What would be your answer to the following four questions that I received from the Holy Spirit during my last two Lectio Divina meditations? I don’t have answers as much as further questions about these ideas. I want you to think about them in the recesses of your heart and ponder them, rather than do the usual, which is write them down and forget them.

  1. Why did Jesus leave us Himself as real Divinity and real Humanity under the appearance of bread and wine (transubstantiation), rather then just a remembrance (like remembering your birthday each year)? Is there a difference in having that same Jesus that told us, “love one another as I have loved you” where I can transform myself from my false selt to my true self in the Eucharist. I can touch, feel, sense, see, react to Jesus under the appearance of that seemingly innocuous wafer of bread. Do I profoundly believe in that real presence or, like 70% of Catholics in a recent poll, just think it is like going to the ball park and buying a hotdog? It makes a difference in you and the way you approach Christ in your contemplative prayer. If you sit on the park bench in the dead of Winter and wait for Jesus but that Jesus is not real but only your imagination going berserk, are you deceiving yourself with your false self’s illusions? I answered it for myself, can you?
  2. Do you resist practicing good works because those words are linked to a medieval notion that you can somehow get to heaven without faith just by doing these works alone as ends in themselves? Or, as held by St. Benedict and Holy Scripture, are good works the result of your Faith and thus belief in the presence of Christ in your heart, and you move from your old self to your new self when you do these good works? There are only three kinds of works: good works that come from Faith, bad works that come from the World, and no works that comes from someone who believes there is no God.

The Similes of Salt and Light.*13i “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.*14You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.j15Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house.k16Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.l

3. Do you know what Jesus looks like? Why not? He is the most important person in my life and the Christ Principle with which all reality makes sense, so why don’t we have a photo of Him? Actually, that is the wrong question to ask. Wrong questions give wrong answers. I think the correct question is: in my lifetime of seventy or eighty years have I learned how to see Jesus, using all the ways He has left to His disciples to see him? I used Lay Cistercian practices that are part of the Cistercian spiritual system. When I place myself in the presence of God by invoking the Holy Spirit, I see Christ there, not physically but spiritually. My heart is transformed by the heart of Christ to move from dissonance to resonance in the depth of my being. Prayerfully read St. John’s Gospel and try to see Jesus.

Last Supper Discourses.1* “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith* in God; have faith also in me.2In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?3* And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be.a4Where [I] am going you know the way.”*5Thomas said to him, “Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?”6Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth* and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.b7If you know me, then you will also know my Father.* From now on you do know him and have seen him.”c8Philip said to him, “Master, show us the Father,* and that will be enough for us.”d9Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?e10Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own. The Father who dwells in me is doing his works.f11Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else, believe because of the works themselves.g12Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father.h13And whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.i14If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.

The Advocate.15“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.j16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate* to be with you always,k17the Spirit of truth,* which the world cannot accept because it neither sees nor knows it. But you know it, because it remains with you, and will be in you.l18I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.*19In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me, because I live and you will live.m20On that day you will realize that I am in my Father and you are in me and I in you.n21Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”o22Judas, not the Iscariot,* said to him, “Master, [then] what happened that you will reveal yourself to us and not to the world?”p23Jesus answered and said to him, “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.q24Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me.25“I have told you this while I am with you.26The Advocate, the holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name—he will teach you everything and remind you of all that [I] told you.r27Peace* I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.s28* You heard me tell you, ‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’t If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father; for the Father is greater than I.29And now I have told you this before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe.u30I will no longer speak much with you, for the ruler of the world* is coming. He has no power over me,31but the world must know that I love the Father and that I do just as the Father has commanded me. Get up, let us go.v

If you cannot see Jesus in your neighbor, those who hate you, those who calumniate against you, those who are sick, the mentally suffering, why not?

4. If you love God with all your heart, all your mind, and all your strength, and your neighbor as yourself? Matthew 22:36. If you really believe that with all your heart, what are you not doing now that you should love others as Christ loves us.

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