Posted by: livingscripture | March 31, 2011

Third Thursday of Lent

From the Word of the Day 

Thus says the Lord: this is what I commanded my people; listen to my voice; then I will be your God and you shall be my people.  Walk in all the ways that I command you, so that you may prosper.

                      Jeremiah 7: 21-23                                                               

How should we live this Word 

As we continue on our Lenten journey, it is beautiful to hear this invitation to listen reach us and penetrate our heart.  It is essentially an invitation to enjoyment, similar to walking through a forest or up a mountain when someone says, ‘listen carefully, and soon you will hear the sounds of a waterfall that will give you refreshing water to drink.

Listening is much more than hearing.  Of course, if I am on a city street or some noisy place, I will heart tumult, shouting, chattering.  But I don’t stay there and listen to everything.  I choose what I listen to.  Or perhaps, I look for a quiet spot.  It is there that I listen to the voice of the Being who loves me most. God created me and sent Jesus His Son to redeem me.  He communicates to me words of joy and reciprocal belonging.  I belong to God and He gives Himself to me.  His voice is expressed through His law that asks me to avoid evil so that I may be freer to do good.  God assures me that walking according to His law will bring me happiness, though it is still incomplete on this earth for I am incapable of bearing its intensity and greatness now.  What I can live is peace, if I am faithful in listening to the Word and living it.  God desires only our good and by living His Word, I become what I am called to be.

Our Lord said to a mystic, ‘Make yourself the capacity, and I will become a torrent in you.’ 

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will place myself in an attitude of listening and I will say to the Lord:                                                                                                      

Yes, Lord, with Your grace I want to listen to You and live according to Your commands, especially the two  that contain all the others: to love You above all things and to love my neighbor as myself.  I know You will then fill my heart with Your joy. 

The voice of Francois de Salignac de la Mothe Fénelon, XVII Century French Theologian and Author

God never stops speaking.  However, the noise outside His creatures and the passions within deafen us and prevent us from hearing Him.

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