Lenten Devotion 2019
Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And the devil said to him, ‘To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.’ Jesus answered him, ‘It is written, “Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.” (Luke 4:5-8)
All great souls are simple souls. They know one thing. They think and feel one thing. They live with one clear image, one definite purpose to which they surrender their lives.
They seek to praise, reverence and serve God with their every word and action.
I don’t think Jesus wavered for a moment at the temptation to worship and serve the powers of evil and hate to gain power. I don’t think he blinked an eye as the evil one displayed the kingdoms of the world.
His heart was calm and his mind clear because he knew who he was … and whose he was.
His eye, mind and heart were fixed upon a single purpose: To reveal the loving beauty of God’s kingdom that we may see, know and enter the blessedness God has for every single soul … and for every single morsel of creation.
Jesus was pure of heart. Purity of heart is to will one thing: to love God and all that God loves with the fullness of heart, mind and soul.
Our divided, complicated hearts are not simple. We long for contradictory things. We often do not know what we want … or need … or what is truly good for us.
Jesus’ unwavering heart shows us the way. The purpose of our lives is to worship the Loving Mystery who reveals the divine heart to our hearts in Jesus … that, we, too, may have simple souls.
May your soul be simple, simply given to him, today.
Pr. David L. Miller