Memorial of Saint Barnabas, Apostle
Saturday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
June 11, 2022
Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, we ask God to help us set our hearts in the right direction — toward God in all things.
And we express the blessed insight that to live within God’s Law is to be favored.
Incline my heart, O God, to your decrees;
and favor me with your law.
Here’s the way I picture this prayer.
Life is like a rip tide. It can capture us and pull us under its breakers when we least expect it. But as any good ocean swimmer knows, when we are caught in a rip tide, we must relax, lean into it, and swim perpendicular to its force.
Our Alleluia Verse today is kind of a “rip-tide prayer”. We ask for the courage to lean into God’s power in our lives, to trust it, and to swim with it even though it contradicts a godless culture.
God promises that there is always a current of grace to carry us to the Divine Heart, but our efforts alone cannot sustain us. As in Psalm 86, we can ask God to do a little leaning toward us to help us out in a tough sea! 🙂
May we ever incline our hearts to God’s Love already leaning over us in Mercy.
Poetry: You are so weak – Rumi
You are so weak. Give up to grace. The ocean takes care of each wave ’til it gets to shore. You need more help than you know.
Music: Oceans – Hillsong