The Church of Saint Agnes

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16th Week in Ordinary Time

Date: 
Fri, 07/28/2017
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

As I go about my day today, I don’t want to see God.
If you want to see God today, then I hope you get what you want.  Me?  I’m too young to see God.
The promise of a long earthly life keeps me looking forward to another earthly tomorrow.
The only way to see God is to die and enter the afterlife.
 
There is truth to the statement “seeing is believing”.
When people die, they will see God.  And seeing Him they will believe.
They will come to know personally of His eternal and glorious existence.
But at that point, believing comes too late.
 
For every human being except Moses, when it comes to God,
seeing isn’t believing as much as ‘hearing’ is believing.
When Moses came down from the mountain, the people didn’t say “show us God”.
They wanted to know “what did God say to you?”
 
Someday I want to see the Lord….but not today.
As I go about my day today.  I want to hear God.  I want to hear God’s word.
My purpose and goal today is to “seek the Lord” not with my eyes but with my ears.
Hearing is not only believing;  hearing is understanding.
I want to hear what God’s says because that has the potential of increasing my understanding.
When it comes to our experience of God, hearing takes on greater significance than seeing.
 
Let’s say you are at a crossroads.  You don’t know what path to take.
You know this decision is important, even decisive.  You want to do the right thing.
And so you pour out your soul to God; ask for help in discerning…
ask for strength, and courage, and wisdom, and foresight, and steadfastness.
You pray with fervor and devotion.
This is not the time to say “O Lord, show me Your face.”
It’s the time to say “O Lord, reveal to me Your will. Speak to me of Your plan.
Instruct me in Your ways.  Tell me what will give You glory.”
When we die, that’s when we can say “Lord, let me see Your face.”
Until that time our prayer is “Lord, let me hear Your voice.  Let me hear Your Word.”
 
Christian purpose isn’t having a picture of God in your wallet
or hanging in a prominent place in your home.
Christian purpose is obedience to and fulfillment of God’s commands.
God reveals to us, God has spoken to the world ‘the word of the Kingdom.’
God has revealed  to us who we are, why we are, where we are going, and how we are to get there.
Our task is not only to listen to His word but to understand His word….understand its true meaning.
 
Upon hearing God’s word, understanding is not instant, understanding is not obvious,
understanding is not guaranteed.
There is a path to understanding.  It’s called “study”.
Study involves acquiring knowledge; increasing our vocabulary; growing in wisdom.
Study entails examining, analyzing, considering, questioning.
Study entails comparing and contrasting, categorizing, contemplating,
…and to do these things with purpose and intent.
To study is to become informed, to adopt and receive a Godly education.
The one way of being confirmed in the goodness and rightness of this endeavor
is when others see, when the world sees, the example of our living and says
“the God and Father of Jesus Christ is the true and living God.”
 
Today’s prayer:  “O Lord, I seek to hear and know Your word.  Write it in my heart.  Increase my ability to grasp the meaning, the truth of Your love…and…give me the desire to integrate it into my living by putting it into practice every moment of every day.  Amen!”