Monday, June 4, 2018
Today, in Mercy, we resume our readings, now in the second letter of Peter. Peter describes the infinite blessings that are ours through Jesus Christ. These blessings allow and invite us to a life of grace and devotion. This kind of life burns pure, and clear and powerful by the power of God.
In the reading, Peter uses the word “devotion” twice. In the original Greek, the word meant “Godliness”. When we are deeply devoted to someone or something, we take on characteristics of their nature. By our devotion to Jesus, we will become like Him – conveying His grace and peace in our lives. But we can only become like Him by being with Him in our prayer, scripture reading and works of mercy. That is devotion.
The music is a second hymn written by Thomas Aquinas, Adoro Te Devote. The translation below was written by the holy Jesuit poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins.
Godhead here in hiding, whom I do adore,
Masked by these bare shadows, shape and nothing more,
See, Lord, at thy service low lies here a heart
Lost, all lost in wonder at the God thou art.
Seeing, touching, tasting are in thee deceived:
How says trusty hearing? that shall be believed;
What God’s Son has told me, take for truth I do;
Truth himself speaks truly or there’s nothing true.
On the cross thy godhead made no sign to men,
Here thy very manhood steals from human ken:
Both are my confession, both are my belief,
And I pray the prayer of the dying thief.
I am not like Thomas, wounds I cannot see,
But can plainly call thee Lord and God as he;
Let me to a deeper faith daily nearer move,
Daily make me harder hope and dearer love.
O thou our reminder of Christ crucified,
Living Bread, the life of us for whom he died,
Lend this life to me then: feed and feast my mind,
There be thou the sweetness man was meant to find.
Bring the tender tale true of the Pelican;
Bathe me, Jesu Lord, in what thy bosom ran—
Blood whereof a single drop has power to win
All the world forgiveness of its world of sin.
Jesu, whom I look at shrouded here below,
I beseech thee send me what I thirst for so,
Some day to gaze on thee face to face in light
And be blest for ever with thy glory’s sight. Amen.