Monday 22nd. Week of the Year
Imagine preparing dinner for someone,
say steak and baked potatoes,
when you open the cabinet find
you don’t have meat tenderizer and spices,
nor is there any sour cream for the baked potatoes.
Then you prepare the salad, and you have lettuce,
but no onions, carrots, olives, etc.
but most importantly, no salad dressing.
Some things go together, like toothpaste and a toothbrush.
If one item is missing the whole project can be lost.
What are the main ingredients needed
to prayerfully read the Sacred Scriptures?
When Jesus opened the scriptures
on that Sabbath in Nazareth,
he chose a passage from Isaiah
and showed how it applied it to Himself.
How different from the scribes and Pharisees
who gave interpretations to scripture and the Law
much like you would read in scripture commentary!
Like the salad without the salad dressing
a vital ingredient was missing:
How does that passage speak to us and our life experiences?
As Jesus said about the passage from Isaiah,
“Today this passage is fulfilled in your hearing”,
we must hunker down and ask God
“What are you saying to me about my life?
Hunker down with God’s Word
means that we can’t approach His voice
speaking in our hearts like it was a frozen TV dinner.
You can’t microwave God’s Word.
You must sit with it and allow it to soak in
like you would marinate a steak
Like a friend, we have to spend some quality time with Jesus every day.
He is the Word our Father speaks to us
every time we open the Sacred Scriptures.
It’s amazing what we hear and can do
when we take the time to sit quietly and listen to the Lord.
A second vital ingredient is to gather with other people
and share how God’s Word has spoken to your life.
Hearing another’s witness
to the ways God is speaking in their life
opens a door for me to hear His Word
in a new transforming way.
That builds up the Church.
That’s why I love all the different ways
God’s good people gather in small faith groups
and why Pope John Paul II said,
“The Church as Family cannot reach all her possibilities as Church unless she is divided into communities small enough to foster human relationships…
“They should be places engaged in evangelizing themselves so that subsequently they can bring the Good News to others”. (1995 Ecclesia in Africa)
Listen to God’s Word and don’t leave out the main ingredient,
Don’t think the Word of God, just be with the Word of God.
It’s all about surrender.