Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Three Favorite Verses

Thank you, Amanda Rose at Little Steps Along the Way for tagging me in my first ever blogging meme. A meme (rhymes with dream) is a blog post topic that is passed around, shared. This time around the theme is:

 "Three Favorite Scripture Verses." 

The rules are:

1.Write a post on your three favorite verses from the Bible and why you like them.
2. Link back to this post.
3. In your post tag three other bloggers to carry this theme forward, link to you and tag additional bloggers.

My Three Favorite Verses:

John 6:54-55 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.

The Eucharist has become the center of my life. My greatest joy. My strength. My source of wisdom and guide for discernment. Life now, and hope for life eternal.

John 17:20-21 I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me.

When Our Lord prayed on the night He was betrayed, the night before His death on my behalf, He prayed that we would be one. This prayer haunts me. It is becoming my life's prayer. If I stand before His Throne one day, this will be my prayer at Heaven's Altar. May we be one, with a unity that exists between the divine Father and divine Son - so that the world may know Jesus Christ - and believe. True, holy, perfect and visible unity among Christians throughout the world.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare, not for woe! plans to give you a future full of hope. When you call me, when you go to pray to me, I will listen to you. When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart...

This third "favorite" verse changes for me, depending on what God is saying to me. Today, Jeremiah 29:11 is on my heart. It has always been a favorite verse, but lately, I am seeing this passage through ecclesial eyes - and not simply through my own lens. The promise remains true for me personally, but I am beginning to see this (and other verses) through the view of the Church. And this shift in vision is helping me to see how I fit into that ecclesial body, that organic whole -just as the Lord was speaking to all of Israel (and also speaking to Jeremiah personally). Likewise, the Lord speaks to me personally, but I cannot limit this message of hope (and its promise) in my life only. It also matters to me in the context of the whole Body of Christ.

You are invited to share your favorite verse (or two or three) below in the combox, but be sure to say WHY you love it, too!

I tag bloggers:

Sharon at Holy Writing
Jennifer at A Catholic Mom after God's Own Heart
Celeste at A Perpetual Jubilee

1 comment:

  1. Love your verses, Denise! Jeremiah is one of my favorites, but I have only applied it to myself. I enjoy how you explained its ecclesial significance. Thanks!
    And thank you for playing along in my first meme! You did great, of course!