October 20, 2016
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St. Paul of the Cross
Eph 3: 14-21
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love.
I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Once all of her kids were out of the house, my mom redecorated the upstairs bedrooms with antique furniture. One of the beds required a specially sized foam mattress. My sister and I normally visited our parents together, so we fought over who would have to take the “sunk bed.” We both despised the mattress because our rumps would inevitably fall into the hole formed over the years.
While in the hospital for the birth of my first child, I lucked out with a “sunk bed,” where countless of other moms had sat. But it didn’t bother me. When I looked at my daughter, I finally understood how much God really did love me because my love for her was so great. I had known the infinite love of God only in theory. It had finally “sunk” in.
We really only have one responsibility as Christian disciples, and that is to share the vastness of God’s love.
—JoEllen Windau-Cattapan is the Atlanta area director for the Contemplative Leaders in Action, a program of the Office of Ignatian Spirituality, USA Northeast Province.
Lord, let us trust in the words of St. Paul, especially when we are filled with doubt and fear: “Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.” Amen.
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