Contemplating The Word
Contemplatio is the full reception of His Word within.
As the strength of His grace is absorbed,
the means of living His Word is received.
The seedlings of the Word grow and thrive,
absorbing the nourishment provided by the
rays of divine light.
"Then the kingdom of heaven will be
like ten virgins who took their lamps and
went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of
them were foolish and five were wise. The
foolish ones, when taking their lamps, brought
no oil with them, but the wise brought flasks
of oil with their lamps. Since the bridegroom
was long delayed, they all became drowsy
and fell asleep. At midnight, there was a
cry, 'Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to
meet him!' …those who were ready went into
the wedding feast with him. Then the door
was locked…Therefore, stay awake, for you
know neither the day nor the hour."
"The Spirit and the bride say, 'Come.'
Let the hearer say, 'Come.' Let the one who
thirsts come forward, and the one who wants
it receive the gift of life-giving water."
"Let him kiss me with kisses of his
mouth! More delightful is your love than
wine! Your name spoken is a spreading perfume-
that is why the maidens love you. Draw me!-
We will follow you eagerly! Bring me, O king,
to your chambers. With you we rejoice and
exult, we extol your love; it is beyond wine:
how rightly you are loved!" (8)
Her distracting senses are stilled;
Her heart and mind passively lay.
Deep yearning for His love has filled
Her soul -- she thirsts in His delay.
Though thirst has parched her to the
Her faith and hope in Him are strong:
They burn more brightly than before;
She trusts He will not delay long.
This thirst and trust enlarge her soul
The banquet hall which hosts His feast;
When He arrives, she'll be made whole
His love is lavished on the least.
No one can tell when He'll arrive;
She holds vigil with lantern bright.
In faith and hope, her soul will strive,
To wait for Him throughout the night.
Maranatha! He will come soon,
To pierce the night with love's high noon.
May the Bridegroom be drawn to the banquet
halls of our souls as we yearn in faith and
hope for His coming.
6. Matthew 25:1-6,10b,13
7. Revelations 22:17
8. Song of Songs 1:2-4
(c) Paul Buis, 2004