Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
June 20, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
2 Corinthians 9:6-11
Psalm 112:1bc-2, 3-4, 9
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
A reflection on today's Scripture:
When You Pray, Go to Your Inner Room . . . . (Matthew 6:6)
Prayer isn't only words˜nor is it mere public display. Jesus is clear on this˜if our prayer has only outward considerations, if we make a big deal of it, we diminish it into meaningless, empty show.
When we pray, we are to enter our inner room. We are to enter into the silence of the heart; we are to be alone with The Alone. And most interestingly, this need not occur in the absence of other people. We can enter this inner room wherever we happen to be. As we sit quietly for a few minutes gathering ourselves together to participate in the prayer of the Mass, we have entered the inner room. When we sit at our desks at work and look for a moment at a sacred picture or just close our eyes and pray for strength for the day, we have entered our inner room.
This inner room isn't so much a physical place as it is a place we carry with us. Where we go, it goes as well, so long as we are ready to use it. And it is in this inner place where all true conversation with the Lord occurs, regardless of the surroundings, regardless of the outward form. God speaks in the stillness, and only in the inner room can we be composed enough to hear Him.
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