Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter
Acts 176:15, 22-18:1, Psalm 148:1-2, 11-12, 13, 14, &
“Finding God!” Many of us spend a lot of energy looking for God. Many of us may have even concluded that God is playing “hide-and-seek” with us in the midst of our lives and in much of the chaos our world is currently experiencing. Recently, I had a conversation with one of our parishioners who asked me to pray for two of her family members. Her prayer was that God would lead them in what He truly wants for them. Later, I paused to reflect on this work to know what God wants for us, which leads me to today’s Scripture readings.
In our first reading, Paul speaks to the men of Athens, telling them the God he proclaims to them is a God who is not far away. Later, Jesus tells us that the Spirit of Truth will guide us to all truth. In other words, the God of Love, who created us, has placed within our very beings His very being. The infusion of the Holy Spirit within us is the promise to guide us along the path of life. The promise was given—all we need to do is listen. So, how do we listen to God and no other gods?
So then, how do we find God? The “map” has been given to us and is in our hearts. It calls us to take time regularly for prayer, which includes an honest and open conversation with God about our desires, our pain, and to give thanks to all of our gifts from Him. It calls us to conversations with someone who will be honest with us and challenge us. It calls us to the sacraments to be amid other Christians in this journey. Together, sincerely seeking and finding God. Finally, it calls us to ask for the grace to follow God’s desires for us.
Perhaps a question we might ask God is, “Father, what do YOU want?” I suspect we will be surprised by the answers that come to us.
Question of the Day: Will you pray for everyone who is seeking to do the will of God to receive guidance and direction that God would hear us and bless our efforts in pursuing and blessing our efforts.
Prayer: Father, help Your children to mature in our understanding of Your presence in our lives. Amen.