III. Reading
(Little Catechism of the Life of Prayer, 2.8, 3.7-13)

"You have been born anew, not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and abiding word of God, for: 'all flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of the field; the grass withers, and the flower wilts; but the word of the Lord remains forever.' This is the word that has been proclaimed to you." (1 Peter 1.23-25)

Seeding The Word

The text, chosen with thoughtful care,
Is set before the heart at peace;
Slowly, the mind distils, for prayer,
The essence that the words release.

The purpose of the text is clear:
Engaging the mind to ponder;
Expanding the stilled heart to hear,
The Word with joy and sheer wonder.

The text meets the soul on its way:
Not too advanced nor far afield;
To nourish the heart for the day,
Seeding prayer for a heavy yield.

Scripture provides the purest seed:
The Word set in the Gospel's clear;
The Psalms speak for us in our need --
No richer text could we revere.

Each day a new text is seeded;
In prayerful hearts, tilled and weeded.

"It is also a great help to have a good book, written in the vernacular, simply as an aid to recollection." (St. Teresa of Jesus, Way of Perfection, chapter 26)

Holy Spirit, may the seed of Scripture, planted in prayer, take root deep in our souls, and yield an abundant harvest of God's grace. Amen.

(c) Paul Buis, 2007