Friday, October 20, 2017

Parable and Conscience Meditation October 20

Liturgy  October 20

Only then will our prayer in common have a true source in deep and personal dedication (Const. 16.3).

“Mary!”  “Rabbouni!”
“Put your finger here.”  “My Lord and my God!”
“Simon, do you love me?”  “You know well that I love you!”
“What are you talking about as you walk?”
        “Are you the only inhabitant of Jerusalem not to know . . . ?”
“Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”  “Who are you, Lord?”

Christian life is founded on the personal experience of the risen Christ.  In seeking one's own life, a person is stopped somewhere by the Great Seeker.  In this encounter, the person discovers the source of goodness and abandons self to it.   A permanent dialogue is established.  But the dialogue never remains limited just to the Seeker and the one sought.  Mary goes to tell the others; Thomas goes to evangelize those who have never seen him; Peter feeds the lambs; the two from Emmaus return to Jerusalem; Saul goes to be instructed at Damascus.  All these personal dialogues had to become finally a great concert where Christ and his disciples celebrate the one redemptive experience.  In fact, the personal saving dialogue anticipates and awaits its grandest moment in liturgical prayer.  There is no true liturgy without these blocks of personal prayer and personal prayer remains incomplete without the liturgy.

What is not said is not a word.  (Nande)

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