Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Homily for 28 Jan 2016

28 January 2016

God’s voice is like a whisper.  You’d think it would be loud and brilliant—all that glorious truth and wisdom and love God has to share.  But, no.  God’s voice is like . . . a whisper.

And Jesus says (again): “Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear.”  And those “ears for hearing” don’t happen by accident.  It takes practice to catch the whisper of God and then hold it in our minds and hearts.  Kind of like blowing bubbles and trying to catch one of them on your finger . . . it takes practice, patience, and a gentle touch.

Now, St Thomas Aquinas wrote volumes and volumes of books and other theological writings in the 13th Century.  His output was enormous.  And his work had a very great impact on the mind of the Church.  But all that writing, all that thinking about what is true and good and beautiful began always in the quiet of prayer.

Today, of course, it’s not a terribly popular thing to be still, to be quiet—even in the Church.  And daily life can make it near impossible.  But if we want to really hear God and follow him, we have to make some time in our life to be quiet with him.  And that’s because God’s voice is like a whisper.  And quietness of mind and heart give us those “ears to hear” that all-important whisper of God.

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