Do we spend our energy challenging God that we are unable to see God’s grace?
People may often question God and God’s motives. In times of sorrow or pain we may retaliate against God and ask why God isn’t present. At other times, we may feel like we have a better sense of how things should play out. We question why God isn’t doing things the way we want. In every case, God answers.
Yet, when God answers or confronts us, how can we truly respond? Why is it then that we are at a loss of words? Do we at those moments realize that God is God and we are not? When God’s grace enters our situation do we then finally realize how incorrect our perspective was? We may be seeking our will to be done but God shows us that it will always be God’s will that is done.
In such moments, when God resolves our problems we can finally understand that we are meant to cooperate with God’s will. We are meant to be in tune with God’s mission and rely on God past our worldly problems.
At other times, God may ask us to respond in a certain way but we may be deaf to hear God. Based on how we condition our lives, we may tune out God. If our attention is on earthly things then we will be unable to hear what God is asking of us. In this same way, we have nothing to say when God speaks to us. Let us work to always listen for God’s word and be open to God’s will rather than ours.
As a Maryknoll seminarian, Diego Ramirez talks about his experience serving and accompanying communities abroad. In this conversation Diego defines or redefines what ‘missionary work’ means and how Christians can connect with our fellow neighbors.