“Exult, you just, in the LORD; praise from the upright is fitting. Give thanks to the LORD.” O my Lord, what joy this season brings us as we contemplate your great love and celebrate all you have done for humanity – all you have done for me. My spirit rejoices with Mary for truly the Lord has done great things for me – the Lord has done great things for all humanity. You have formed me in my mother’s womb and given me life. You have created me and I am wonderfully made. You have loved me with a love beyond compare. When I was lost and frightened, you saved me. When I was afraid and hurting, you comforted me. When I was alone and unloved, you came to me. You sent your only-begotten Son into the world to find me, bless me, heal me, forgive me, re-create me and form me anew. He died for me because he loves me. The only thing I fear now, the one thing that frightens me most of all, is being separated from you again. Please Lord, I beg you, never allow me to be separated from you. I have come to know and to believe that you are my Lord and my God; my Rock and my Refuge; my Source and my Being and that you love me and I am truly precious in your eyes – I am truly your beloved child. There is nothing else in this world or in this universe that you can give me that you haven’t already given me. For you have given me your Very Self, your Beloved Son and your Holy Spirit. What else do I need? What else can make me happy? What else can give me life and bring me peace other than you? Please perfect your love, your life, your gift in me. Help me to receive you in the most profound depths of my being. O Lord, I desire to receive all of you so that you can have all of me. Is there anything that limits me from receiving you in totality? Is there anything I have put in your way? Is there anything I haven’t given to you? I get a sense that there’s more I can give, more I can do, more love I can share, more praise I can give, more gratitude I can show, more reverence I can display, more of me I can give to you, more room in me – more room for You. “Rejoice, O hearts that seek the Lord.” Praise God! Alleluia!
Fifth Sunday of Easter