August 13, 2017

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

“Truly, you are the Son of God.”

 

How to Pray In Quiet

This past Sunday I preached about how important it is to learn to listen to Jesus, just as God the Father said on the mountain of Transfiguration: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”

God doesn’t first command us to do great things for him, but first to simply listen to him.  Like the story of Mary and Martha.  Martha is doing very good and important things by serving, but Mary has chosen the better part—to simply sit at the feet of Jesus and listen to him.

This same message is in the readings this Sunday as well.  In the first reading, we hear of how Elijah hears the voice of God, not in loud and obvious ways, but in a “tiny whispering sound.”  And in the Gospel, Jesus himself “went up on the mountain by himself to pray.”

Sitting in silence with God is one of the most difficult things for Americans to do because there is almost no silence in our world anymore.  But it is so important that we turn off the TV, turn off the radio or music, get away by ourselves, and just spend time with God listening to him.

One of the best ways to listen to God is to spend time prayerfully reading the scriptures.  And as you slowly read, ask yourself this question: “What is God trying to say to me in this passage?”  And especially pay attention to any words or ideas that catch our attention.

Often times when we do this, we will have one of two reactions:

1) “I don’t get it.”  Or, “I’m not hearing God saying anything to me in this.”  If that is the case, then talk to the Lord about it.  Say, “Lord, I don’t understand this, or I don’t know what you are saying to me.  Please speak to me.”

Or, perhaps we do hear God speaking to us:

2) “This is amazing!”  “I understand how God is asking me to seek him more in my own life.”

If this is our response, then we should thank him for speaking to us and ask him to continue to speak.

And in this way a conversation with God begins, as we ask him to speak to us, we try to listen, and then we talk to him about what we are hearing or not hearing.  Thus, no matter what, we are now having a conversation with God and seeking to listen to him.

You are in my daily prayers.

God bless you,

Fr. Nick VanDenBroeke

Tuesday, August 15 is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION

August 14       Monday  Vigil Masses

6:30 PM          St. Mary’s – LeCenter

7:00 PM          Most Holy Trinity – Veseli

7:00 PM          St. Nicholas – New Market

7:30 PM          Immaculate Conception – Lonsdale 

August 15       Tuesday Holy Day Masses

8:00 AM          Immaculate Conception – Lonsdale

8:00 AM          St. Nicholas – New Market

8:30 AM          St. Patrick – Shieldsville

9:00 AM          Most Holy Trinity – Veseli

9:00 AM          St. Mary’s – LeCenter

6:30 PM          Most Holy Redeemer – Montgomery

7:00 PM          St. Nicholas – New Market

7:30 PM           Immaculate Conception – Lonsdale

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