Monday, March 31, 2014

Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent - A Living, Breathing Encounter

Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.” – John 4:43-54

To love someone is to think of that person and raise our minds to remember the One who loves us most. We establish a relationship with a loving, familiar God who holds us in the palm of His gentle hand. It is the practice of the presence of God becoming a habitual state of the soul, an openness to the Divine One who surrounds us in our busy lives.

In moments of suffering, I sometimes find it difficult to see where God is hiding and find myself asking, “Where is God?” and “Why me?”  Sometimes I let these questions overshadow my situations and feelings, often focusing in on my worries. However, today's readings remind me that I am not alone, that Jesus is struggling with me. Nothing goes unnoticed by Him or His Father. Through Jesus’ spirit who is in me, I can hope for peace. I can allow myself to become vulnerable and trusting of God to see beyond my troubles.

What I've learned is that the goal of prayer is not necessarily my thoughts about God, but it is about a living, breathing encounter with God. It is freely expressing what has deeply moved me and conveyed my genuine need for Him. Through my encounters, relationships and daily interactions, I may look for the signs to allow me to find His presence. It can be a phone call, smile or reassuring embrace…God is everywhere. By seeing with my eyes and ears along with an open heart, there becomes a simplification and familiarity with God. In its simplicity, it brings together life and prayer in one unending conversation.

Lord, I am listening…speak to me.

Reflected by Tam Lontok

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