Tuesday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time
The psalmist gives a very accurate description of the Lord in today’s psalm. “The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness. The LORD is good to all and compassionate toward all his works.” (Ps 145:8-9) We come to know that the Lord is good from meeting Him in the sacraments, spending time with Him in prayer, and reflecting on the graces He has poured out on us throughout our lives. In fact, the first reading states that one of the reasons the Holy Spirit is given to us is “so that we may understand the things freely given us by God.” (1Cor 2:12)
If we receive a card or some other gift from a friend it would be an affront to not quickly reply with a ‘thank you’ of some kind. Let us not forget to explicitly offer thanks to the Lord for His goodness to us. Today, take five minutes of quiet to pray in thanksgiving to God. Recall one instance from throughout the day where you saw evidence of God’s tender love for you, and thank Him.
Grace: An intimate knowledge of the many blessings received, that filled with gratitude for all, I may in all things love and serve the Divine Majesty.
Reflection: In the meditation upon sin, we made reference to Dante’s vision of hell, a cold, desolate place where the fire of love has been extinguished and all lies in a spiritual torpor. This is the perfect image of the heart grown cold to the stirrings of love which God places within it. At the opposite end of Dante’s journey lies a vision that perfectly encapsulates the final meditation of the Spiritual Exercises, the Contemplation to Attain Divine Love. From the lowest reaches of the spiritual universe, Dante ascends to the heights of heaven, where he views “the love that moves the sun and the other stars.” At the heart of the universe lives the Trinitarian God, whose perfect love draws all being into an ordered symphony of praise. Dante feels himself drawn into this harmonic vision through the enflaming of his passions and desires. No one with eyes to see can sit impassively at the vision of God’s love. From the disordered state in which Dante had fallen at the beginning of the poem, he becomes progressively cleansed of his disordered affections through the grace of God and the intercession of Beatrice until finally he is able to pass through the heavens and stand in the presence of God. But notice that Dante only sees God’s depths after he has been interiorly transformed.