Listening to God
Updated: Oct 29, 2020
On Friday night the Young Adults met via zoom, focusing on the theme of encountering God in the scriptures. As St Jerome says, "when we pray we speak to God; but when we read, God speaks to us". For some it was a great learning experience, unlocking the mysteries of the Bible which comes from the world biblia (library). It's not one big book, but a book of many books including different authors, literary genres, narratives, characters, themes, symbols, etc.
We shared resources, tips and tricks on how we study, read and pray the scripture and made simple and practical resolutions for our daily lives such as "reading 10 mins before we go to bed", "revisiting and meditating on a chapter of a Gospel each day", "writing down scripture passages that speak to us and placing it on the fridge" and "using a companion to deepen our understanding and prayer on the daily gospel" and so on. Each one was personal and connected to where we were on our faith journey and relationship with God's word.
It was a night of great reflection and joy - we even made references to Disney, the Titanic and Phantom of the Opera where the great love stories that excite and move us lead us towards the greatest love story that God has written in our hearts and that continues to call us into today. From the beginning we were created for love, through his covenant, word, signs, deeds and fulfilment in Jesus Christ, Our Lord has loved us unconditionally. Even now through the movement of the Holy Spirit He invites us into His story of love that will lead us to our final destination that we were ultimately created for (to be with Him in eternal love/communion).
I would like to thank Diana (who is unfortunately not pictured as she had to run off and serve dinner for the house) who helped run this session, offering discussion points, sharing personal insight to her relationship with scripture and leading our opening and closing prayer. Secondly, I would like to welcome Becca who joined our Parish inbetween lockdown #1 and #2, seen at our '20 person' mass on Sunday and courageously joined us online for the first time. It was so wonderful for us all to meet her and were grateful for her contributions to our reflection and laughter shared in conversation. We look forward to many more lively sessions. All young adults are welcome (via zoom)!
During this time of isolation the best thing we can do is turn to God in our cries, our hopes, our joys and our sufferings because only through Him will we find true peace, mercy and love. Pray for us as we journey with God through Scripture and we pray that you too may find Him, for "in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." Jn 1:1. God bless.