Sunday, 27 November 2016

10 Minute Daily Retreat November - Gift of Reverence

Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Louise Crossley (No.226)

The ‘Surrender Prayer’ by Father Dolindo Ruotolo, begins with…

‘Why do you confuse yourselves by worrying?
 Leave the care of your affairs to me and everything will be peaceful. 
I say to you in truth that every act of true, blind, complete surrender to me produces the effect that you desire and resolves all difficult situations.
O Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything! (10 times)’

I have mentioned in a past reflection that while Saint Peter and Judas were both sinners, Saint Peter was for God and Judas was not.  Just as today’s Catholic Gospel spoke about the good thief being for God and not the bad thief. What differentiates them? What differentiates us? We too are all sinners, but some of us are God’s and some of us are not.

This is where I believe Reverence comes in. When we are deeply respectful in our intentions, even though our human flaws cause us to sin, we are for God. Reverence is the overwhelming sense of gratitude for being loved by God despite our shortcomings. While the Judas’ and bad thieves may use human flaws as propaganda to promote or justify purposeful sinful behaviour, they are missing the point of what it means to be ‘for God’.  

Reverence is to surrender, respecting that God is so much better than we are and through His Divine goodness loves us anyway. Reverence is to be sincerely remorseful, to be in awe of the incredible love that God shows us, to mean well. Reverence is to trust and respect God so purely - in spite of our impurities - and surrender, but with our whole hearts and not our mere mouths.  

Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to GodPhil 4:6

Read the scripture slowly. 
Reflect on its meaning for you.
Listen for God's voice in the stillness. 
Pray for God's blessing upon you.

Louise Crossley