Sunday, November 16, 2008

Compline tonight

In and around my old intercessions I found these. I will use Hebrews 13:20 - 21 as the lesson.

A prayer based on Meister Eckhart and St Symeon the New Theologian
"What good is it to me if this eternal birth of the divine Son takes place unceasingly but does not take place within myself? And, what good is it to me if Mary is full of grace and if I am not also full of grace? What good is it to me for the Creator to give birth to his/her Son if I do not also give birth to him in my time and my culture? This, then, is the fullness of time: When the Son of God is begotten in us."
St. Symeon the New Theologian, another mystic 300 years before Meister Ekhart, wrote:
We awaken in Christ's body
as Christ awakens our bodies,
and my poor hand is Christ.
He enters my foot,
& is infinitely me.
I move my hand,
& wonderfully my hand becomes Christ,
becomes all of Him
(for God is indivisibly whole,
seamless in His Godhood).
I move my foot,
& at once he appears in a flash of lightning.
Do my words seem blasphemous?
Then open your heart to Him
And let yourself receive the one
who is opening to you so deeply.
For if we genuinely love him,
we wake up inside Christ's body
where all our body, all over,
every most hidden part of it,
is realized in joy as Him,
and He makes us utterly real,
and everything that is hurt,
everything that seemed to us dark, harsh, shameful,
maimed, ugly, irreparably damaged,
is in Him transformed and recognized as whole,
as lovely, and radiant in His light.
We awaken as the Beloved
in every last part of our body.

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