For the past several years, I have been offering an occasional series in the parish called the 30-Minute School of Prayer. This is the third post in the series. I will reflect on occasion about one particular aspect of prayer. There is no one place to begin nor is there a particular sequence of reflections that must be read in order. I simply invite you to rest in God as you have come to experience God. I invite you to reflect on practical matters and issues or ideas from the gospels. Take time to reflect on the text here then be still, calm your life and be quiet for 20- 30 minutes. So we begin.
“Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.” Mark 12
In these past weeks, the gospels proclaimed on Sundays teach us to orient our hearts to the Kingdom of God. As we reach the end of our liturgical year in a couple of weeks, the emphasis grows deeper from the message of the sacred texts that we are to place every aspect of our lives into the power of God’s grace and the glory of God’s Kingdom. The end of the liturgical year is a metaphor for the end of our lives and the end of time. In the present, we are to focus on the love God has for us in this day and age. We are to live with our feet planted firmly on the earth and at the same time our hearts become ablaze with love that God has for each of us in the Kingdom of Heaven.
The sacred image of the poor widow reveals to us that we all contribute to the work of the Kingdom on earth by giving our very lives to God. We are all poor on this side of the grave. We are all in need of God’s love and mercy in the mix of our lives and relationships. We are not in control of our possessions, our relationships, or even our futures. We come more deeply united in God’s fidelity through our prayer and silence. We long to discover God’s grace and our lives as pure gift. We offer back to God our entire beings, our hearts, our attitudes and everything we think we possess.
So once again I call you into reflection and silence as we learn to listen to the Holy Spirit and learn to release ourselves from the clutches of all we cling to, of all that possesses our hearts that is not God.
Jesus, I offer you my entire life to the best of my ability, so please accept…
Jesus, you are asking me to let go of…
Jesus, you are asking me to embrace…
So now I invite you into silence. Offer to God what you have, even if all you have is hopelessness.
Let us begin.