Are we following God speaking to us through people or just a person who lacks God?
How often are we following the examples of others? We may or may not be aware but others influence us. We may go along and imitate people we like. And we may like people because they say and appear to be what we admire. But often times people may say something but act differently.
So let us not be moved by what people say and look like but try to see what their actions are telling us. Are they loving and uniting like God? Or are they divisive and hurtful? Let us question who we are holding in admiration. Is it a person or God who is working through a person?
We must always be following God. Since God works through us, we may follow the lead of someone else: parent, friend, or religious. But we must be attentive when they no longer reflect God in their words and actions. We must learn to follow God and not humans.
Let us not focus on seeing the wrong in others but rather where God is working through others. We shouldn’t only be following one person unless that person is Jesus. We must be open enough to see that God may be working through many people in our community. Let us be attentive to God speaking to us in our communities.
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.