May 21, 2017
“With one accord, the crowds paid attention to what was said by Philip when they heard it…” (Acts 8:5-6) There is an exercise that I offer to engaged couples and, of course, married couples are certainly encouraged to try this as well! The exercise is about active listening, and I explain to couples that the rules are simple: Repeat what your intended spouse said. Sounds easy – right?
I will tell you it is, or maybe that it “should be”. Of course this is when one is sitting quietly and the inevitable distractions like your cell phone, computer, or TV are not on. Yet, when someone is trying to talk and the “game” is on, or the oven is on the fritz, or the children are screaming, or “I know there is ‘something’ I was supposed to do, now what was it again?” keeps rattling around in your head —paying attention can be quite difficult.
So, what is the point of this? Following Christ is very similar to having numerous distractions in our lives. If I am following Christ I may have other things occupying my mind; yet, as we listen to the Lord we are reminded that we must entrust ourselves to the Lord and, through entrusting ourselves to God we become united fully with Him. My brothers and sisters this week I invite us all to take time and simply listen to the Lord speaking to us. (And ask for His help to remove the ever-present distractions so you can listen!) May the Voice of Christ instruct us fully and may His presence unite us more fully with the mission that has been entrusted to us all: Go forth and proclaim the Gospel to all people!
On Friday, May 19, Bishop Thomas ordained eight of our brothers as priests. Please pray for these newly ordained priests and, as they begin their new assignments on June 6, may they continue to “heed” the voice of Christ.
Speaking of “listening” to Christ. I will be on retreat beginning Monday, May 22 until Friday, May 26. I will be praying for you all and simply ask that you keep me in your prayers as I ask the Lord to inspire within me a heart that is conformed to Jesus’s Sacred Heart.
May the Lord Bless You and Keep You,