Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Bulletin Date: 
Sunday, January 14, 2018

Listening to God

“How can I know the will of God?” is one of the questions most frequently asked Christian leaders. This question comes from a natural longing for certainty, and a natural aversion to having to live by faith with only partial light. With some it is asked in an atmosphere of fear, believing that they might somehow miss solving life’s puzzle and suffer for it. Often the question is asked in genuine sincerity, however, at other times it is only used as a smoke screen to enable a person to practice continued disobedience. The implication of the question is, “If I know what God wants me to do, I’ll do it.”

Samuel discovered God’s will regarding a specific, unusual situation by doing two simple things; he listened, and he responded to God’s call. For many of us the biggest handicap to overcome in discovering God’s will is the handicap of being spiritually deaf, deaf because we choose not to listen. Because of the dissonance or static which our lifestyles create we often cannot hear God speaking unless he is hollering at us—which is not his normal mode of communication. We need to learn a lesson from Samuel and schedule moments of solitude in our lives, where we can stop, and do nothing but listen, listen, listen for the still, quiet voice of God.

Praying is first and foremost listening to Jesus, who dwells in the very depths of your heart. He doesn’t shout. He doesn’t thrust himself upon you. His voice is an unassuming voice, very nearly a whisper, the voice of a gentle love. Whatever you do with your life, go on listening to the voice of Jesus in your heart. This listening must be an active and very attentive listening, for in our restless noisy world God’s loving voice is so easily drowned out. You need to set aside some time each day for this active listening to God if only for ten minutes. Ten minutes each day for Jesus alone can bring about a radical change in your life.

God Bless! Fr. Elmer