Today’s Consuming Fire Meditation- – A Daily Dose of the Flame of Love Diary Served Up with Today’s Scriptures
Friday of the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time
I Don’t Want To Gain The Whole World And Lose My Soul
Many times I was walking around with teary eyes. My love for the Lord Jesus filled my eyes with tears of repentance. I did not want to turn my eyes towards the world ever again. I sought only silence so I could continually hear the Lord’s voice, because from that day on, He was the One speaking to me. (Elizabeth) (1961-1962)
Today’s Readings: Jesus summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them,
“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself,
take up his cross, and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake
and that of the Gospel will save it.
What profit is there for one to gain the whole world
and forfeit his life?
What could one give in exchange for his life? (Mark 8)
Prayer Meditation-O Lord, how we all want to hold onto the things of this world. To save our lives- to live out our best lives right here and right now because we think that what we have here on this Earth and all we are striving for is all that there is. We want it all and Heaven too! But that is not what You have asked of us- You have asked us not to save our lives, but to lose them for Your sake- not to gain the whole world but to save our souls and have the true and abundant life You want us to have in You (John 10). For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world (1 John 2:16). But if we repent, which really just means turn around, and keep our eyes on You and not the world, and really seek Your Voice we will hear You speaking this real life into our souls! Lord, Lent is coming- it is not about chocolate or caffeine or too much wine, though if we are slaves to any of this it would be wise to fast from it, but it really is about us holding on to the little pebble of our wills for dear life when what You really want to give us is Your Divine Life reigning in us! So let us examine ourselves- what would it take for us to say on Easter Sunday, it is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me? (Galatians 2)? Let us ask You today in prayer to show us that little narrow path forward this Lent that You have for us as we take up our crosses and follow You, the God who loves us and has given everything for us!