A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
December 14, 2019
June 3, 2016
Today in Luke’s gospel following the miracle of Jesus restoring life to the widow’s son the people were amazed and they spoke, “God has visited his people.” As I read this I took some time to reflect on how God visits his people each and every day. As Catholics we believe that God is everywhere, always and forever, but how often do we experience a “visit” from God? When I think about a visit from someone I imagine them coming to my home or office where I would receive them as a guest and take time to talk to and listen to them. We might share a story, talk about past times and perhaps discuss issues or current events. So how often does God visit you? How often do you take time to receive God? Do you prepare and look forward to a visit from God or are you oblivious to his presence? Do you find comfort knowing that God is with you or do you feel uneasy because you do not often take time to consider His
presence? If you knew God was coming to visit, as to visit in person, what feelings might you experience? How would you prepare yourself, physically, emotionally, spiritually? I invite you to take time to think about how and when God visits you. God is always open to a visit, always willing to gift us with his presence, his love, his mercy and compassion. He desires to be with us. The whole reason for Jesus becoming man, suffering, dying and rising again happened because God desires to be with us for eternity. This is our salvation! This is the promise of eternal life with God!
Like the people in Luke’s gospel, we ought to be so amazed and excited to proclaim that God has visited us. How might our lives be changed if we would take time to receive a visit from God? He is there for each of us, waiting for the invitation to listen to and talk to us. Let us challenge ourselves in the coming weeks to become more aware of how God visits, and let us be more deliberate in receiving his presence. Talk to him, listen to him, share your life story, speak to him about current events and concerns in your life. Then sit in his presence, in silence, that you might hear what God desires for you; that you might receive his love. Yes, God visits his people; we need only be open to receiving him.