But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. –Matthew 6:33, NRSV
That love alone can sustain our spiritual lives is the truth I think Jesus was getting at – and the truth that Frances was able to live – when he told his disciples to take nothing with them for their journey. You see, only when we are willing to set aside what we have strived for and achieved can we come to rely solely on God’s generosity and the generosity of others. And it is precisely this unearned generosity that teaches us grace, which then frees us to receive God’s unconditional love. –Dustin Davis, Disarmingly Simple
- How can “love alone” sustain your spiritual life?
- Imagine being free to receive God’s unconditional love. What is currently restricting you from fully receiving divine love, grace, and generosity?
- Prayerfully dwell with Matthew 6:33. What is God’s invitation to you in this text?
You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. –Ephesians 4:22-24, NRSV
The call to simplicity in our spiritual lives is not an easy one to follow, I believe, because it forces us to confront our individualistic illusions of self-sufficiency. In his book called Eager to Love about St. Francis of Assisi and Franciscan spirituality, Rohr says, “In terms of spirituality, as in good art, less is usually more. Or, to put it another way, small is beautiful. Only by continually choosing a philosophy of ‘less’ that is willing to wait for God’s ‘more,’ will we grow and transform, since we have then learned to be taught by smallness and ordinariness…[Francis] rebuilt the spiritual life on ‘love alone,’ and let go of the lower-level needs of social esteem, security, self-image, and manufacturing of persona.” –Dustin Davis, Disarmingly Simple
- What illusions of self-sufficiency is the Lenten season calling you to confront?
- When have you been transformed by “love alone?”
- Prayerfully dwell with Ephesians 4:22-24. What is God’s invitation to you in this text?