An audio Submission - Philomena Cleary
Because the Scriptures are the living word of God, they have a power to touch us at many levels in our life, spiritual, intellectual and emotional. Many people have a favourite passage of Scripture that they return to constantly since it offers them comfort and hope and maybe even a challenge.
It always amazes me how several people can read the same Scripture passage and each one take a different message from it, that's because it is truly God's living Word and not mere literature or historical record.
Would you be willing to share your favourite passage and the reason why is is important in your life?
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Of all the gifts of the Holy Spirit (Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety and Fear of the Lord) Wisdom of the Holy Spirit stands out as something really special.
There is a whole book in the Bible devoted to Wisdom. There is a particular passage in that book that I have pondered for many years. It is beautiful, like poetry. It is as follows:
“Wisdom is bright, and does not grow dim.
By those who love her she is readily see
and found by those who look for her.
Quick to anticipate those who desire her, she makes herself known to them.
Watch for her early and you will have no trouble;
you will find her sitting at your gates.” (Wisdom 6 : 12-15 )
It is the last verse above which always caught my attention. The words, “your gates”suggests that the gates belong to each individual. As we know, a gate is a hinged barrier that can be opened or closed easily. The owner of the gate can choose to open it or close it. Its used to keep things out as well as let things in. The fact that Wisdom is to be found “sitting” suggests that she has had a long wait and has in fact sat down. She is there patiently waiting. She does not barge in uninvited. She is mannerly.
From this, I gather that we must open our own gate to that part of the Holy Spirit called Wisdom. Usually a gate is put in a place where regular access is required.... whether its daily , weekly, monthly or whatever. If no access is required then a wall or a more solid structure is put in place rather than a gate. So, the other thing that occurs to me about this, is that on a regular basis we must open our gate to invite Wisdom in. It is not a once off invite.
All the gifts of the Holy Spirit are needed so much at this difficult time in the world.
"For I am certain of this: neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nothing already that exists and nothing still to come, nor any power, or height or depth, or any created thing , will be able to come between us and the love of God, made visible to us in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38-39
At a time of turmoil and uncertainty these verses from Romans remind me powerfully of the supremacy of God's revelation to us in Christ, and the salvation that is ours through Him. They restore a sense of calm. Let the virus do it's worst! Christ has the victory.
Be Still And Know That I Am God! Ps. 46:10
On my first walk out since Lockdown I stand on the main street of our town,
now totally bereft of people and all activity. Unbelievable!
I pause and whisper the prayer. Be Still And Know That I Am God!
“We sometimes forget how important it is
that we always honour the need
to be still, motionless, not moving at all.
How difficult it is to stand silent and
unmoving with our flask of oil,
which is our very being, and
let God anoint our restless hearts.”
Sr. Macrina Wiederkehr, osb
who died on 24 April 2020.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! ...
Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.
Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
This is my go-to piece of scripture. We had this reading at our wedding and in the years since, I have tried to balance my many prayers of petition and endless stream of requests with prayers of thanksgiving.
In our current time I find it helps to calm the anxiety somewhat if I focus on and give thanks for the many things for which I have to be grateful.
'My brothers, you will always have your trials but, when they come, try to treat them as a happy privilege; you understand that your faith is only put to the test to make you patient, but patience too is to have its practical results...'(James 1:2-4)
This particular verse speaks loudly to me for the present time. It reminds me to look at the many positive things that are happening. It is a unique time for nature especially. Hopefully our collective patience will indeed bring about a practical result.
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
When I am filled with fear and anxiety I remember this wonderful verse and a sense of calm descends on me.
Jesus is my hope.
"Each morning he wakes me to hear, to listen like a disciple" (Isaiah 50:4)
Among many favourite scripture passages, this one has presented itself very strongly over past weeks. It will often break through amid the clamour of thoughts ( with my mind often resembling the whizz of a washing machine) and a deluge of emotions. This quote restores my equilibrium and anchors me again, at least for a while. It allows me some capacity to listen to what the Lord's call is at this time..