Saturday, July 05, 2014

Your King Shall Come

By Rev. Joe McCloskey, SJ

Rejoice heartily, O daughter Zion, shout for joy, O daughter Jerusalem!  See, your king shall come to you; a just savior is he, meek, and riding on an ass, on a colt, the foal of an ass.  Zechariah 9:9

“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”  Matthew 11:29-30

Our piety is made up of the history of our relationship to Christ. It does not require brilliance or smarts. It requires what the Father has revealed to the little ones. The Illuminative Way is spoken of as learning greater than years of the University, books read or visions had. God teaches us what we need to know in many different ways. The Church is the guardian of the Truth and a great teacher. The Bible gives us the Revealed wisdom of God. The holy people of our lives teach us much by the example of their lives. God has created us with a desire to know.  Intellectual curiosity leads us to the experience of God in our lives. How we study life has its most important source in how we look at Christ.

God can give us such great knowledge in our lives that we could easily wonder why we spend so much time learning. The answer is simple. Grace builds on nature. We grow up into God if we study. Spiritual reading is more important than most people realize. Exposure to the presence of God in our lives opens the eyes of our souls to see God and to see visions. We do not become who we are meant to be by accident. Study is the gateway to finding God in our lives. God has a plan for each of us that our study unfolds in the closer look we take at what is happening in our spiritual journey.

Wherever there is love, God is there. Love is shown by deeds. What we do for self, others and for our community, can be translated into our love of God.  Spiritual reading needs to be a part of our lives. Prayer at certain times keeps us tuned into what God is doing in our lives. Plans of action follow from the study of God we have in our day. God is forever waiting for us to open our hearts to what he has in store for us if we follow the plan of action we form. There are no accidents in our relationship to God. He is forever waiting for us to put our hands and our feet where are mouths are saying we are going.

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