinity OCD)