Seek and Listen: Weekly Message for 4-11-17

Dear Digital Pilgrim, Pax Christi:

No one listened to Jesus. The Apostles wanted him to usher in an earthly Kingdom instead of the spiritual Kingdom he kept telling them about. The leaders in Jerusalem wanted his discomforting presence eliminated from an already complicated religious and political situation. The Romans just wanted the crowds to relax and calm down… Everyone had their own agenda. And no one listened to Jesus. Instead, they
crucified him.

During Holy Week, the entire Church, throughout the whole world, seeks to reverse that horrific pattern. We seek to listen to Jesus. To quiet our souls, and our busy lives, and join in prayer with our fellow believers. We seek to gather in the powerful liturgies and let God’s Word penetrate our minds and our hearts. We seek to open our souls to him in confession and receive his Word of grace and wisdom through that sacrament. We seek, above all, to accompany our beloved Lord, spiritually and liturgically, during those fateful days when no one else would listen to him.

He is the Word of God. He longs to be listened to, to be heard, to be welcomed. Especially during Holy Week.

We here at RCSpirituality are supporting all of our digital pilgrims and missionaries with our prayers during these special days. And I personally want to invite you to be courageous this Holy Week. Don’t let it be just another week. Make it different, no matter how hard it may be. Somehow, break away from the tangles of this passing world and create space to listen to the heartbeats of our Lord and Savior, our Creator and Redeemer. We don’t need to worry about what we are supposed to say. We don’t need to worry about what he may say. We just need to quiet our souls and stay close to him. In that way, we will give him room to continue spreading the power of his redemption just a little bit further into our own corner of time of space. And that,
in the end, is what it’s all about.

May God bless you and keep you!
Fr. John Bartunek, LC, SThD

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