Saturday, May 18, 2019

Messiaen: He has gone away

Saturday, May 18, 2019
    [Jesus:] “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
    —John 14:2-3 (KJV)
He has gone away, the Well-Beloved,
For our sake!
He is risen, the Well-Beloved,
For our sake!
He has prayed, the Well-Beloved,
For our sake!
He has spoken, He has sung,
The Word was with God.
Praises of the Father,
Substance of the Father,
The stamp and issue forever,
In Love!
Word of Love!
    ... Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992), Three Small Liturgies of the Divine Presence [1944], Paris: Editions Durand & Cie., c1952, sec. II (see the book)
    See also John 14:2-3; Matt. 28:20; Luke 24:26; John 13:3; 14:28; 16:28
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have sent us Your Spirit!
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