St Martha | Monday 29 July

Today is Monday, the 29 July, the feast of Saint Martha, in the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time.

It is the Spirit of love who gives life. God is the source of all life, the one in whom we live and move and have our being.  As I look around me now, at the people around me, can I sense the presence of that God?  Can I sense God’s Holy Spirit here?  In these people?  In me?

Today’s reading is from the First Letter of John.

The argument of this passage is quite hard to follow when you first hear it. But it’s clearly about love. “God is love” we’re told directly, twice. Think of your own experience of loving, or of being loved. What does this experience tell you about the God who is love?

We’re also told that God “abides” is us, and we “abide” in God. Not an everyday word. But it clearly suggests that we are very close to God, and God is very close to us. How does it feel to be so close to God? Comforting, threatening, challenging? Or what?

As you listen again, notice especially the connections the reading makes between God’s love for us, and His desire to live with us.

In the last moments of this prayer, make some reply to the God who comes close to you and tells you that you are loved.