Posted by: fvbcdm | August 1, 2014

Feast of Saint Alphonsus Liguori (1 August 2014)

When Our Divine Lord was preparing himself for his public ministry by spending about forty days in the desert, in silence and solitude and prayer, the devil tempted him. Jesus was hungry after his long fast, so the devil suggested that he turn some of the stones of the desert into bread so that he could eat. Our Lord responded by saying, “It is not by bread alone that man lives, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” In the gospels, his disciples ask Our Lord why he speaks in parables, and he answers that those who are of good will, will carefully reflect upon his words and discover their meaning. Those not of good will, will refuse to believe them even if they were in the simplest prose.

The Chinese have a proverb that expresses this same idea very well. It says: None is so blind as he who will not see; none is so deaf as he who will not hear. It is a matter of the will, the heart, and not just the eye or the ear. So let us pray often the beautifully simple little prayer that the priest Eli told the child Samuel to say when he heard his name being called in the night. The child was to say, “Speak, Lord; your servant is listening.”   Let us listen with the heart as well as the ear; if we do, God will surely speak to us. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  This Message was composed some years ago.

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