Saturday, January 23, 2016

1-24-2016 -- 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

January 24, 2016 - 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church



Sometimes people come up to me and say something like this: “I’ve brought this problem, this situation to the Lord, and I’ve asked the Lord for help. But God doesn’t seem to be answering me.”

What is unspoken is important: “Do you think God is listening? I’m not hearing him. What should I do now?”

My suggestion: learn to listen better. But what does that mean? If the only time we make any effort at all to listen to God is when we ask for something, chances are, we are totally unfamiliar with the ways that God might speak to us.

We should listen for the Lord’s voice more often and more attentively. Then we would be more likely to hear the Lord speak an answer to our prayer.

The Prophet Ezra reads the Word of the Lord to the people. The people rise and listen attentively. Ezra interprets what he reads so that all the people will understand.

What does Ezra say? “Do not be sad. Do not weep. Today is holy. Rejoice for the Lord is your strength.”

Jesus reads the Word of the Lord to the people. When Jesus enters the synagogue all the people are looking to him. They are listening. They are ready to hear what he wants to tell them.

Do we look intently upon Jesus? Are our eyes fixed upon the Lord? Are we listening? Are we ready to hear what the Lord wants to tell us?

At Mass, we read the Word of the Lord, the church says: God draws near and speaks to us like he spoke to Adam and Eve in the garden, like he spoke to Samuel in the night, like he spoke to the prophets, like he spoke to Jesus, his only Son.

If we are listening, the Word of God has the power to transform our lives.

It empowers us to refocus our lives. It nourishes us and feeds us so that we are refreshed and renewed.

It gives us guidance and assistance when we are troubled. It provides an answer to our prayer.

We might feel like God is distant or silent. But that’s just our perception because we aren’t really listening.

God draws near to us and speaks to us here a Mass in the reading of the Sacred Scriptures, through the prayers and the music, in the silence and through the Eucharist.

God also speaks to us in the ordinary events of our daily lives.

If we are not hearing, then we should listen for the Lord’s voice more often and more attentively. If we make this our practice, then we would be more likely to hear the Lord speak an answer to our prayer.



1 comment:

  1. I learned this the hard way many years ago. I had prayed for an answer but did not get one, then one day it hit me, yes, God does answer our prayers but the answer is sometimes No. After that, I thanked God every day for my blessings, then asked him to give me the strength to deal with whatever happened.

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