Thought of the day
Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday of the Twenty-third week in Ordinary Time

"Then you will see clearly"

Saint Ephrem (c.306-373), Deacon in Syria, Doctor of the Church 
Sermon 3, 2.4-5 (trans. breviary 09/06)
"Then you will see clearly"

O Lord, drive away the darkness from our minds 
with the light of your wisdom, 
so that enlightened in this way 
we may serve you with renewed purity. 
The beginning of the sun's passage through the sky 
marks the beginning of the working-day for us mortals: 
we ask you, Lord, to prepare in our minds 
a place where the day that knows no end may give its light.

Grant that we may have within us this light, 
the life of the resurrection, 
and that nothing may take away our delight in you. 
Mark us with the sign of that day that does not begin 
with the movement and the course of the sun, 
by keeping our minds fixed on you.

In your sacraments we welcome you every day 
and receive you in our bodies. 
Make us worthy to experience within us 
the resurrection for which we hope. 
Be the wings for our thoughts, O Lord,
Drawing us lightly to the heights
And bearing us up to our true home.

By the grace of baptism we conceal within our bodies 
the treasure of your divine life... 
Let us appreciate the great beauty that is ours 
through the spiritual beauty that your immortal will 
arouses in our mortal nature…
May your resurrection, Jesus, 
cause the spiritual man to grow in us (cf Eph 3,16)
and may the contemplation of your mysteries
become the mirror in which we come to recognise you (1Cor 13,12).

Grant, Lord, that we may hasten to our true home, 
and, like Moses on the mountain-top
seeing the promised Land, (Dt 34,1)
let us possess it even now through contemplation.

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