Wednesday of the First Week of Ordinary Time
January 15, 2020
Ps 40:2, 5, 7-10
USCCB Podcast of the Readings:
Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.’”
When Samuel went to sleep in his place,
the LORD came and revealed his presence,
calling out as before, “Samuel, Samuel!”
Samuel answered, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
Samuel grew up, and the LORD was with him,
not permitting any word of his to be without effect.
God always with us walking side by side like a Shadow but we are not able to realize in our life due to the busyness of our Worldly life. Sometime we realize but take them like any other Worldly matter of our life. Sometime we take them as an coincident and ignore them. Some other time we do not understand or listen in our Spiritual ears and leave it aside as an unsolved mystery in the junk box. Every human being experiences these encounters but take them in casual attitude. Some people take them seriously and respond to the call by choosing to live as per the call.
All humans have a Conscience and the Spirit of God lives right there and talks to us to do the right things but we do not listen and ignore the voice with in us. A prudent person always listens to the promptings of the Holy spirit who is living in him. This promptings are not limited to Christians but to every human being in this World. We can not do as we want but there is a built in system in our self who tells us what to do and what not to do.
Whenever a person is confused or disturbed in his life , it is better to go away from the Busy World and sit alone and talk to our self what is good for us. when we withdraw ourselves from the World and listen to the voice of God , we can listen to him clearly without any distraction. Jesus in today’s Gospel withdrew himself before dawn and spent time in talking to his inner being the Father and the Son who was living in his self. Jesus listened to the Father and the Spirit and did things as per his promptings or the Will of God.
Personal prayer done before the dawn is an encounter for every human with his inner Spirit of God. When we withdraw ourselves to quiet place to listen him, he guides us and empowers us with his divine power. When we are filled with this divine Wisdom of God , we can heal , cast out demons, preach the word of God , counsel, intercede because the wisdom or power we possess is not natural but super natural ,where natural things do not have an answer. If we do not sit with God and try to do God’s will in our life , we are a disaster because we do supernatural things in a natural way where there is no effect.
If we do things according to God’s inspiration then every work we carry out must be effective because God’s word works in our activity. Samuel grew up, and the LORD was with him,not permitting any word of his to be without effect. We must grow up like Samuel and the Lord will be with us not permitting any Word of his to be without effect. When God’s hand is with us , our daily life becomes a divine life full of miracles and wonders leading a supernatural life.
All religions do the personal prayers in their own traditional upbringing and listen to the Spirit of God who lives in their heart. In all human beings the spirit of God lives and leads them and protects them , this is the natural Law , so we can not under estimate any person in this world by giving them names or calling them evil. God’s judgement is very different and human does not have the capacity to imagine or understand it, so the best thing is not to judge anyone in our life. We must accept all humans as our brothers and sisters because the spirit of God lives in everbody , we are called to love them and support them to love more and teach them to love others as Jesus taught to love God in Personal prayer and love others according to his voice and power of love.
God speaks to every human being but failure to sit with him in prayer to listen to his voice and act according to his voice or inspiration brings confusion and ignorance. When a person is ignorant and confused wandering like a Vagabond , the evil spirit who wanders to plunder and destroy attacks these people and make their life miserable because they miss the direction and protection of the Spirit of God. These very people promote violence and confusion with wrong ideologies and their selfish and hatred teaching. They are purely under the influence of Evil Spirit where love does not abide in them. Every Person who loves God does not hate others but loves them and forgives them.