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." (6)

"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." (7)

"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)


Contemplatio

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 core,
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