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Lenten Meditation

Readings for Personal Reflection

"Let Your God Love You" by Edwina Gateley

Be silent.
Be still. Alone.
Empty Before your God.
Say nothing.
Ask nothing.
Be silent.
Be still.
Let your God look upon you.
That is all.
God knows.
God understands.
God loves you
With an enormous love,
And only wants To look upon you
With that love.
Quiet.
Still.
Be.
Let your God—
Love you.

Scripture for Meditation

Mark 9: 30-37 | Ego Question: Who is the Greatest?

They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, ‘The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.’ But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the way?’ But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, ‘Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.’ Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’

Prayer/Practice

by Joan Borysenko, from Pocketful of Miracles

Begin by taking a few letting-go breaths and then enter the inner sanctuary of stillness. Imagine the light and love of the Divine Beloved pouring over you and washing though you, revealing the purity of your own heart, extending beyond you and merging with the Divine Light. See yourself totally enclosed in the egg of light, then repeat these lovingkindness blessings for yourself:

May I be at peace, may my heart remain open, May I awaken to the light of my own true nature, May I be healed, May I be a source of healing for all beings.

Prayer

J. Phillip Newell from Sounds of the Eternal: A Celtic Psalter.

We seek your presence, O God,
not because we have managed to see clearly
or been true in all things this day,
not because we have succeeded in loving
or in reverencing those around us,
but because we want to see with clarity,
because we long to be true,
because we desire to love as we have been loved.
Renew our inner sight,
make fresh our longings to be true
and grant us the grace of loving this night
that we may end this day as we had hoped to live it,
that we may end this day restored
to our deepest yearning,
that we may end this day as we intend
to live tomorrow, as we intend to live tomorrow.

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