Reading 1 MAL 3:13-20B
Responsorial Psalm PS 1:1-2, 3, 4 AND 6
Gospel LK 11:5-13
God loves us so abundantly as individuals! He wants us to be dependent upon Him like a child is with their parents. And yet He still wants us to be the individual person that He fashioned into existence. Individual, not independent.
Each of us, as individuals, have a different compilation of features, strengths, weaknesses, personalities, interests, struggles, experiences...etc. I’m Cori, a 25-year-old red-headed lady who has moved 13 times since high school graduation and have recently found a common thread in all the adventure: Catholic Music (which I love). God truly speaks to each of us as individuals. Which means each of us has to choose to hear Him attentively. I choose this when I decide to slow it down and pace my breath because it makes me feel like I am uniting myself to the breath of God (which is pretty cool I gotta say).
And even as we spend time in prayer listening for Him, we hear in the first reading, “The Lord listens attentively!” He listens ATTENTIVELY! He LISTENS attentively. HE listens to me attentively! The one who created existence and love and all things good, listens to ME attentively! But here’s the deal: in order for Him to listen, I need to speak. I need to form some type of communication with him since he isn’t restricted by the mail or a phone call! He accepts all forms of communication as we see in the Gospel, "And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened...”
We breathe all day no matter where we are or what we are doing. I encourage you, dear reader, to intentionally think of the breath of God as you breathe today. It can be literally one breath but decide to unite it to the breath of God. He is calm, peaceful, gentle, loving, generous, and trustworthy! The lyrics to praise and worship music help me too. Some great lyrics to search are Oxygen by Steffany Gretzinger and Defender by Rita Springer and Build my Life by Housefires! Recently, I was feeling really ashamed about all the times I’ve moved and I must have mentioned it to the Lord because he moved in such a powerful way by gathering 16 people who I met along that journey under one roof for 4 days in Nashville 1 week ago! He listens attentively!
Brothers and Sisters be individualistic and dependent upon the Lord! Start the communication with Him! Ask and have hope in the Lord; seek and have hope that you will find what is best for you; knock and have hope that the door will be opened to you. HE LISTENS ATTENTIVELY! Take ownership of the unique way God made you and how he wants to speak with you. Think about what your role is pertaining to the vital part of the body of the church that you play. Think about how you can unite your breath with God today.
Full readings can be found at http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/101019.cfm