Live in God’s Presence


33ND Friday of Ordinary Time

November 18, 2022

WORD of the DAY 

Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out those who were selling things, saying to them,
“It is written, My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.”
And every day he was teaching in the temple area.
The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people, meanwhile, were seeking to put him to death, but they could find no way to accomplish their purpose because all the people were hanging on his words.
(Luke 19: 45-48)                                                

How shall I live this Word?  

Even in the small house of prayer of San Biagio, today the Word resounds strongly, “My house will be a house of prayer”. But which house are we talking about?

If it is important to create the conditions for a place to be favorable to an encounter with God, it is even more important to create them for our heart. Our heart is that house of prayer which must be kept in silence, freed from small or great troubles and burdens, so that it can welcome the Word that generates life. A silent and collected external environment would be useless if our heart were full of noise and inhabited by useless things. It is right there, in the depths of our depths, that Life inhabits. Then, during the day, I can go to my house of prayer whenever I want: to meet Him, relate to Him, let myself be renewed by Him in order to face my daily life with His strength and His light.

It is this learning to live in the presence of God constantly that our saints teach us.

Today, in my contemplative pause, I enter my house of prayer and repeat the expression of Psalm 118, “Your Word is a lamp to my steps.” Lord, help me feed me and constantly assimilate Your Word of Life. Let the Word itself dissolve my rigidities and transform what is still hostile to change in me to be more and more an expression of Your Love.

The Voice of Don Bosco – Biographical Memoirs XIII 427

This thought of the presence of God must accompany us at all times, in every place, in each action.


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