SATURDAY, TWENTY SEVENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
Jl 3: 12-21; Ps 97: 1-2, 5-6, 11-12; Lk 11: 27-28
CONVERSING WITH GOD
Our God is a talkative God. What and why does he talk? We can find an answer to this question in the entrance antiphon: “Within your will, O Lord, all things are established, and there is none that can resist your will. For you have made all things, the heaven and the earth, and all that is held within the circle of heaven. You are the Lord of all.” He talks to reveal his will in which all the things are established; he talks because he is the master of all things and he knows all things. Talk becomes fruitless when it does not find reciprocity. That is why we hear in the Gospel, “Blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it.” God talks, but never without purpose or motive. “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return without watering the earth and causing it to yield, so is the word of God which will not return without fulfilling its purpose”, says the prophet (Is 55:10-11). The word of God is alive and active and always has a purpose to accomplish.
How is the purpose of God’s word realized? Through us who listen to him. Therefore, Jesus invites us to listen to the word of God and keep it. St John of the Cross says, “Seek in reading and you will find in meditation; knock in prayer and it will be opened to you in contemplation.” If we have to understand the purpose of God’s word, we have to attentively read of it.
These days Christians practise a prayer method taught by the monks called “Lectio Divina”. In sum, it is a kind of divine picking or choosing of a given sentence, phrase or word through which God himself speaks. It is undertaken not with the intention of gaining information but of using the texts as an aide first to contact the living God and secondly, to sustain that contact. Basic to this practice is a union with God in faith which, in turn, is sustained by further reading. It will be a great help if we too have recourse to this method to be useful to him in accomplishing his purpose for the world
Response: Rejoice in the Lord, you just.
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