Faith is both a gaze of love and a
covenant that is lived in therelational
intensity of love. Real faith involves the heart. The scripture says, "one
believes with the heart" (Rom. 10:10). The heart is where Jesus dwells within
us (see Eph. 3:17). "Contemplative prayer is a covenant relationship
established by God within our hearts" (Catechism of the Catholic
Church2713). In the midst of this
relationship I discover that I am a dwelling place of the Lord--where he
lives, moves and has his being: "Silence, all mankind, in the presence
of the LORD! For he stirs forth from his holy dwelling" (Zech. 2:17). In
this encounter of silent love, the Holy spirit "enables [me] to share in the
prayer of Jesus" (CCC 2717) to the Father--now from within my own humanity.
For, I am a "temple of the living God" (2 Cr. 6:16).
Jesus wants to continue to live his
life within me--and hence his love of, and his relationship with, the
Father.Jesus has set his "wine cellar"
in the center of my soul. There he visits me in love and engages me in sacred,
mystical experience, "with the train of his garment filling the temple"
(Is. 6:1). There I find my "food and drink in steady supply" (Is. 33:16),
feasting on his mystical manna and led to spiritual "springs of life-giving
water" (Rev. 7:17): "The living water which says deep inside me, "Come to the
Father" ("From a letter to the Romans" by St. Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and
martyr, LH, vol. IV, p. 1491).
In the "wine cellar" of my soul "my
spirit within me keeps vigil for" "him whom my heart loves" until "suddenly
there will come to the temple the LORD whom [I] seek" (Is. 26:9; Songs 3:2;
Mal. 3:1). There I gaze "with unveiled face on the glory of the Lord" (2 Cr.
3:18), "and dine with him, and he with me" (Rev. 3:20).Jesus tells us, "whoever loves me will
be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him"
(John 14:21). He makes himself known to me.
As he lives his life within me, Jesus
continues to live "his relationship with the Father--a relationship of loving
and adoring, self-giving, a pouring out of life towards the other" (Archbishop
Rowan Williams, primate of England, "address to the synod of bishops", Oct. 11,
2012, # 5). Jesus promises us, "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"
are a few of the ways in which Jesus has revealed himself to me most recently?
kind of "spring cleaning" does the "dwelling place" of my life need to undergo
in order to become a more suitable tabernacle of God's presence?
Any scripture from the text; Psalm 139:1,13; Mt. 11:27; John
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