How rich and beautiful Scripture is! The Old Testament that grounds us in our covenential existence with our Creator God. The New Testament with the fulfillment of that covenential relationship through Christ. Our human existence is profound; who we are and whose we are is well defined. Our path is well lit for us back to our Father’s loving arms; from our creation to our eternal existence. It is all laid out before us like a bountiful banquet. We are invited to feast on the variety and richness of it all.
So how’s that going for you? A good question to reflect on during this Season of Lent. A good place to be in our pondering what we will be celebrating on Easter Sunday. And, Lent is for just this purpose. So, we give things up (that we probably didn’t need in our lives anyway), or do things (most of which we should already be doing) in an effort to develop or enhance a discipline in ourselves that brings us a step closer to a fuller relationship with our God.
I was reading a book today and found a very interesting exercise. One that can be done any season of our life, but which struck me as being very Lenten, so to speak. It is a creative alternative to examining one’s conscience. The meditation involves you writing a ‘new testament’. That is, writing of our experiences in this beautiful existence we each share; our lives. Here is the exercise which comes from, “Hearts on Fire: Praying with Jesus”, edited by Michael Harter, SJ, and published by Loyola Press. This meditation is wrtitten by Anthony De Mello, SJ.
“I imagine that today I am to die. I ask for time to be alone and write down for my friends a sort of testament for which the points that follow could serve as chapter titles.
- These things I have loved in life; things I have tasted, looked at, smelled, heard, touched
- These experiences I have cherished
- These ideas have brought me liberation
- These beliefs I have outgrown
- These convictions I have lived by
- These things I have lived for
- These insights I have gained in the school of life; insights into God, the world, human nature, Jesus Christ, love, religion, prayer
- These risks I took; these dangers I have courted
- These sufferings have seasoned me
- These lessons life has taught me
- These influences have shaped me; persons, occupations, books, relationships, events
- These Scripture texts have lit my path
- These things I regret about my life
- These are my life’s achievements
- These persons are enshrined in my heart
- These are my unfulfilled desires