Oratio from lectio divina of Gospel for 14thSunOrdT-A

This Sunday’s Gospel reading is from Matthew 11:25-30:

Here is the fruit of my lectio/meditatio/contemplatio on this portion of Sacred Scripture:

Jesus, my heart swells with joy – and is greatly encouraged – to hear you publicly, exuberantly thanking our Father.  When I hear you proclaim our Father as “Lord of heaven and earth,” it greatly confirms my faith in Your divinity, for the Son of the “Lord” is Himself surely divine.  I am delighted to see that You were consoled in heart and mind that the will of the Father allowed only those of true grace-inspired littleness to perceive the sublime mystery of Your identity as Son and Your perfect communion with the Father.  Our Father wants to be known and loved, so He sent His perfect image, a perfect representation of Himself.  Help me, Jesus, to shed my pride and arrogance, that my heart may increase in simplicity, and my trust in You may never wane.

Jesus, the yoke of Your teaching and the way of life to which you call me is made so much lighter when I imitate Your meekness and humility.  Enable me to use the strength You have given me in a discerning, controlled manner, following Your example.  May I always be aware of my absolute dependence upon You, especially upon Your mercy.  I will indeed come to You frequently, Jesus, in the sacraments, in Your written word, in prayer, that Your yoke of discipleship may surely be lightened, joy-filled and attractive to others.

Oratio from lectio divina of Gospel for 13thSunOrdT-A

This Sunday’s Gospel reading is from Matthew 10:37-42.

Here is the fruit of my lectio/meditatio/contemplatio on this portion of Sacred Scripture:

Holy God, I praise You for Your supreme majesty.  You are deserving of all my love, my first love, my greatest love.  Aware of Your sovereignty and Your constant love for me, I desire to bestow my most intense self-giving love upon You above all – with all my heart, soul, strength and mind.

Jesus, I yearn to be a true, faithful disciple of Yours.  Your demands are severe, but my reward will be unending glory beholding Your Face.  Please fill me with the power of Your Holy Spirit to enable me to seek and embrace the Father’s will each day.  Knowing You are always at my side, give me the grace to persevere through any humiliation, pain or suffering that might accompany it, that my life might indeed be conformed to Yours, following where You have already gone.  With Your grace, sustain my efforts to shed my selfishness and disordered passions.  Enable me to eagerly surrender all aspects of my life for your sake that I may attain the eternal glory of Your resurrection.

Thank You for granting me Your authority to engage in the mission to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom of Heaven.  May the Holy Spirit open the hearts of those with whom I share the Father’s plan, that it may be a blessing for them.  May I hospitably and joyfully welcome into my heart and home those disciples on mission for You who are sacrificing their time and using their gifts to share Your words and Your healing love with me.  Remind me, Jesus, that when I encounter them I also encounter You.

How to reflect on Sacred Scripture

Francis - Palm 2014The Jesuit training of Pope Francis was very evident in his Palm Sunday homily.  The type of reflection on the Gospels proposed by our Holy Father is exactly that which St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order, taught to his followers, and recorded in his Spiritual Exercises.  Both St Ignatius and Pope Francis realize how the Holy Spirit can work powerfully in this type of scriptural reflection to lead us to know, desire and follow Jesus in a more heartfelt way.

st-ignatius

…if the person who is making the Contemplation, takes the true groundwork of the narrative, and, discussing and considering for himself, finds something which makes the events a little clearer or brings them a little more home to him—whether this comes through his own reasoning, or because his intellect is enlightened by the Divine power—he will get more spiritual relish and fruit, than if he who is giving the Exercises had much explained and amplified the meaning of the events. For it is not knowing much, but realizing and relishing things interiorly, that contents and satisfies the soul.  (Second Annotation)

If you’re unfamiliar with the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius, this talk presents a nice overview in the first 45-minutes.