AHC G Why Meditate on Scripture? - Hebrew Catholics

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Why Meditate On Scripture?

A Hebrew Catholic Perspective


We are disciples of Jesus Christ. A disciple is one who prays in union with Jesus Christ. And the prayer of a disciple includes reflection on the Word of God. We call this Communion in the Word. We also call it meditation. Many of our contemporaries would not. However, in our Hebrew Catholic approach to the assiduous Study of Sacred Scripture we share a common Judaic-Christian tradition of obeying God:

●    “Hear O Israel..! — Deuteronomy 6: 4 — Read: “Shema — Listen and Hear!”
●    “Listen to Him!   — Luke 9: 35 — Read: “Listening to Christ the Word!”

Thus, responding to God appropriately in this way — in all our humanness, inadequacy and clumsiness — all bundled together, we can emphatically call this meditation in the very best sense of the word!

“With the coming of Jesus we are invited to a union with God that is
beyond our wildest imagining. We are invited to share in the life of God.
(This is what “grace” is: the favour of sharing in God’s own life).
By this sharing in God’s life we share in his mind and heart:
we share in God’s own act of knowing, |in God’s own act of loving,
and in the joy, the beatitude that God finds in living His life of love.”

(Quotation from “Make Me A Sabbath of Your Heart”
by David M. Knight, Dimension Books, New Jersey, 1982)

In short, we meditate because it is God who calls us into his Presence, who seeks our company, in fact who makes us members of His own Household, and who even seeks to share His created as well as uncreated gifts with us. Who could refuse such an invitation?

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