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HEARING AND LEARNING
"Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from Him comes to me." – John 6:45b
I was invited to attend a Gender Sensitivity Seminar by a nun. Most of the participants were nuns from different congregations. On the third day, when we prayed the Lord's Prayer, instead of saying "Our Father," they changed it to "Our Mother."
After the prayer service I reacted to it. What they said revealed to me one thing. I was with a feminist group. I told a priest about my "discovery" after the seminar and he confirmed that they were rebel nuns. No one can discount the fact that these "religious" people heard the Lord's teachings. Apparently, it's one thing to "hear the Father" and another thing to "learn" from the Father.
Today's Gospel is very explicit. "Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from Him comes to Me" (italics mine).
The Lord teaches us many things through His Word, but only if we truly grow and learn from them do we come to Jesus.Cristy Galang (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Do I open my heart and mind to the Spirit so that I learn and grow from His teachings? Or do I listen to Him with a prejudiced heart?
Lord, please instill in me a pure heart, free from all biases and human needs that can stand in the way of Your expectations from me. As I listen to You, guide me towards Your truth. Guide me towards You. Amen.
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The Holy Spirit is free to do whatever He wants. His power is beyond anything we can imagine. Yet we know He will exercise it only in the service of the Gospel. Let us learn to call on the power of the Holy Spirit to help us in our works of evangelization. We are not working alone. He is always with us waiting for us to ask for His help.
26 The angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, "Get up and head south on the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza, the desert route." 27 So he got up and set out. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, that is, the queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury, who had come to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and was returning home. Seated in his chariot, he was reading the
prophet Isaiah. 29 The Spirit said to Philip, "Go and join up with that chariot." 30 Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and said, "Do you understand what you are reading?" 31 He replied, "How can I, unless someone instructs me?" So he invited Philip to get in and sit with him. 32 This was the scripture passage he was reading: "Like
a sheep he was led to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he opened not his mouth. 33 In [his] humiliation justice was denied him. Who will tell of his posterity? For his life is taken from the earth." 34 Then the eunuch said to Philip in reply, "I beg you, about whom is the prophet saying this? About himself, or about someone else?" 35 Then Philip opened his mouth and, beginning with this scripture passage, he proclaimed Jesus to him. 36 As they traveled along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, "Look, there is water. What is to prevent my being baptized?"  37 38 Then he ordered the chariot to stop, and Philip and the eunuch both went down into the water, and he baptized him. 39 When they came out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, but continued on his way rejoicing. 40 Philip came to Azotus, and went about proclaiming the good news to all
the towns until he reached Caesarea.
P S A L M
Psalm 66:8-9, 16-17, 20
R: Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
8 Bless our God, you peoples, loudly sound his praise; 9 he has given life to our souls, and has not let our feet slip. (R) 16 Hear now, all you who fear God, while I declare what he has done for me. 17 When I appealed to him in words, praise was on the tip of my tongue. (R) 20 Blessed be God who refused me not my prayer or his kindness! (R)
G O S P E L
The work of the Father and Son, while distinct, are indivisible. What does this mean? It simply means that without each other their efforts would not amount to much, if anything. Alone, the work of salvation is incomplete. With the Holy Spirit there is nothing lacking in the provision for our salvation.
44 Jesus said to the crowds: "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him, and I will raise him on the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets: 'They shall all be taught by God.' Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me. 46 Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father. 47 Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died; 50 this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and
the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world."
t h i n k : L et us learn to call on the power of the Holy Spirit to help us in our work of evangelization.
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THE GOSPEL DEMANDS A RESPONSE
One of the important points we can reflect on in this story is how Philip acts immediately upon the response of the person with whom he is sharing the Gospel. He stops the coach and they find a body of water and he baptizes him. Personally I believe that the Gospel demands a response from those who hear it. At the very least, when we read the Gospel we must give assent to its truth and maybe have to go further than simple intellectual assent. To delay responding to a call from the Gospel because it might be inconvenient or embarrassing is to risk losing a moment of grace in our lives. This would be very unfortunate.
Similarly, when we hear a call to respond to God's grace in our lives in a particular way, we should not delay in doing so as we might be risking the way that the grace would work. It is important for us to "move with the Spirit of God" when He is working in our lives. If we don't, the Spirit will lose immediate contact with us as He moves on with the plan of God. It is we who will lose the most from our reluctance to obey when called.
God's grace does not hover around us waiting for us to respond in our own good time. God moves on with His plan whether we want to be a part of it or not, whether we are willing to move in time with Him or not. Unfortunately we will often discover at a later date what might have been if only we had responded earlier! "What ifs" are scattered along the way of the lives of those who seek comfort over obedience.
There are times when we have to simply trust in God's goodness and throw a bit of caution to the wind. There is a time for prudence and preparation; there is also a time for adventure and trust. Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL
When was the last time you took a risk in responding to what you believed God was calling you to do in a particular situation?
Holy Spirit, give me the wisdom to know when to hold back and be cautious, and when to trust in God and live the adventure of faith.
St. Miles, pray for us.
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