My Lectio Divina (Philippians 2:5) took me to this place recently, asking a series of questions, which, of course, only the Holy Spirit had the answers. It is like playing Spirit Games with my second Advocate (Jesus is numero uno). I am going to write it down just as I received it and you try to answer them. In Lectio, I always get the questions from the Holy Spirit in meditatio and get answers (as I “listen with the ear of the heart”) in contemplatio. The answers don’t always come as fast as I would like because I have the impatience of a human in a state of Original Sin. The key is to keep coming back each day, passionately, relentless in humility with Christ. I offer to you what I myself received, in no order and without comments.
When I came to you, brothers, proclaiming the mystery of God,* I did not come with sublimity of words or of wisdom.a2For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified.b3I came to you in weakness* and fear and much trembling,4and my message and my proclamation were not with persuasive (words of) wisdom,* but with a demonstration of spirit and power,c5so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God.d
The True Wisdom.*6Yet we do speak a wisdom to those who are mature, but not a wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age who are passing away.7Rather, we speak God’s wisdom,* mysterious, hidden, which God predetermined before the ages for our glory,8and which none of the rulers of this age* knew; for if they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.9But as it is written:
“What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard,
and what has not entered the human heart,
For the Spirit scrutinizes everything, even the depths of God.11Among human beings, who knows what pertains to a person except the spirit of the person that is within? Similarly, no one knows what pertains to God except the Spirit of God.12We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the things freely given us by God.13And we speak about them not with words taught by human wisdom, but with words taught by the Spirit, describing spiritual realities in spiritual terms.*14Now the natural person* does not accept what pertains to the Spirit of God, for to him it is foolishness, and he cannot understand it, because it is judged spiritually.15The spiritual person, however, can judge everything but is not subject to judgment* by anyone.16For “who has known the mind of the Lord, so as to counsel him?” But we have the mind of Christ.ghttps://bible.usccb.org/bible/1corinthians/2
Read the Gospel of St. John very slowly and let this beautiful passage permeate your being.
The Vine and the Branches.1* “I am the true vine,* and my Father is the vine grower.a2He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and every one that does he prunes* so that it bears more fruit.3You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you.b4Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me.5I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.6*c Anyone who does not remain in me will be thrown out like a branch and wither; people will gather them and throw them into a fire and they will be burned.7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you.d8By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.e9As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love.f10If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.g11“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.h12This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.i13* No one has greater love than this,j to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.14You are my friends if you do what I command you.15I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends,* because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.k16It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.l17This I command you: love one another.mhttps://bible.usccb.org/bible/john/15
When you think that all of this Jesus stuff is just too incredulous to believe, you are correct, if you only live in two universes (the physical and the mental). With the Christ Principle as the answer to the six questions of life that everyone must seek and answer correctly, we are blessed indeed. These six questions are;
How much does all this cost? EveryTHING you have.
Be sure to read Chapter 4 of the Rule of St. Benedict every day.