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Reeds of God

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Wednesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

β€œThe Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought ... the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groaning.” (Romans 8:26)

As I sit at my computer, I think of all the work of the day and how I might fit in space for prayer. Sometimes prayer feels like work - one more thing to fit into our schedule. In fact, St. Benedict called the Liturgy of the Hours "The Work of God." 
Then I looked at today's reading: Romans, Chapter 8, which is a powerful piece of Scripture. Those first lines reminded me that I'm not fighting this alone. In fact, I don't need to be fighting at all. The Spirit of God is working not just alongside of me, but in me, making up for my fatigue and lack of ability. The Spirit of God prays within me, praying the prayer that will bring about the Kingdom of God.  
Prayer time might be more a matter of just being conscious of the God within me, God who can do all things in spite of me. It might be a time of relaxing into God's plan and conforming myself to it, letting myself be changed so that I can be a better instrument.  Caryl Houselander used the image of being "The Reed of God." The Spirit blows through me; the Spirit fingers the reed and makes the music.
This makes me feel a little out of control. But then my day might go better if God were totally in control.

Spirit of God,

You who renew the face of the earth and give us wisdom,

make me aware of Your presence within me today.

Help me hear Your gentle nudging to do the good You want me to do.

Help me to pray as I ought, letting Your love and praise flow through me.

Grant this, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sister Mary Jo Polak, OSB
Benedictine Peace Center, Sacred Heart Monastery, Yankton, S.D.

Romans 8:26-30 ● Psalm 13:4-5, 6 ● Luke 13:22-30

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