Monday, May 24, 2010

Being Drawn To Him

 From time to time I have posted a link to the My Daily Eucharist site. They have a daily reflection on the Eucharist. Today's is from an issue of Immaculata magazine. The line in this reflection that struck me most was that one where the author says: "It's not so much that I choose to go to the chapel as it is that I am drawn there." I have often had that feeling as well, especially when it is not my regular weekly hour in our chapel that I have committed to. I often have the desire to stay longer than the hour, almost feeling like I need to tear myself away.
Here is today's reflection; may you too be drawn to Him.

I have a friend who is impressed by what the world calls "powerful" and "successful" people. Imagine, if he had the gift of faith, how he would be attracted to the chapel to be in the presence of and be influenced by the One from Whom all power flows, the very Source of Life. In the Powerful Presence, I am made aware of my own utter powerlessness: I did not choose to live; I did not choose my parents or the Age in which I live; I cannot prolong my life here indefinitely, and I do not control the lives of those with whom I share my life.
The world sets me in a struggle against my true nature as it fosters the illusion that I am self-sufficient.
In those quiet moments before Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, I am freed from that illusion...The sand of self-confidence on which the world would have me build my life is replaced by the rock of God-confidence... Conflict and anxiety and fear give way to peace beyond expression. The world inflicts wounds upon us which God alone can heal. In those quiet moments before Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, I experience that Healing Power and catch a glimpse of that Divine Compassion we are called to share.
In the presence of the Source of life, I am made aware that all of life is a gift to be humbly accepted and appreciated. It's not so much that I choose to go to the chapel as it is that I am drawn there. "Come to me all you who are weary and find life burdensome, and I will refresh you. Take my yoke upon your shoulders and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart. Your souls will find rest, for my yoke is easy and my burden light."
Immaculata Magazine: Dec. 1984 / Jan. 1985
John Gile
Image: Commune With Me by Keith Goodson


Colleen said...

Beautiful. Sometimes I run over to church during my work day to bring something to put in the sacristy or check on supplies, etc. I will suddenly get this urge to pay Jesus a visit and I will go to the chapel. I cannot stay long but I know somehow that I was called there. God bless.

Gabriella said...

'In those quiet moments before Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, I am freed from that illusion...'

Indeed, we are freed from many illusions!

Thank you.

Patty said...

"It's not so much that I choose to go to the chapel as it is that I am drawn there."...yes! drawn there!

I've given you a Sunshine Award

Karinann said...

Thank you for your comments ladies. It's always so interesting to see how different parts of a reflection touch different people. You all got something different from it.
Patty- thanks for the award.

Owner of Homeschool Faith and Family Life Website said...

I always feel a little sad when it's time to leave Him there.
And yet, I know that He comes with me...but when I have the tremendously unfathomable gift of kneeling before His glorious presence in the Blessed just feels like nothing else on earth...nothing...can ever even come close to that JOY and so I just want to stay there forever!

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.