Prologue of the Rule of St. Benedict, Sept. 5, 2016

Prologue cont’d

Jan. 5 – May 6 – Sept. 5

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).

Some thoughts from Gloriamarie

So far, the tone of the Prologue has been invitatory. Benedict’s role

is that of messenger as the invitation comes from God. Can you hear how eagerly God waits for us?

Yes, we are expected to amend our evil ways, but this section tells me that God will supply what I lack, all I have to do is follow His lead.

Another thing about invitations: they presuppose an RSVP. It’s only

polite after all, a courtesy to acknowledge and invitation and to

respond to it. So, what next? What will we do now? How important is

all this Good stuff to us? How much are we willing to give to God?


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