Tuesday, February 19, 2013 — Week of Lent 1 (Year One)[Go to http://www.missionstclare.com/english/index.html for an online version of the Daily Office including today’s scripture readings.]
Today’s Readings for the Daily Office
(Book of Common Prayer, p. 952)
Psalms 45 (morning) // 47, 48 (evening)
Today Moses tells the Hebrew people not to be smug when they inherit the promised land. It is not because of their goodness that God has given it to them, but because of the wickedness of its inhabitants. Today Jesus takes the pride of Jewish life, the Temple, and accuses it of becoming a business instead of a house of prayer for all people.
From Thomas Merton:
Lord, I have not lived like a contemplative. The first essential is missing. I only say I trust You. My actions prove that the one I trust is myself — and that I am still afraid of You.
Take my life into Your hands, at last, and do what ever You want with it. I give myself to Your love and mean to keep on giving myself to Your love — rejecting neither the hard things nor the pleasant things You have arranged for me. It is enough for me that You have glory. Everything You have planned is good. It is all love.
The way You have laid open before me is an easy way, compared with the hard way of my own will which leads back to Egypt, and to bricks without straw. If you allow people to praise me, I shall worry even less, but be glad. If You send me work I shall embrace it with joy and it will be rest to me, because it is Your will. And if You send me rest, I will rest in You.
Only save me from myself. Save me from my own, private, poisonous urge to change everything, to act without reason, to move for movement’s sake, to unsettle everything You have ordained. Let me rest in Your will and be silent. Then the light of Your joy will warm my life. Its fire will burn in my heart and shine for your glory. This is what I live for. Amen, amen.
from A Book of Hours