"May you have the power to comprehend . . . what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge." --Ephesians 3:18
Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation
St. Paul Writing His Epistles (detail), circa 1618-1620, attributed to Valentin de Boulogne (1591-1632).
St. Paul Writing His Epistles (detail), circa 1618-1620, attributed to Valentin de Boulogne (1591-1632).       
Understanding Paul Non-Dually
Summary 
Sunday, April 12, 2015 - Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Spirit in me awakens the only power that can obey the law or know its true purpose. (Sunday)

 

The purpose of spiritual law is to sharpen your own awareness about who you really are and who God is for you. There you will recognize your own radical insufficiency and, in that same movement, find God's fullness. (Monday)

 

You come to God not by being strong, but by being weak; not by being right, but through your mistakes. (Tuesday)

 

The revelation of the death and resurrection of Jesus forever redefines what success and winning mean--and it is not what any of us want or expect.(Wednesday)

 

Paul is indeed a teacher of adult Christianity. Keep experiencing your experiences, and depending on divine guidance as he did; watch how the scales begin to fall from your eyes as they did from Paul's (Acts 9:18). (Thursday)

 

If religion is to be reborn at any dynamic level that is really going to change society or change the world, we must understand that spiritual reality, consciousness, or Spirit, if you will, is the true reality and all the rest, including the material world, emerges from it. (Friday)
Practice 
Prayer for Understanding

Though we aren't certain if Paul personally or fully wrote the letter to the Ephesians that bears his name (it's more likely that one of Paul's students composed the letter), this passage beautifully summarizes Paul's deep longing for his faith community. "The power to comprehend" lies not in knowledge, but in experiencing our own weakness and being filled with the Spirit of Love.

 

Receive the blessing of this prayer, reading it several times slowly, aloud if possible, perhaps choosing a phrase to memorize and return to throughout your day:

 

I bow my knees before the Father,  
from whom every family
in heaven and on earth takes its name.

 

I pray that, according to the riches of God's glory,

God may grant that you may be strengthened

in your inner being with power through the Spirit, 

and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith,

as you are being rooted and grounded in love. 

 

I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints,

what is the breadth

and length

and height

and depth, 

and to know the love of Christ

that surpasses knowledge,

so that you may be filled

with all the fullness of God.

 

--Ephesians 3:14-19

Gateway to Silence
"When I am weak, then I am strong" (2 Corinthians 12:10).
For Further Study

St. Paul: The Misunderstood Mystic (CD, MP3 download)

Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality

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2015 Daily Meditation Theme

Richard Rohr's meditations this year explore his "Wisdom Lineage," the teachers, texts, and traditions that have most influenced his spirituality. Read an introduction to the year's theme and view a list of the elements of Fr. Richard's lineage in CAC's January newsletter, the Mendicant.  

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