Night Prayer Scripture: Thursday

In the Liturgy of the Hours, the Psalms come to the foreground of our prayer. Prose passages from the Bible are more brief, and tend to recede into the background. But that doesn’t mean they are insignificant. Take tonight’s verse from an early letter of Saint Paul:

May the God of peace himself make you perfectly holy and may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body, be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:23, NABRE)

What this suggests to me is that the human person is a whole. We do not have sections disconnected from the others. We rise and labor as unified beings, as Christians for the Reign of God.

We end our day and we rest, in body, mind, and spirit. Even if we have made a work (labora) of praying (ora) through the day, we place our consciousness, activity, memories, and everything into God’s hands. We slip into sleep, and perhaps, as our mind moves into dreams, God will gently nudge us. Hopefully the rest is a good one, and we can emerge into a new day upon waking, feeling inspired to walk a way of blamelessness and virtue.

About catholicsensibility

Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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