Grace to you!
Have you been in a situation you knew what God wanted from you; but, weighing its implications which seemed at odds with what you consider pleasurable, you simply want to procrastinate? In the meantime, you chose something else. Unfortunately, the path you chose turned out to be not good at all. It cost you so much that you regretted not listening to God in the first instance?
I’ve been there. You may’ve been there too.
From time to time, we make choices based on what is more convenient. We kind of know it, yet we choose the less difficult. The easy way out is a default attitude. We want shortcuts. Shortcuts seem better, until we are stuck in crazy traffic. We realize shortcut isn’t worth it after all.
Those who listen to God find lasting peace. It doesn’t mean they are exempt from the cross. The cross is always present in our everyday life. In reality, the closer to God’s Word, the more difficult it seems because the ways of the worldly harmer against the walls of the divine path. Yet, in it all, the righteous will find peace.
We hear the prophetic words to suffering Judah in Babylon: “Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go. O that you had hearkened to my commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea; your offspring would have been like the sand, and your descendants like its grains; their name would never be cut off or destroyed from before me”” (Is 48:17-19).
These words remind us of the need to listen to God. God is life’s ultimate fulfilment. Listening to God’s words and following His path is the security we need for life.
No need to be undecided. No need to doubt God’s Word made flesh, Christ Jesus, who shows us the way to peace and fullness of life. No need to live in the doubt that makes us waste precious time. Postponing what is right is as bad as doing evil. Every wasted time makes farther away the peace we need.
As Jesus told skeptics in Matthew 11:19, “Wisdom is vindicated by her works.” God’s Word gives life. It’s the way to peace. Believing it is salvation. It’s peace flowing like a river.
On this Day 13 of Advent, I pray you find God’s Word as treasure beyond compare. Amen.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Friday Advent Week 2 B: Is. 48:17-19 Mt 11:16-19]
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on the bible readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations this Advent Season.