February 26, 2022
Saturday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, each of our readings encourages us to live a life of prayer – with fervor, perseverance, and childlike simplicity
The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful.James 5:16
O LORD, to you I call; hasten to me;Psalm 141:1-2
hearken to my voice when I call upon you.
Let my prayer come like incense before you;
the lifting up of my hands, like the evening sacrifice.
Let the children come to me; do not prevent them,Mark 10:14
for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Rather than make any theological comment on prayer, I thought I might simply offer some of my own poetry-prayers today, if you would care to pray with them.
Sunrise paints the hedge's morning side rosy gold. But I choose the western side. There, midnight's purple leaves awake in lazy grey, then stripes of green and silver. There, the awesome grace of living rises slowly in the heart, a liquor savored, a prayer lingering In genuflected silence
we are more one
than separate now,
Heart over heart,
heart within Heart,
like a word's meaning
held within its sound.
I drink from that union
like the verdant earth drinks
from its deep reserve of water.
It is Your color
sprung from me.
But that water, once tasted
by any other water.
no return for me now
to a season
not fed by You.
What I have given You, then
is the whole seed of my life.
Love it in that way.
Music: Inside This River – Gary Schmidt