“How was your day?”
“Text me when you get home so I know you’re safe”
“How are you?”
“I hope you’re feeling better”
“Have a good day today!”
“I miss you”
“Can you come over?”
“Can I come over?”
“Can I see you?”
“Can I call you?”
“Want something to drink?”
“Watch your step”
“Let’s watch a movie”
“What are you up to?”
“How is your day so far?”
“It will be okay”
“I’m here for you”
“Do you need anything?”
“Are you hungry?”
“I just wanted to hear your voice”
“You just made my day”
You don’t have to hear “I Love You” to know that someone does. Listen carefully. People speak from the heart more often than you think.
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I love this.
Sursum Corda: “Lift up your hearts”
The Eastern, Oriental, and Western churches have an segment during the Anaphora called the Sursum Corda.
The phrase “Sursum Corda” is Latin for “Lift up your hearts”, literally translated to “Up (the) hearts” or “Hearts lifted”.
We see the Sursum Corda in the Latin Rite as follows:
The full text in Latin is:
Priest: Dominus vobiscum.
People: Et cum spiritu tuo.
Priest: Sursum corda.
People: Habemus ad Dominum.
Priest: Gratias agamus Domino Deo nostro.
People: Dignum et iustum est.
The English translation, as contained in the Third Edition of the Roman Missal, reads as follows:
Priest: The LORD be with you.
People: And with your spirit.
Priest: Lift up your hearts.
People: We lift them up to the LORD.
Priest: Let us give thanks to the LORD our God.
People: It is right and just.
We see the Sursum Corda in the Syrian Orthodox, Malankara Orthodox, and Malankara Catholic liturgies (Liturgy of St. James) during the Anaphora as follows:
(The celebrant, placing his left hand on the altar, turns toward the people and blesses them, saying:) The love of God the Father +, the grace of the Only-begotten Son + and the fellowship and descent of the Holy Spirit + be with you all, my brethren, forever.
People: Amen. And with your spirit.
(The celebrant, extending and elevating his hands, says aloud:) Upward, where Christ sits on the right hand of God the Father, let our thoughts, minds and hearts be at this hour.
People: They are with the LORD God.
Celebrant: Let us give thanks to the LORD in awe.
People: It is meet and right.
SARSUM CORDA (Lift ye up)
Priest:- Up above where Christ sits………..
People:- With the Lord God are they, (our minds and our intellect and our hearts)
Priest:- Let us praise the Lord with reverence.
People:- Meet it is and right to do so.
Priest:- (Prays silently with waving of hands)
TERSANCTUS (Thrice Holy)
Priest:- (Prays aloud with hands outstretched)
People:- Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, by whose glory the heaven and the earth are filled, Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He who has come, and is to come in the name of the Lord God, Glory be to Him in the highest.
(Priest prays silently with waving of hands)
How did I come into this knowledge of what the Sursum Corda is?
St. Mathew 6:21 says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
When I read this tonight I heard an echo of what I hear during every mass I have attended:
“Lift up your hearts unto the Lord”.
We reply either confidently or as if just going through the motions,
“We lift them (minds, intellect, and hearts) unto the Lord”.
We then hear,
“Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God, in awe and reverence”.
“It is right and just”.
We hear the priest reply to us
“It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation always and everywhere to give you thanks Lord…”
[More or less similar wordings]
This part of the liturgy is our absolute surrender to God. It is us – giving our souls, our hearts, our intellect, our minds, our everything to God. It is us – coming to our Creator and saying “Here I am, Lord; Your servant is here” with the uttermost respect.
And to think that I was doing this right…with that little flicker of awe and act of solemnity.
See, you only surrender your heart to where your treasure is. And not just part of your treasure, but your everything. Your entire life’s worth. A treasure that is so divine and rich, you know your imagination cannot comprehend it. See, you only surrender, when you are absolutely certain nothing else matters compared to that treasure.
Now, I have awe and reverence when it comes to God, but to say that nothing else in my life matters – comm’n … that’s asking for quite a lot – right?
But see, nothing in my life would have even had a potential for existence (and thus have mattered) be it not for this Treasure (God).
The greatest treasure we have – is something that we all have access to: the source of all the treasures in the world. When we come into the presence of this Treasure, we tremble with awe and reverence naturally.
Oh boy….oh boy…
We see that Christ continues to preach in Gospel of St. Mathew that we cannot serve two masters. We cannot serve the source of the treasure – the Creator – and serve His creation. We need to pick one.
We can, however, serve the Creator, while serving His creation – by keeping the Creator first and foremost. By this I mean that God is love, and by serving God, we reflect His love upon all of His creation. This does not necessarily mean service, but acts of love. [Thus, maybe – the word “service” itself is a misnomer when it comes to serving the people.]
All this being said, we will not be able to put God first, if we are carrying other treasures in our hearts – and these can be not only good, but also very great and awesome treasures – such as family, friends, ideals, etc. If we are carrying any treasure other than God, without God – we are not surrendering. We are reciting the Sursum Corda in vain.
But – when we carry God in our hearts, minds, intellect – in our very soul; When unconditionally surrender to Him; When we make Him our ultimate treasure, all of our other treasures (family, friends, ideals, etc.) will be carried in Him. Thus, by making God our treasure – (as bad as it maybe to say this in this context) we are killing two birds with one stone.
I pray that we can truly lift up our hearts unto the Lord. I pray that our hearts will be with the Lord, because our hearts are where our treasures are.
He was led by the Spirit into the Wilderness
Why did He go out into the wilderness? Why away from civilization? He was taken by the Spirit. For what? To be tempted?
No, He was not led into the wilderness to be tempted. The devil shows up wherever he can to tempt. This shows that the devil will show up to tempt those are led by the Spirit — those who are called to be Holy, even as they are being led by the Spirit.
In Verse 13 we read, “Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an OPPORTUNE time.” This means, the devil showed up in the wilderness to tempt Christ, in every way he could, just to see what he was able to do and get away with as much as he could. When the devil saw that he wasn’t making progress on the Son of God, he decided to leave for now — but to come back … at an opportune time!! This means, the devil — not only tempts those who are led by the Spirit and called to Holiness, but when the one who is led by the Spirit and called to Holiness does not fall, the devil leaves — only to come back at an opportune time.
But, why did Christ go into the wilderness?
In verse 14, we read “Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee, and the news of Him went out through all the surrounding region. He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.” Thus, we learn — Christ went into the wilderness, not to be tempted but because He was called — called to be great. He started his mission by entering the wilderness.
God may be calling us into the wilderness — into uncertainty. Why? To get jumped in the hood or the jungle? No — rather to get enlightened. When we are open hearted to the Spirit, it will lead us into the wilderness, but it will also return us to where we come from in Its (the Spirit’s) power, in order that we may be used by the Spirit to lead others.