Daily Meditation – 22nd February 

Image above – Station 2 Jesus takes up the cross

‘The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to all the congregation of the  people of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God  am holy.’ (Leviticus 19.1-2) 

‘Fasting of the heart frees you from limitation and from preoccupation.  Fasting of the heart begets unity and freedom…. Look at this window: it is  nothing but a hole in the wall. So when the faculties are empty, the heart  is full of light. Being full of light, it becomes an influence by which others  are secretly transformed. This letting go, this fasting of the heart, is  perhaps what Jesus had in mind when he said, “The eye is the lamp of the  body.”’ (Nathan Mitchell) 

‘‘Do not aspire to be called holy before you
really are, but first be holy that you may
more truly be called so.’ (The Rule of St
Benedict, 4.62) 

The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the Lord  are sure, making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment  of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is pure, enduring for ever; the ordinances of the Lord  are true and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also  than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great  reward. (From Psalm 19) 

‘Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are  blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the  foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was  thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you  welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you  took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”’ (Matthew 25.34-36)