The Feast of Ss. Philip and James, Apostles
1 Corinthians 15:1-8
The Word of Life
Each day, as we reflect upon the Word of God, how do we actually create the space for prayer? I think it is good once in awhile to step back and just look at what Kind of space I am creating to be receptive to God’s Word and God’s Will. Basically, we are talking about reading the prophetic messages of God’s spokespersons, psalmists’ inspirations from following God, accounts of the early Church (the Acts), letters from Paul and other apostles, and Jesus’ words and activities. So I get settled in a place, (know how much time I have), offer some expression of gratitude to God, take some deep breaths, accept the feelings and thoughts that are flowing though me, and then, bracket it all as best I can to concentrate on the Word of the day. "To what Lord do you want me to pay attention?" The fact in 1 Cor. 15 I am being saved? Am I open to the "appearance of Christ" today, as is described in various ways in the same reading? Do I believe when Jesus says, "the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father." So, for what am I asking Jesus, and am I open to "the answer to my prayer?" And, finally, understanding "that the Father may be glorified in the Son." What is "Glory?" When someone is in their "glory" their wishes, desires, hopes and plans have been fulfilled. You may be in your glory because you are a new grandparent, you got the last child through college or married off to someone, or, your favorite sports team has won it all. The Father /God is in glory when THE Plan to transform the world, one person at a time is a happening, through our prayer and intentional works. That is "thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." Give "glory to God," by carrying out his Will. This prayer method can help.
Fr. Alex Steinmiller, C.P. is president of Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School, Birmingham, Alabama.