Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Messiaen: All encompassing in all places

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
    Commemoration of Martyrs of Papua New Guinea, 1942
For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
    —Psalm 139:13 (NIV)
All encompassing in all places,
All encompassing in each place,
Bestowing being upon each place,
On all that occupies a place,

The successive for You is simultaneous,
In these spaces and times that you created,
Satellites of your Gentleness.
Alight yourself like a seal, on my heart.
    ... Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992), Three Small Liturgies of the Divine Presence [1944], Paris: Editions Durand & Cie., c1952, sec. III
    See also Ps. 139; Job 38:4-5; Ps. 20:6; Ps. 34:18; Matt. 4:17; Col. 1:27; Jas. 4:8
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, enfold me in Your Spirit.

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