Helping God Help Others

Thursday 30th March
 
1 Corinthians 10:3-4
And all ate the same spiritual food
and drank the same spiritual drink,
which was Christ.
 
Our prayer is food for God.
We also feed from the divine as we pray.
– Regina Ryan

Our life of prayer
is a means by which God feeds us with divine presence;
a means by which we open the channels
to receive what God longs to give us.
The Eucharist, in our tradition,
is the ultimate form of prayer for a Christian.
As we celebrate the Eucharist together
we enter into the deepest means of communion with God;
as we receive the gifts of bread and wine
we consume the bread of life and drink from the true vine.
It is the foundation of our life of prayer,
all other prayer flows from this.
But prayer is not simply about what God gives to us,
it is also about what we give to God.
As Regina Ryan tells us in the above quote,
our prayer is food for God;
God feeds off our prayer as much as we feed off God.
Faith is about relationship and relationships are two way encounters.
God does not stand in the distance, aloof from creation;
through Jesus, God chose to be at the heart of life
working with creation.
One spiritual teacher of our faith says
we are called to be tasty morsels for God;
our prayer is a tasty morsel that God uses
to feed the world with divine love and presence.
At one of our First Communion classes
one of the children when asked what prayer is said:
“Prayer is helping God to help others”.
That seems a pretty good definition of prayer to me.
A tasty morsel indeed.

You Are the Mystery by St. Augustine
You are the mystery
That is placed upon the Lord’s Table.
You receive the mystery that is yourself.
To that which you are, you will respond:
“Amen”.

 
Christ has no Body but Yours by Teresa of Avila
Christ has nobody but yours
No hands and feet on earth but yours.
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
compassion on this world.
Yours are the feet with which he walks
to do good.
Yours are the hands with which he blesses
all the world.
Yours are the hands, Yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, You are His body.