Thursday of the Third Week
Be one with God. Be fully with Him. This is what the readings tell me today. They tell me to really listen. Hear and heed His Voice. If we enter into this holy relationship with only half a mind, just half a heart, we will get lost. We will be random, restless, without reason or direction.
We will only vaguely be present at the holy sacrifice of the Mass. We will only be somewhat present when we greet the elderly neighbor who lives up the road. We will carry just half a heart when listening to the sorrows of a friend. We will convey just a touch of God’s energy when we reach for the hand of a troubled student.
The readings encourage us to live fully, with great intention. We must drop our fixations, distractions. The Word of God today tells us that living in amazement over God’s presence just isn’t enough. If we do not truly and fully devote ourselves to God, staying with Him, closely, making this holy and sweet connection a second by second practice, we’ll find our inner lives divided, distracted, without True purpose, without Holy cause. We will live without the Living God.
So let us really live our faith. Let us really listen with keen devotion. Be one with God. Be joined in God by listening for this Holy Union as often as we remember every minute of every day of our sacred lives.
May I bow down to the ground and hear You. May I walk with You right by my side. I wish to be one with You. May I live in Your Oneness always.
Antonia Messuri, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
First Reading: Jeremiah 7:23-28Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9
Gospel: Luke 11:14-23
Daily Scripture readings can be found online at the USCCB website