October 12, 2017
"And I tell you, ask and you will receive;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives;
and the one who seeks, finds;
and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
What father among you would hand his son a snake
when he asks for a fish?
Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg?
If you then, who are wicked,
know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit
to those who ask him?" (Lk 11:9-13)
My brothers and sisters,
Jesus, you gave me a mind to know you, and a will to serve you, and a heart to be transfigured by your Holy Spirit—so let it be done, that you receive all of me, and give me all of you; that you fill all of me with yourself, and touch me, writing your being into mine, making your abode with me.
This, before anything else; this, because it casts me into your eternity, so that your kingdom may begin in me now; this, because it is perfectly simple, and this, because it is everything, insofar as you are everything.
May I desire you, and no one else, nothing else; may I desire everything in you, to be given from you, so that in being freed to your eternal being, all that may be given from you I may receive as yours, a gift that you give, a gift given in you, a gift passing.
You gave us the earth upon which we walk, and out of this earth you grow beauty and symmetry and life. Do the same in me: place deeply within the seed of your life and holiness, and water it with your grace. May branches grow from my heart, to my fingers, my eyes, my lips, my mind—to my everything—that I may bring you to the world and set it afire for your glory.
Overshadow and reign within me.
Let us ask to know this: “…in the bridal surrender not only is one’s own will subordinated and conformed with the divine one, but the divine surrender is also received. For this reason, in surrendering one’s own person, one takes possession of God in a way so daring that it surpasses all human understanding. John of the Cross gives clear expression to this when he says that the soul can now give God more than she is herself: she gives to God, God himself in God. So it is that there is something in essence that differs from the union of grace: a being drawn to the utmost limit within the divine being. This divinizes the soul herself. It is a union of persons that does not end their independence, but rather has it as a prerequisite, an interpenetration that is surpassed only by the circumincession of the divine persons upon which it is modeled” (Edith Stein, The Science of the Cross).
Think of God as a huddle of three football players, post-Superbowl win. They really want to come and be with you, and have you with them—the fullness of the Song of Songs, of everything the Lord wishes for us, to know his breadth and depth, height and length, with all the saints.