Saint Paul in today’s first reading from Acts 17: 15 – 18: 1 tells a large group of people that they no longer have to worship at an altar inscribed to an unknown God. He tells them about Jesus and then he gets to the part about the resurrection of the dead…
When they heard about resurrection of the dead, some began to scoff, but others said, “We should like to hear you on this some other time.”
Paul ended up leaving them and only a few went with him. It struck me again that God speaks to me in so many ways. Sometimes in conversations I can get so lost in what I believe without the openness to at least try to understand what I am being told. Maybe I “should like to hear you on this some other time.” In other words, I am done listening.
I read so many of your blogs daily. I really like to hear personal testimonies and how you interpret scripture passages. But just the same, I am sometimes guilty of thinking that this is not what I think or believe and dismiss the entire writing all too easily. Again, I “should like to hear you on this some other time.” In other words, when you get your act together and start believing like me, I will listen.
This is really more in the past for me but a reminder to be open and allow the Holy Spirit to discern what I hear and read. I am getting much better at asking for guidance and am much more comfortable to enter into discussion if prompted. God is good and loves us all. Seeking the truth is his will and I can’t go wrong if I keep that my goal by opening my heart and mind to listen.