READING I: Isaiah 45:6c-8, 18, 21c-25
RESPONSORIAL: Psalms 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14
GOSPEL: Luke 7:18b-23
One of the great spiritual writers is remembered today. Born in Spain in 1542 and a great friend of St Theresa of Avila, John spent his life in mystical prayer and contemplation.
In his writing "The spiritual canticle" John makes a profound and disturbing statement; "it is impossible to attain the riches of the wisdom of God without entering into manifold suffering." John often spoke of the Dark Night of the Soul, that place where all seems lost and God seems to have deserted us. One of the problems for us moderns is that we want every great spiritual gift but with no effort as if we were going down to McDonalds and ordering it. Unfortunately it is not like that and the quicker we learn this the sooner we shall get on with some real spiritual living. The modern fad for spiritual wisdom from a book is a shallow spirituality that is of no use when the chips are down and the time of testing comes.