You will show me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy, and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore. (Psalm 16:11 The Book of Common Prayer, p.600).
All the news, politics and information are going wild these days. It seems to suck all of the oxygen out of our lives. It is easy to become confused, frustrated and depressed.
Among our many problems is that we can give ourselves over to a type of spiritual sleep walking without thinking about it. We pray. We read the Scriptures. We attend Mass and read holy books. We experience these things, because we are taken off of the path that leads to life, fullness of joy and pleasures from God’s goodness.
These words for Psalm 16:11 tell us to let go and let God by faith and trust to point us to God’s path of life. A life that is full of God’s joy as God shares with us God’s pleasures. We are invited into the experience of contemplative prayer with the opportunity to center ourselves on what is really important. It is not our labels, political positions or confusion that shows us where to go or what to do. It is God’s unconditional love that invites us to journey with the Risen Christ as He reveals the holiness of God in our broken and wounded world. As we follow the path of life that God shows us, we experience the joys of God as God’s pleasures are shared with and by all of us who are God’s children.
May we take some time to spend in silence and solitude with God, so that we may once again be redirected to the way God wishes for us to go.
Br. Anselm Philip King-Lowe, n/OSB