Tuesday 6 February 2018
Ss Paul Miki and Companions. Waitangi Day (New Zealand)
1 Kings 8:22-23, 27-30. Psalm 83(84):3-5, 10-11. Mark 7:1-13.
How lovely is your dwelling-place, Lord, mighty God—Psalm 83(84):3-5, 10-11.
Listen to the prayer and entreaty of your servant, O God.
It is so easy to become very tired and dispirited, depressed and discouraged, when prayer, no matter how earnestly offered, seems to remain unanswered. Yet, Lord, faith tells us that you are there in the darkness, and that you call us to trust as never before.
Yes, to sit beside you in silence, and allow our loneliness to be, can unite us with you in ways we could never have imagined. Seeing and not seeing, hearing and not hearing, touching and not touching, are not contradictions, but the opportunity of responding more freely to your deep and unconditional love.
Lord, may I find in you the fulfilment of my deepest yearnings and desires. Teach me to overcome the fears of my own wounds and to trust completely.