Scripture Reading: Psalms 27:4
Today’s reflection is anchored on lingering in His Presence. It is a call to abandon our agenda for His agenda. The word “linger” means, “to stay in a place longer than necessary, typically because of a reluctance to leave; to spend a long time over something.” King David says in Psalms 27:4, “One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in His temple.”
We are reminded of people like Mary who sat at the feet of Jesus and chose the better portion rather than the busyness of life. We are reminded of John the beloved reclining onto the chest of Jesus, and we are reminded of the woman who broke that alabaster vessel at the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair.
These people were “lingerers”. They knew what it meant not to be in a hurry to leave the presence of God. They spent a long time with Jesus. They remained longer than necessary without concern of inconvenience. They simply desired Him. Here is a question to ask ourselves, how long is too long to remain in His presence? If we desire to depart from His presence, then we have departed from the desire to know Him, and our marriage to Him is a sham.
God is desiring those who will perpetually linger in His presence. We must understand that lingering is for the committed bride, and it is not reserved for corporate gatherings. Lingerers refuse to disappear, and they refuse to let their love die for Christ. They are always engaged with the King, and because of their relationship with God, they become the fragranced ones. Intimacy with Christ leads to carrying His fragrance upon our lives. His anointing carries a weight, but it also carries a fragrance. St. Paul says, “But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of Him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.” (2 Cor. 2:14-15)
I encourage you to be a lingerer and a fragranced one for Christ. Get comfortable with yourself in His presence. You cannot release what you do not possess. It is not our order and the limitations of religion that attracts King Jesus. Lingerers and fragranced ones attract His attention, and I would rather be a broken vessel releasing the fragrance of Christ than a white washed tomb holding the stench of death. This world needs to encounter Christians who refuse to leave His Presence and carry His aroma upon their lives.
Acts 7:51-8:1a; Ps 31:3bc-4.6.7b-8a.17.21ab (R.6a); Accl Jn 6:35ab; Gosp Jn 6:30-35 WEEKDAY OF EASTER
1. Take the prayer “Spirit of the Living God” in “Amen: It is Done”.
Exercise: Visit the Blessed Sacrament.
Meditation: Psalms 23:6.