Deacon Jim Olson’s Homily – 11-16-20

497 11-16-20 33 rd WOT Luke 18:35-43
St. Margaret of Scotland

Gertrude, a Benedictine nun in Saxony, was one of the great mystics of the 13 th
century. Together with her friend and teacher St. Mechtild, she practiced a spirituality
called “nuptial mysticism,” that is, she came to see herself as the bride of Christ. Her
spiritual life was deeply personal union with Jesus and his Sacred Heart, leading her
into the very life of the Trinity.

But this was no individualistic piety. Gertrude lived the rhythm of the liturgy,
where she found Christ. In the liturgy and in Scripture, she found the themes and
images to enrich and express her piety. There was no clash between her personal
prayer life and the liturgy.

Quote – “Lord you have granted me your secret friendship by opening the sacred ark of your
divinity, your deified heart, to me in so many ways as to be the source of all my
happiness; sometimes imparting it freely, sometimes as a special mark of our mutual
friendship. You have so often melted my soul with your loving cresses that, if I did not
know the abyss your overflowing condescension’s, I should be amazed were I told
that even your Blessed Mother had been chosen to receive such extraordinary marks
of tenderness and affection”.

Gertrude’s life is another reminder that the heart of the Christian life is prayer; private
and liturgical, ordinary, or mystical, always personal.

Published by St. James, Belvidere

Saint James Catholic Church, Belvidere, IL