Wednesday 22nd Ord I
A Pilgrim's Daily Prayer
Called through the Word to the everlasting journey in the Spirit
from nothingness to union with the One who is the Beginning and the End
Jerome Nadal, Curing Peters mother in Law, Fairfield University, 1595
Wednesday of the 22nd week in Ordinary Time: Divine Life and Healing Leads to Service
Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked him about her. Then he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. Immediately she got up and began to serve them (NRSV, Luke 4:38b-39).
Let us pray.
Father, because you share your life with us, we are all your children. One of us, among your children, however, is uncreated. He is your begotten but uncreated Son, with you from all eternity, the Word made flesh, Jesus the Anointed One, who always presses in upon us, even in our sinfulness, challenging us to too accept your life through him. Your divine life, that he offers, is given to us in the Holy Spirit. Father, Son and Holy Spirit, yet one God.
You, Father, give life from all eternity to your Son, the Word. The Word receives that life. Together, Father and Son, giving and receiving, you share that life in love who is the Holy Spirit.
Father, when we say “yes” to you through your Son in the Spirit, when we receive your gift of divine life, we become caught up in your inner life of giving and receiving life and of sharing in love.
We, who can give you, Father, nothing on our own, now, through the Son, in the Holy Spirit, one with them and you, we can give you everything. Divine life, which is given, received and shared in love in the Blessed Trinity, is now ours. Yes, Father, through the Son, it becomes possible for us also to give to you in love and to meditate your life to others. When you, Father, offer your divine life through the Word to every human being, we, caught up in that divine life, offer that life with you. The Word mediates your life to all and all, who live in the Spirit, mediate your life with him. The Word is the only high priest in its true meaning, as the author of Hebrews tells us, but all who live in the Spirit mediate that life one to another as priests with him. Christ is king and priest but we are all indeed a royal priesthood.
Father, as the evangelist Luke records, early in his public ministry, Jesus, accompanied by his disciples, healed Peter’s mother-in-law. She immediately got up and began to wait on them.
Healing is to be shared with others. May we who receive the one, true healing brought by the gift of divine life, like Peter’s mother-in-law, immediately share that gift with you, Father, and all others, through the Word in the Holy Spirit. May our sharing of divine life and love with our created sisters and brothers, on the deepest level of our being, be made manifest in a visible way by tangible acts of love and service, by “waiting” on one another.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.