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 15:
"Build on the Rock"
24"Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it." 28 And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, 29 for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.
- 1. Find a quiet place, alone and apart from distractions.
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. Building takes time, and building according to plan.
10. Scripture contains the plan, which we constantly refer to in order that the building is wisely put together.
11. No human structure is perfect and so it is with us; we can get sloppy at times moving away from the plumb and true.
13. The indwelling Holy Spirit may then have to do some rebuilding, after some tear down, and however painful, a more solid structure is the result.
14. The rains and the floods will come; no one is immune, but since we are build on the solid rock we can say, "Let the wind howl and the flood waters rise, but in Christ I will yet stand.
15. This house on the rock, both His Church and the individual pieces of it, is more glorious than the greatest of cathedrals made by the hands of man. To most observers, the imperfections of this ekklesia or assembly of the called out are painfully visible, yet in the eyes of the Grand Designer, it is most beautiful and strong.
16. Being quiet, then, let God speak to you through His Word.