Reading: Psalm 119
Praise be to you, Lord;
teach me your decrees.
13 With my lips I recount
all the laws that come from your mouth.
14 I rejoice in following your statutes
as one rejoices in great riches.
15 I meditate on your precepts
and consider your ways.
16 I delight in your decrees;
I will not neglect your word.
To be silent does not mean to be inactive; rather it means to breathe in the will of God, to listen attentively and be ready to obey.
Meditating on the Word
Silent thinking and praying that comes from just listening can often be beneficial. It is not necessary for us to find new ideas in meditation. Often that only distracts us and satisfies our vanity. It is quite enough for the word, as we read and understand it, to penetrate us and live within us. As the word of the shepherds moved Mary “in her heart” (Luke 2:51), as a person’s word often stays in our minds, lives and works in us, occupies us, unsettles or delights us, without our being able to do anything about it, so in meditation God’s word wants to enter us and remain with us. It wants to move us and work in us.
Above all, it is not necessary in meditation for us to have some kind of unexpected, extraordinary experiences. It can happen, but if it does not, that is not a sign that our meditation is futile. From time to time we will notice a great inner barrenness and indifference, a lack of interest and even incapability in meditation. We must not then get stuck in such experiences. Above all, we must not let them keep us from keeping to our meditation time with great patience and faithfulness.