For a more enriching experience,
go down on your knees to pray or take it one step further
and prostrate yourself (lay face down) on the floor while praying.
Father, today's reading below is very powerful in that it calls to mind 'the empty space'. If I leave a space empty or void, then it is open to being filled. It does not matter if I am purging my home of clutter, purging my body of impurities or purging my associations of people, that space seeks to be filled by something else. Saint Augustine of Hippo described this empty space as the 'God-shaped hole or void' which only You can fulfill. Anything left vacant is subject to being filled or even infiltrated by something less than what was there previously. This is how I can end up digging a deeper hole. If I do not remain aware and conscious of You at all times, then this vacant space can easily cause me to be less than what You purposed me to be. Father this is so powerful and I thank You for this awareness. Thank You for reminding me that when I clean, purge or detox any area of my Life, whether that is physical, emotional, chemical or spiritual, that vacant space needs to be filled by You.
Father I extend an open invitation to You into my Life. Whatever I need, whenever I need it, for as long as I need it, I ask that You take over and fill the empty spaces of my Life with Yourself. I ask You to get right on in there, get right on in there into the smallest spaces of my being, and take over my Life. I ask You to push and purge any hint or crumb of negativity or fear out of my Life. Fear and negativity are not You, that is the other guy. It is clear, without You fully present and accounted for in my Life, I would be everything You did not create me to be. Father, I am stronger than I have admitted to or allowed myself to be when I am walking in weakness. I am done with that and from now on when I encounter or feel that void, I will literally stop and fill up with You. Thank You Father, thank You so much for the reading below, Your Son Jesus and His Infinite Wisdom.
Through Jesus Christ's Most Precious Blood, Most Sacred Name and Most Holy Face, I thank You for this awareness. Amen~
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John
13 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
14 In the temple He found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers at their business.
15 And making a whip of cords, He drove them all, with the sheep and oxen, out of the temple; and He poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables.
16 And He told those who sold the pigeons, "Take these things away; you shall not make my Father's house a house of trade."
17 His disciples remembered that it was written, "Zeal for thy house will consume me."
18 The Jews then said to Him, "What sign have You to show us for doing this?"
19 Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up."
20 The Jews then said, "It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?"
21 But He spoke of the temple of His body.
22 When therefore He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word which Jesus had spoken.
23 Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did;
24 but Jesus did not trust Himself to them,
25 because He knew all men and needed no one to bear witness of man; for He Himself knew what was in man.
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ
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