Meditation is the second rung on the monk’s ladder to knowing God. After hours and months of slowly reading scripture, the humble monk would carry those scriptures of the heart up the ladder to the next rung. There in silence, the true monk will meditate on scripture. It is like knowing God by heart.
Verses that stay trapped in your brain are unable to help you experience God. They help you to know about God. But remember that monastic theology is all about knowing God in the most intimate sense. The Word was always with God and the Word is God.
So unleash the Word allowing him to reverberate through your heart in meditation. Become aware of feelings that well up in your heart as you reflect on the text so that the Word will remain there. This is how you move the verses from your brain to your heart. It will grow into a well spring of life flowing from your soul.
While other theologians are busy analyzing God, why not become one of the theologians who experiences God? Knowing Jesus, the one, only, and final Word, requires relational experience. How can you claim to love God unless his Word lives in your heart through meditation on scripture?
Calvin Wulf is a writer, spiritual director, and retreat facilitator who lives in Colorado with his wife Lisa. He has a passion for Christian spiritual formation drawing from the ancient spiritual traditions of the Apostles, and Christian sages through the ages. He is also a vowed oblate of the contemplative monastic Order of Julian of Norwich.
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