The Lord is waiting everyday

January 5, 2010

 

From the Rule of St Benedict:

Hence the Lord says in the Gospel, 
“Whoever listens to these words of Mine and acts upon them, 
I will liken to a wise person 
who built a house on rock.
The floods came, 
the winds blew and beat against that house, 
and it did not fall, 
because it had been founded on rock” (Matt. 7:24-25).

Having given us these assurances, 
the Lord is waiting every day 
for us to respond by our deeds to His holy admonitions. 
And the days of this life are lengthened 
and a truce granted us for this very reason, 
that we may amend our evil ways. 
As the Apostle says, 
“Do you not know that God’s patience is inviting you to repent” (Rom. 2:4)?
For the merciful Lord tells us, 
“I desire not the death of the sinner, 
but that the sinner should be converted and live” (Ezech. 33:11).

One Stanbrook nun wrote that the backdrop to the Prologue is the story of the Prodigal Son. Useful to keep that image in your mind as we work our way through the Prologue.

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