Reflection 169: Calm in the Presence of the King


Meeting someone of great power can be cause for excitement.  For example, meeting with the president of a company you wish to work at, or meeting someone famous for the first time, or meeting with the bishop or the Holy Father may all cause a certain excitement.  But it could also cause a certain fear and anxiety.  Of course the most important and “influential” person you will ever meet is your God.  God is Omnipotent and Omniscient, that is, All-Powerful and All-Knowing.  He is also All-Loving and, in that perfect love, descends from His throne of grace and majesty to converse with you, to care for you, and to fulfill every need that you have.  He comes to fill you with the abundance of joy.  Each “meeting” with our Lord must be one of great excitement in that it must be taken seriously, with attention and love being offered back to this most important Person you will ever come to know (See Diary #885).

What is your interior experience when you go to Him in prayer?  Is it an encounter in which you are overly casual and unprepared?  Is it an encounter that gives you fear and anxiety, looking for ways to avoid Him?  Or do you allow yourself to be comforted and consoled by the fact that the God of the Universe cares for you enough to step down from His throne of grace and converse with you in your weakness and sin?  The Lord’s perfect humility should delight and amaze you and give you courage to turn to Him with your whole heart.

Lord, I am amazed at Your love for me.  You who are the God of the Universe come to me in my weakness and sin.  You are attentive to me and offer the perfect care of a loving Father.  Help me to always be in awe of the humility You manifest as You descend from Your throne of grace and enter my soul.  Jesus, I trust in You.

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