THE WRATH OF THE LORD

233rd Meditation

“Even if people encounter my ‘wrath’, I want them to know that I love them and call them to conversion” (Inner Word).

“The Lord disciplines the one He loves” (Heb 12:6). Our Father’s intention is always to call us to conversion. If he allows people to feel the consequences of their actions, that is, to encounter His “wrath”, then this too is done out of love, in order to shake them up and awaken them. Sometimes there seems to be no other alternative to turn a person from their evil ways and turn them back to God. Read More

TO SERVE IN THE ‘KAIROS’

231st Meditation

“Every day is important, every hour I offer my salvation to mankind. You must serve to bring it to people, for the joy of your Father who loves you” (“Inner Word”).

We are called to live in the “kairos”; that is to say, to be aware that TODAY is the “propitious time” and the day on which salvation is offered to mankind (cf. 2 Cor 6:2). The way to it is open: “TODAY, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts” (Ps 95:7-8). Read More

INDESTRUCTIBLE GOLD

230th Meditation

 

“Treasure up indestructible gold in the Treasury of God” (Inner Word).

On our way of following Christ, our Father allows us to share in the sufferings of Christ (cf. Col 1:24). Persecution and slander may come upon us for the sake of the Name of Jesus. If we hold fast to the truth out of love for God, it is not unusual for conflicts to arise with those who do not want to accept the truth, and this is a cause of suffering. Jesus Himself foretold this: “If they persecuted me, they will persecute you too” (Jn 15:20).

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THEY FIGHT AGAINST ME

229th Meditation

“Fear not when the beast cries out and the lion roars. They will not be able to achieve anything, for they fight against me” (inner word).

The image of the lion represents the devil, as St. Peter the Apostle tells us in the short reading we hear every evening at Compline:

“Keep sober and alert, because your enemy the devil is on the prowl like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour” (1 Pet 5:8). Read More

CHASE AWAY THE DARKNESS

227th Meditation

“Seek always the light, so as to unite with it and help drive away the darkness” (Inner Word).

Light drives away darkness. If we accept the invitation to always seek the light, the darkness will begin to give way within us, for the Holy Spirit Himself is the “light of the hearts” (Pentecost Sequence).

He, who is the love between the Father and the Son, will always try to penetrate to the very depths of our darkness, if we allow Him to do so. Read More

SEEK ME AND YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND ME  

226th Meditation

“Ask of me and I will give you; seek me and you will always find me; knock and the door will be wide open for you” (Inner Word).

We can be sure that we will always find the door of God’s Heart open when we approach Him. Perhaps we are not so aware of it, because we do not yet know our Heavenly Father well enough. If we get to know Him better, this open door will become a deep certainty for us. It will become so natural to us that we will always take it for granted that the Father will receive us with an open heart and give us His loving attention. Read More

YOUR HOME IS IN ME AND IN ME YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND NOURISHMENT

225th Meditation

“Abide always in me, wherever you are. In me is your home and in me you will always find nourishment” (Inner Word).

This is what the Heavenly Father offers us! In the Gospel, the Lord tells us something similar: “Remain in me, as I in you” (Jn 15:4).

We can also relate these words to what happens in Holy Communion. In receiving the sacred Body of the Lord, visible unification with Him takes place. Read More

BE CALM

224th Meditation

“Be calm and carefree, without ever losing vigilance and concentration of soul” (Inner Word).

Combining these two elements is a fine spiritual art. This carefree tranquillity arises from the certainty of knowing oneself to be sheltered in God and to live concretely in this certainty. Then, all situations that come our way will not be overcome primarily through the efforts of our will, that is, by our own strength, which easily leads to inner tension. Rather, they will be faced by listening attentively to the Lord’s directives. Our will then follows the thread of the Holy Spirit, and is docilely and tenderly coupled to Him. Read More