Today’s Thoughts: “At the name of Jesus every knee must bend, in heaven, on earth and under the earth, and every tongue proclaim to the Glory of God the Father, that Jesus Christ is Lord.” Passionists pray this prayer at least twice every day. It is the prayer we pray to begin every communal gathering of prayer. It is a prayer that brings us together as a community and focuses our life of prayer.
Thomas Merton captures the essence of this prayer from St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians when he says, “This act of total surrender is not merely a fantastic intellectual and mystical gamble; it is something much more serious. It is an act of love for this unseen person, who, in the very gift of love by which we surrender ourselves to his reality also makes his presence known to us.”
Perhaps said differently, each time Passionists come together through this prayer what we are doing is surrendering ourselves to the profound love of Jesus and with that surrender Jesus makes his presence known to us through prayer, through community, through ministry and through the living of life.
Why not try it for yourself, any time you pause to pray surrender yourself to Jesus by beginning your prayer with St. Paul’s beautiful words, “At the name of Jesus every knee must bend, in heaven, on earth and under the earth, and every tongue proclaim to the Glory of God the Father that Jesus Christ is Lord.” Then let Jesus make his presence known to you!
Have a great Tuesday everyone!
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Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run"
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