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 Precious Blood, Most Sacred Name and Most Holy Face. ~Amen
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke
15 Some of them said, "By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he drives out demons."
16 Others, to test Him, asked Him for a sign from heaven.
17 But He knew their thoughts and said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house.
18 And if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that it is by Beelzebul that I drive out demons.
19 If I, then, drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own people drive them out? Therefore they will be your judges.
20 But if it is by the finger of God that (I) drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
21 When a strong man fully armed guards his palace, his possessions are safe.
22 But when one stronger than he attacks and overcomes him, he takes away the armor on which he relied and distributes the spoils.
23 Whoever is not with Me is against Me, and whoever does not gather with Me scatters.
24 When an unclean spirit goes out of someone, it roams through arid regions searching for rest but, finding none, it says, 'I shall return to my home from which I came.'
25 But upon returning, it finds it swept clean and put in order.
26 Then it goes and brings back seven other spirits more wicked than itself who move in and dwell there, and the last condition of that person is worse than the first."
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ
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