Sunday, January 24, 2016

Seeing a familiar Scripture like it's New

Does this every happen to you?

You're reading your office--morning prayer, evening prayer, whatever. Suddenly something you've read a hundred times before leaps out at you. Knocks you over. Pierces your heart.

Why did I never notice this one before, you ask yourself?  

That happened to me tonight at evening prayer--which I was reading in a rather distracted way since the TV was on across the room and Downton Abbey was intruding itself into my mind. But then there was that little reading from 1 Peter:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope throught the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you who by the power of God are safeguarded through faith to a salvation  that is ready  to be revealed  in the final time. 

Talk about good news!

I think maybe this means I can stop worrying about the outcome of the Republican presidential  primary race...

How about you? Has anything really wonderful jumped out at you from the pages of your breviary in  the last day or so?


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  2. This happens to me all the time. I keep a set of Post-It tabs on hand to mark those verses, then I like to reflect on them and journal later. Saturday's MP reading from (I believe) Romans was one of these, especially since someone from our marriage group had chosen this as a reflection just the night before.

  3. A wonderful reminder to slow down when praying the Liturgy of the Hours!

  4. These verses bear constant refletion

    Taken from the DO/OR 2nd Reading 07.08.014 Baldwin of Canterbury: treatise 10 - Love is as strong as death

    "That is why he says: Set me as a seal upon your heart. It is as if he were saying: “Love me as I love you. Keep me in your mind and memory, in your desires and yearnings, in your groans and sobs. Remember, man, the kind of being I made you; how far I set you above other creatures; the dignity I conferred upon you; the glory and honor with which I crowned you; how I made you only a little less than the angels and set all things under your feet. Remember not only how much I have done for you but all the hardship and shame I have suffered for you. Yet look and see: Do you not wrong me? Do you not fail to love me? Who loves you as I do? Who created and redeemed you but I?”

    Lord, take away my heart of stone, a heart so bitter and uncircumcised, and give me a new heart, a heart of flesh, a pure heart. You cleanse the heart and love the clean heart. Take possession of my heart and dwell in it, contain it and fill it, you who are higher than the heights of my spirit and closer to me than my innermost self! You are the pattern of all beauty and the seal of all holiness. Set the seal of your likeness upon my heart! In your mercy set your seal upon my heart, God of my heart and the God who is my portion forever! Amen."

    1. Yes, that's a good one. Especially that second paragraph.