We have often heard about people ‘possessed’ by an evil spirit, receiving an exorcism or prayers of deliverance. The exact opposite of this is to be ‘possessed’ by God. This is expressed by St Paul in the reading from today’s Morning Prayer: “I live now not with my own life but with the life of Christ who lives in me. The life I now live in this body I live in faith: faith in the Son of God who loved me and who sacrificed himself for my sake.” Gal 2:19-20
A similar sentiment is expressed by St Gertrude in today’s Office of Readings: “May my soul bless you, O Lord God my Creator, may my soul bless you. From the very core of my being may all your merciful gifts sing your praise. Your generous care for your daughter has been rich in mercy; indeed it has been immeasurable, and as far as I am able I give you thanks. I praise and glorify your great patience which bore with me even though, from my infancy and childhood, youth and early womanhood, until I was nearly twenty-six, I was always so blindly irresponsible.”
Please read these two excerpts again slowly and prayerfully…
How do we become ‘possessed’ by God? It is as simple as giving ourselves wholeheartedly to the two great commandments: Love God with your whole heart, mind, soul and strength; and love your neighbour as yourself.
To this end and if you would like to begin the 9 novena prayer in preparation for the feast of Christ the King on Sunday week, this is the daily prayer.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Christ, our Saviour and our King, renew in me allegiance to Your Kingship. I pray for the grace to place You above the powers of this world in all things. O Prince of Peace, may Your reign be complete in my life and in the life of the world. Christ, my King, please answer these petitions if they be in accordance with Your Holy Will… [Mention your intentions here] As I reflect on Your second, glorious coming and the judgement of all mankind, I beg You to show me mercy and give me the grace to become a great saint. I pray that not only will I spend eternity with You but that You may use me – a sinner – to bring others into Your Kingdom for Your glory. Christ the King, Your Kingdom come! Amen. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.