Wednesday, July 6, 2011

7/6/11 - What I Say To You In Darkness, Speak In The Light

Matthew 10:

27 What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.

In Matthew 10 Jesus is speaking specifically to the Twelve, so these words are meant for them. However, there is a crucial truth in this one verse for anyone who wants to grow spiritually.

Jesus teaches in the darkness. He teaches in silence. He teaches without words.

The more I've grown spiritually, the more I've realized this. Great emotional moments are nice. Obvious signs from God are very nice. But ... they aren't ultimately what the Christian should be after. The Christian should be seeking God, and not need any of those things. The God that teaches in silence.

One thing is for sure -- one after another, the Saints are unanimous on this teaching. Some articulate it better than others. Some, like Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Therese of Liseaux, Alphonsus Liguori, and Francis de Sales -- have been able to articulate this in texts that stand as masterpieces for us to learn from. Others have just lived it. Of all people, St. Paul couldn't even describe it in his letters, he could only hint at it with terms like "the peace of God which transcends all understanding." But one saint after another agreed with this remarkable thought.

God is within us. He teaches us in silence. You can search the world over for Him, and eventually you will find Him within yourself.

If you want to dive into this subject in detail, go out and buy THIS book. You won't be disappointed.

The Fire Within by Father Thomas Dubay

No comments:

Post a Comment

Leave a Comment!