Meditation is an ideal way to pray. Using God's word (Lectio Divina) allows me to hear, listen and reflect on what the Lord wants to say to me - to one of his disciples - just like He did two thousand years ago.
The best time to reflect is at the beginning of the day and for at least 15 to 30 minutes.
Prior to going to sleep, read the Mass readings for the next day and then, in the morning, reflect on the Meditation offered on this website.
I hope these daily meditations allow you to know, love and imitate the Lord in a more meaningful way.
God bless you!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

John 3:22-30 Decreasing to Increase

John 3:22-30 Decreasing to Increase

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The Lord always provides. He knows how to knock us down - to our knees. In doing so, I decrease and he increases. It is not a matter of God being a bully. It is a matter of me being stubborn. I simply refuse to change. I do not like being told how I should live my life; what I should do. It pains me to live a richer life. I prefer to live a life of ceremonial washings: to look clean on the outside but not on the inside; to smile rather than to seek peace. We all know what this world demands: perfection. And we all know the brutal truth: I cannot give it.

And yet, “The Lord takes delight in his people” (Ps 149:4a). The Lord loves us more than we love him because he loves the underdog – just as we love him. He loves those who have lost a loved one. He loves those whose love has been rejected. He loves the meek and humble of heart. He loves the powerful that become weak for his sake. The Lord truly takes delight in his people.

Can there be such a people? Yes. Those who allow the Lord to bend and twist us, and fashion us in the image and likeness of his Son – without falling apart – are the apple of his eye. In fact, the finest fruit hang from the tree to maturity without falling to the ground. They are ready to be harvested not by the wind or rain, or stormy weather, but by the hand of the Master. They hang on to dear life in order to be picked by Him and consumed for his delight.

I decrease for Him and for Him alone. I bend; I twist myself around His Will and His alone. In doing so, this joy of mine is made complete. He must increase; I must decrease. The order of things is restored. My life belongs to Him. All things belong to Him. I use them with love and care. I use them for only one purpose, one goal: Thy Will Be Done!

Decreasing is hard to do. So is giving and forgiving. But decreasing for the Lord means to love more – to give more and to forgive more. Decreasing means to burn the candle at both ends of the stick. To be a light that radiates in the darkness. To be a light in the image and likeness of the One who is the Light of the world.

The Lord is the first to decrease – to become man; to come from Heaven to earth and to become one with his creation. The Lord asks of us what he did for us. He asks us to come down, to become small, and to be like a child. To allow ourselves to be a grain of wheat, a mustard seed, that dies so as to bear fruit, much fruit that will last an eternity.


  1. Beautiful Meditation Father!

    And so true! This is what I was reflecting on morning when I read and meditated on the readings. The line from the Gospel,"He must increase; I must decrease", spoke to me. I read it over and over a few times, really reflecting on it and what it means to me.

    I know for me that is one of my goals is to get to a point where I am His "marionette". So that when He moves the strings I will just follow, not surrender to His will for my life. To get there, to that point, I know I must decrease my will, break it, to allow room for Him and His will. I am working on that.

    Thank you so much for your spiritual direction and guidance! And of course for you! We really appreciate you!

    God Bless, Rose :)

  2. A very short poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay,
    "My candle burns at both ends. It will not last the night. But, ah my foes and oh my friends, it gives a lovely light." This is not a profound commentary on Father Alfonse's meditation, but thought I would share it. It is timeless.

  3. I watched the movie "Franceso - Francis of Assisi" last night and found it very disturbing in so many ways because it did reveal the brutal truth without embellishments. St. Francis preached through the example of his life. I just found the meditation to be so aligned with that - to be meek and humble.


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