Revelation and Response

by Ciel Tagaza

God’s Word is revelation. The story of creation demonstrates how God spoke the world and all that is in it into being. And that is just the beginning of the unraveling of the mystery of God. The Bible chronicles how God reveals Himself through and in time, from the Old Testament to the New – entering human history by becoming man in the Person of Jesus – and beyond the pages of Scripture as God continues to reveal Himself by the power of the Holy Spirit through the centuries and millennia.

It is because of this inexhaustible revelation that we can worship every day, every prayer meeting and every Sunday. There is always something new to discover about God, and worship is our response to His endless revelation. Worship is hinged on the mystery of our faith.

“Thus faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.”
(Romans 10:17)

We cannot respond appropriately if we do not listen to what God is saying and pay attention to what He is showing. Reflect on the recent liturgical readings – here is Jesus, describing Himself as the Good Shepherd who guides, protects and provides for His flock and whose sheep hear His voice.

“My sheep hear My voice; I know them, and they follow Me.”
(John 10:27)

Jesus continues to reveal Himself and speak to His followers to this day. Our faith is based on a relationship with Someone who is risen and alive, in Jesus who communicates Himself to us in the Eucharist, who reveals Himself to us in scripture, who speaks to us
through the Pope, priests and pastors who preach God’s Word, and through the counsel of our friends who walk with us in this spiritual journey. Jesus whispers to us through our conscience.

Do you hear His voice? Are you responding to Him?

Our response or lack of says a lot about the state of our relationship with Him.

So, go to Mass more often. Read the Bible. Heed the Pope’s, priest’s and your pastor’s teachings. Consider your trusted spiritual friend’s advice. Listen to your conscience. And bring your response in prayer and worship. Live it out.

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