Second Week - 1 & 2

For most of us, prayer does not fall into categories. Instead, our prayer falls over the matter like a mountains stream falling through its rocky bed - one way or another.

Keep in mind how useful you will find reading the lives of great?souled people, particularly of the saints.

What I want now gets very simple: to know, to love, to follow Jesus, my Lord.

You are asking for an "intimate knowledge" of Jesus. This intimacy goes two ways - into Jesus and into yourself. You want reverently to feel what Jesus felt, to see with His eyes, to think what He thought, even to do what He did. This is very intimate to the Lord. But such knowledge of any other person is impossible to the one who does not go into himself as well. So you will discover that "intimate knowledge" of Jesus reveals you to yourself at the same time. Jesus really is the Way.

1. The Kingdom

2. Ephesians 1:3-14 God's Plan

3. Matthew 4:18-25 Jesusí Call

4. Repetition of THE KINGDOM

5. Contemplating The Incarnation

6. John1: 1-18 Jesus Christ stands at the beginning of all creation. He comes into our flesh, as it is.  Going through it all, He transforms me, and all humankind.

7. Luke 1:26-56 The Annunciation and the Visitation.  Gabriel says, "Hail, full of grace." He tells about God's confirming action: Elizabeth is pregnant with John the Baptist. Mary replies,
"Behold the handmaid of the Lord."

Welcome, Lord Jesus Christ,
Into our flesh, into the heart of humanness.
I welcome Your godly holiness upon earth.
I welcome Your complete humanness upon my life world.
I welcome You, Yourself, into my life and self.
I thank You that I may embrace humanity and find myself embracing You.
For You remain in our flesh now and forever,
Among humankind whose eyes reflect Your eyes,
Whose use of words matches Your use of words,
Whose need of You matches Your willing need for us.