Summer has given way to Autumn and soon the trees will be ablaze in color. Change is one of the certainties in life. At times change is embraced – a new job, birth of son or daughter, a deepening relationship. At other times change is not welcome --- chronic illness, death of a loved one, financial hardship. Midst the changes of life God is at our side to help ease the burdens and hardships of life, and to celebrate the blessings that come our way.
The colors of the autumn foliage are a reminder of our being created in the divine image, precious in God’s eyes. What an important lesson from nature, to be reminded of our sacredness and our ties to one another. Nature echoes the words of scripture -- to love God, neighbor, self, and even our enemy. Soon the fallen leaves will carpet the ground. At times we fail to listen fully to God’s will and we sin.
To listen to God in our lives, often requires us to block out the noise around us. Like the sons in today’s gospel we struggle with being consistent in responding to God. Our initial yes becomes a no, as we lack the courage to follow through. Larry Gillick, SJ writes, “CS Lewis once wrote that the most
emphatic noise is the one you are trying not to listen to. The TV is on very loud next to my room, dogs are barking across the lane and you expect me to write something profound? If the program were a ball game and the dog was mine it would not be noisy, but just delightful sounds accompanying my spirits.” The more important noises are those already bouncing around inside of us all. We are invited to listen to and acknowledge those banging’s and clanging’s. We actually can pray with not only the noises, but whatever is the origin of them. When we are at peace deep-down, sounds are less of an annoyance.
Jesus is the divine “yes!” to our human “we’ll see,” or “kind ofs.” It is the relationship to which Jesus has said and does say “Yes!” that allows us to keep trying to live with our inconsistencies. Actions do speak loudly and words are whispers of hope. We will eventually do what we know ourselves to be. Jesus continues to come to give us ourselves so that we can give him to
May God grace us in these autumn days the ability and willingness to discern his voice from the banging’s and clanging’s around us.
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC