January 17, 2021
The young Samuel discovers that the Lord wants to speak to him. God wants to speak to you, too. But we need to listen. How?
- We live in times of corruption, conflict, change and confusion, but it is important for us to understand ‘how’ we are to live in these times.
- God can guide you by communicating through various means, such as through other people, nature, events and circumstances, our thoughts and locutions.
- We can learn to listen to God by setting aside time with the Lord, avoid distractions and become recollected, seek His will and journal when you sense God is speaking to you.
- There is value and graces when we attempt to listen to God.
- The act of listening to God and discerning His will, involves powerful spiritual nutrients such as humility, trust, obedience and love.
- We can ask Mary, who listened and obeyed, to help us to take the time and guide us to hear His word.
There is a passage in the first reading today, which seems to be especially important when we are living in times of a lot of corruption, conflict, confusion and times which are critical for our future. What are we supposed to do right now? The Holy Spirit gives us a key in this first reading. It is young Samuel who is living at a time where there is a lot of corruption. Late in the middle of the night, he hears someone calling his name. He doesn’t know what this is, but the key passage to remember is what the response was, “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening”.
God speaks to us in many ways, such as through scripture, through the Church, through other people, through nature, and through events and circumstances in our life. But are we listening? Father gives four tips on how to listen to God – take time, be in silence and recollection, seek God’s will and write it down.