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What does it take for understanding? Solomon today asks God for understanding, Jesus again talks in parables in order that those who hear might understand and Paul reminds all of us that “all things work for the good for those who love God? So I ask again, what does it take for understanding?
Fr Thomas Merton a Trappist monk and spiritual writer whose writings have guided many over the years points to the fact that we must get rid of the “false-self” and allow the “true-self” to come forth. That in order for true understanding and love to take place between ourselves and our Lord, we must be willing to shake off all that we have accumulated, that the world has convinced us is right and allow God to open our hearts and minds to his ways that we might understand.
As John the Baptist said to the disciples, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” The Christ that dwells in each of us must be allowed to rise to the surface and that layer of fear, doubt, and anger, jealousy, mistrust fall by the way side. We must open our hearts to allow Jesus’ word to fill all that we do. To not attack those who cannot see and have not been given the gift of a relationship with him, but to reach out to them in love that some day they may come to know him by our actions.
May the Peace of Christ be in you,
Thank you Lord Jesus, Come Holy Spirit