Monday, May 19, 2008

I am still thinking about some thought provoking posts from last week that provide an interesting juxtaposition.

Dan Martins was considering this prayer:
Remember, O Lord, what you have wrought in us and not what we deserve; and, as you have called us to your service, make us worthy of our calling; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

And Phil Snyder was considering this story from Joan Chittister's book on the Rule of Benedict
There was a young novice monk who came to the Master of Novices and asked: "Master, what must I do to attain God?"

The master looked at the young monk and said: "To attain God, you must do two things."

"Two things" the novice thought to himself. "This is going to be easy!"

"First", continued the Master, "You must know that nothing you can do or say or think will ever help you to attain God."

"And the second?" replied the crestfallen novice.

"You must live as if you don't know the first" said the Master.

I am thinking that it is not what we do, but that we allow God to do through us. God is working both on us and through us. As we allow God to work on us, we, bit by bit, become more flexible to His will. And thus are more able to do know His will and thus do His will. Our job is to allow God to do this.

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