I was up before the dawn to take my daughter to work. There it was the velvet sky with the moon shining brightly and a scattering of stars to dust the sky. I was filled with wonder and couldn't wait to be able to get home and meditate under that sky.
I was not disappointed. The celestial dance began with the moon beginning to set and fade and the sun rising and growing lighter and lighter. I was reminded of a quote of Pope Francis:
" Jesus is the sun and Mary is the dawn announcing his rising."
As I watched in wonder my heart felt as though it would burst with love for my Beloved. He had created this morning just for me. It was His Gift to this little sinner sitting in the desert. But he was not done with His Tender Mercies. No He had so much more in store for me.
Opening my reading for the day on my Retreat to Consecration to the Blessed Mother the words of Mother Teresa broke my heart open!
"Our Lady's role is to bring you face to face...with the love in the Heart of Jesus Crucified."
Mother Teresa goes on to remind us the Our Blessed Mother is pleading with us to "listen to Jesus' thirst."
I continued to meditate while pruning the unruly shrubs. They aren't shaped as I would like them. I thought well I am not shaped as Jesus would like me to be either. A clip here and a snip there. I stopped to look again at the moon and then I saw the tool in my hand. A pair of rusty pruners. My prayer life is like that rusty pair of pruners. I know what I want, but instead of maintaining them so that them are efficient and useful, I have left them to rust in the dark corner of the shed. Forgotten.
A prayer life can be like that, rusty, not efficient and left in a dark corner, forgotten. But then you take it out and dust it off. You clean off the rust and oil the hinge and immediately it is more efficient. Now it is ready to shape your life. To make it a worthy gift to give our Lord.
Wow what a morning!