Posted by: livingscripture | May 11, 2009

Fifth Monday of Easter

From the Word of the Day

 

Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.

(John 14, 23)    

How should we live this Wordtrinityicon[1]

The verb ‘to dwell’ is often used by St. John in his Gospel, together with the verb ‘to love’.  For this evangelist, understanding Jesus and His Word is not merely an intellectual process but above all a disposition of the heart.  We encounter God if we are disposed to immerse ourselves in the elevated depths of love, dwelling there in quiet and humility!

‘Teacher, where do You live?’   The first two disciples asked this question.  It is the same question that rises spontaneously from the depths of our being when we meet His glance or we experience the overpowering force of His love in our lives.  Even the response is the same, ‘Come and see’.

Love flows from this dwelling and love cannot but lead to an intense and passionate listening to the words of the Beloved Who inevitably takes up His dwelling in us.  We dwell if we love and loving, listen, and listening dwell!  It is like an endless circle!  Where we begin has no importance.  It is enough to abandon self to this ‘circle of love’, to this dance of God’s heart.  Listen…Love…Dwell, where dwelling is God’s action in us and ours in God. 

 The perspective is radiant and rids us of the roots of anxiety and fear because it frees us from all preoccupations due to our impotence.  We are not alone in weaving this marvelous tapestry of communion with God, but it is He who comes to us and changes us from within, restoring us to His image and likeness.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will trustfully abandon myself to the heart of the Trinity and there I will listen to the words of fire that warm the heart, ‘We will come to him and make our dwelling with him’.  I will repeat with Sr. Elizabeth of the Trinity:

 O my God, Trinity Whom I adore…let nothing disturb my peace…grant that every instant may bring me ever more into the depths of Your mystery!

 The voice of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, Carmelite Mystic

 I have found heaven on earth.  Heaven is God and God is in my soul.  The day I understood this, illumined everything for me.

 

 


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