GOSPEL MEDITATIONS FOR
THE CONTEMPLATION OF GOD:
Gospel Meditations are both biblically and theologically intense and complex—they are not for everyone. For those who are beginners in the Faith, these might be difficult to grasp. The discipline of examining Scripture and internalizing it requires some spiritual maturity. So then, if at first the going is rough, keep at it and grow in your understanding of both the Bible and theology, while we ask the Holy Spirit to do a “deep” work in us.
So I invite us all to meditate upon, reflect on, contemplate, and consider afresh the Word and Work of our Triune God. Each Gospel meditation will center on a passage of Scripture, and a method of reflection will be outlined each week. Perhaps early in the morning we may rise up and seek Him, as David did, and rejoice at the wonder and beauty of God our Savior.
GOSPEL MEDITATION 5:
"Keeping the Commandments with Love"
"Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him."
1. Find a quiet place, alone and apart from distractions.Last Update: 2016-09-01 12:11
2. Be comfortably alert, still and at peace.
3. Say the Lord's Prayer.
4. Sing or chant the Jesus Prayer
5. Pray for family, friends, neighbors, and yourself.
6. Slowly and carefully read the passage of Scripture.
7. Reread it.
8. From memory, determine the central points.
9. Context: Jesus is preparing his disciples for his departure—the cross, the grave, the resurrection. He is assuring them that he will not leave them alone; the Comforter, the Holy Spirit is coming.
10. Keeping the commandments: to believe in the one the Father sent, to love God with all you are and have, and to love your neighbor as yourself—these are the core commandments.
11. To “agape” love Jesus is essentially to trust, honor, worship, and follow Jesus as Lord.
12. See the doctrine of the Trinity at the heart of what Jesus is saying; without such, Jesus’ meaning would be unclear.
13. Love is returned, not only at conversion but throughout the life of the child of God. The loving Father/Parent does not stop loving his sons and daughters.
14. Love is a revealing one to another, often slowly and carefully at first as to not overwhelm. This is true in human and divine relationship.
15. Such revealing is what C. Austin Miles was contemplating when he wrote the great hymn “In the Garden.”
16. Be quiet now, and let God speak to you.