TUESDAY IV LENT: Fill me with the healing power of your spirit
Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your mat, and walk.”
Immediately the man became well, took up his mat, and walked. (Jn 5:16)
There is within you an immortal soul made in the image of God whom it is destined to possess one day, a soul ransomed at the price of the blood of Jesus Christ, more precious in the eyes of God than all earth’s riches, than all the kingdoms of the earth, a soul of which he is more jealous than of the government of the entire universe.
Christians, know then your dignity, with St. Leo I will call you sharers in the divine nature…
Notes for the first instruction in the Church of the Madeleine EO. XV n. 114
Lord, I ask you to touch me
with your power.
For if you created me from nothing,
you can certainly recreate me.
Fill me with the healing power of your spirit.
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I wonder what the scribes and pharisees of Eugene’s times would have thought if they heard Eugene talking to the poorest of the poor and saying that they were sharers in divine nature? Scandalous, unbelievable and worse.
Some 2,000 years after the birth of Jesus those still walk among us: judging, condemning and excluding others. They are not just teachers and clerics, members of the Church hierarchy for we find them playing the same game as they walk among all the people of God pretending to be wiser and holier than all others, with only their ‘way of being and living’ as being righteous.
I think of how we are all called to walk as pilgrims, together… to pick up our matts, too enlarge the space of our tents, with none being better or greater than the other… allowing ourselves to be led by the Holy Spirit…
Whose voice am I listening to, is it yours O God, or simply my own? Lord, have mercy on me a sinner, and fill me with your spirit.