Friday of the 26th Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial of Saint Francis of Assisi
October 4, 2019
Ps 79:1b-5, 8-9
USCCB Podcast of the Readings:
“If today you hear his voice,
harden not your hearts”. Psalm :95:8
When there is revival or renewal in any particular land or people , the Holy spirit stirs the Word of God or echos the Word of God again and again through our concience, preachers, circumstances, creation so on . For example when was renewed , the spirit of God took hold of me and took me to a Charismatic Eucharistic Celebration with Rosary before the Blessed Sacrament. This was my initial faith journey with our Lord. The Word of God was hitting my heart again and again through various ministries and faith filled people .
I was receptive to the every detail of the Words of Faith spoken to me and accepted them in such a seriousness that they are life itself. This acceptance and response to the Word of God and to the People made my heart a loving heart and I could feel God’s Spirit dwelling with in me.
God speaks to each and every soul of this Universe again and again every moment of our life. It may not be through some Scholars , Priests or Pastors but in our day today life. The spirit of God cries out to us the Gospel of truth through our conscience,people , circumstances, creation and so on. These words of truth spoken to us by the Holy spirit who lives with us and around us. When we choose to follow our fleshly , Worldly and Evil desires , we refuse God’s Voice in our life.
So every activity of ours is recorded in the book of life. It is not that God wants to keep a record of our wrong doing but we have a accuser who accuses us continuously 24×7 in the presence of God. God finds all means and ways to save our soul but without our cooperation , God can not row our boat. God gives the first push to our boat , but this push must carried forward by us cooperating with our Lord by rowing the Boat.
Some followers of Christ live in the same first push of our lives and think that they have reached the destination , but sadly that is not the case. They are there where started began and go round and round in the Water running from one meeting or preacher to the other. The boat is still tied to the post , Lord expects us to change our ways of life and cling in to his ways. If we do not change our ways , our boat can not move ahead but will turn round and round where we began our journey. Also our boats are tied with many ropes of our desires , if we untie one rope and leave behind other ropes , still our boat is not going to move ahead, we must let go all the desires and cling to Jesus alone. This is the faith journey in our life. At this stage we must row the boat by ministering or following the Word of God in love and action.
Many people think once we come out of our desires and cling to Jesus , our mission is over. Our mission or Vocation starts with the Encounter of Jesus. We must row the boat with the Compass of Jesus in our hand , deeper and deeper in the Ocean of Love and Service and the mysteries of the love of Ocean will be revealed to us every day of our life. Finally one day we will discover that greatest mystery of Jesus himself face to face.