Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen!’ (Matthew 13:8 and 9 NRSV).
No wonder St. Benedict began the Prologue of The Rule with, “Listen. Incline the ear of the your heart.” It is only with an openness of our entire selves listening for the Holy Spirit to plant the seeds of God’s love into the good soil within us. If our interior soil is to bear good fruit, we must first yield our entire selves to all of God’s Goodness.
Contemplative prayer is about letting our soil be tilled by God’s sanctifying Grace as God reveals God’s Self to us in solitude, relationships and within the depth of our heart. Once the Word is planted deep within us, and we trust in God to provide the water, the sunlight and the sun; the God who knows us better than we know ourselves will give us the mystic experience of new life. We do not have to decide what is going to happen as we grow all by ourselves. However, we must let go of our false-sense of self so that the center where our eternal truth will search for and find union with God’s Spirit of Truth; so that our true sense of self can grow from the good soil that God cares for.
Are you listening for God to bring good fruit from within you?
Brother Anselm Philip King-Lowe, OSB