July 13, 2017 – Thursday in the 14th Week of the Church Year
Saint for the day: Henry (May 6, 972 – July 13, 1024)
Isaiah 10:5-7, 13b-16
“Unless you become like little children you shall not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”(Matt. 18:3)
Psychologists tell us that when someone is speaking to us we are talking to ourselves at a rate that is ten times faster than the person speaking. So we have to ask ourselves, how often do we really listen. The thing that got Jesus must upset was the S & P’s constant nit-picking on the Law. Even while He was telling the wonders of God’s love and mercy, they were working to formulate their re-brutal. You might be interested to know that our word “infant” comes from the Latin ‘in-fans’: meaning non-speaking.
How can we really listen to what God/Jesus is saying to us if we’re always trying to figure out what He really means? When we speak of the wonder of children we often use the term, “with eyes wide open” to describe the beauty of being like little children. Sometimes we just have to shut up and listen to what God is saying to us. How else will we hear Him say, “Come unto me and I will give you rest?”
Here’s a little “test” that might help you: try to articulate what you would really like to hear Jesus saying to you. Take some time. Don’t rush. But you might be surprised at what words pop into your mind. A good meditation for today and maybe, even something for you to work on. Amen?