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Teach me your way, O Lord

 

 

My child, if you accept my words
    and treasure up my commandments within you,
making your ear attentive to wisdom
    and inclining your heart to understanding;
if you indeed cry out for insight,
    and raise your voice for understanding;
if you seek it like silver,
    and search for it as for hidden treasures—
then you will understand the fear of the Lord
    and find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom;
    from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
he stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
    he is a shield to those who walk blamelessly,
guarding the paths of justice
    and preserving the way of his faithful ones.
Then you will understand righteousness and justice
    and equity, every good path;

Proverbs 2, 1-9

 

The Lord looks at each of us and invites “Follow Me”. How much do I contemplate His Face and look, and listen to His voice to understand that this call is addressed to me here and now(…)How much do I realize I really need him? Am I really ready to leave everything when he calls to follow him wherever he will take me? Righteous and sinless in their own judgment, they do not need Jesus. They do not think they are going to convert in any way. They do not notice that their souls are carrying the cancer of sin. In their judgment, no cancer, no free choice, is the manifestation of human freedom for life as it pleases. This is a group of people who, although they notice a sinful way, do not see or rather do not want to admit it. There is also a second group of sinless and just, in their own mind. They believe that the fact that they do not sin through mortal sin is their sole merit and effort. Sins of the week tolerate, rarely confesses. They consider them weak and do not consider it necessary to cross themselves in these areas. A bit like saying to God – what God made me, you have me. By attaching importance to external piety, they forget about interior formation and the need for constant conversion. They often hear, “follow me”, but they do not quite understand where and why they would go. They have a vision of Christian and Catholic excellence and hardly defends it. They themselves can say that they are great sinners, because it sounds beautiful and so humble. But will they also humbly accept such words from another man through whom he seeks to reach them? Are they ready to stand before the Lord to tell them directly: you have sick eyes, you have a sick tongue, you have a sick imagination, you have sick …. God knows our darkest and sick places. He knows what we are called for. He urges us to follow him so that our life’s calling can be fulfilled. But to realize it, you must first take and realize the conversion decision. To turn away from what is known, what is loved, what is often superficial, from everything that distances us often unnoticed from God. If in my heart I acknowledge that I am truly a sinner, that I have a tendency to sin from birth, there is a chance that I will hear the Lord passing by and answer His call. If in my heart I admit that I am not a sinner, my clogged ears, once again will not hear His call. I will not remove any yoke in my life, which I have already become accustomed to as a constant element in my life. I will not change my thinking and spoken words, I will not open up to the needy. I will not experience what it is to lead the Lord and His blessings and fulfill promises. As always the choice belongs to me.

From the blog “God in my mess”

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