God often speaks to us in quiet ways, like the whisper Elijah heard. When has God spoken to you in a whisper? Do you have quiet space and time in your life to hear a whisper?
The Inner Word
In today’s first reading, Isaiah prophesies that God’s invitation to us is totally free and without any strings attached. Saint Paul says nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.
In a dream, God tells Solomon to “ask for something” and God promises to give it to him. If God made that offer to you in a dream, what would you ask for?
For Matthew, faith is never stagnant. If there’s faith, there’s growth: good seed planted in a field, a tiny mustard seed growing into a mighty bush, yeast making the dough rise and turning wheat into wholesome bread.
Albert Einstein is reported to have said, “Sometimes, the thinking that has got us so far is inadequate to handle the problems of the place our thinking has got us to!” That might be why Jesus spoke in parables.
Are you getting enough rest in your life?
The woman of Shunem showed hospitality to the holy man, the prophet Elisha. How do you show hospitality in your life and ministry?
The prophet Jeremiah faced a crisis and a conflict: between his own limitations and the opposition he was encountering on the one hand, and the fact that, on the other, he still was called by God.
The readings and the solemnity itself speak of the living bread, the Body of Christ; the bread of eternal life and the church in which the many baptized come together as one to share that bread. This day should also awaken a hunger for God.
“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ . . . .” Where have you found the greatest graces? For what gifts are you particularly grateful? What does redemption and salvation mean to you?