Posted by: Thomas Richard | February 7, 2021

Open Letter to Preachers

My ideas about Jesus will not give me peace.
A preacher’s or pastor’s opinions about Jesus will not give me peace.
My theological or doctrinal conclusions about Jesus will not give me peace.
Nor will yours, give me – or you – peace.

My talking to Jesus will not give me peace.
Your talking about Jesus will not give me peace.
Sitting and talking and listening in a group (with workbooks!) about Jesus will not give me peace.
My reading the Bible, seeking to find my understandings, my opinions, my thoughts – myself – in the Bible about myself or about Jesus, will not give me peace.

My prayers to Jesus – if only monolog about me, my thoughts, my hopes, my fears, my wishes, my opinions – will not give me peace.
Neither will my silent daydreaming, even before the Blessed Sacrament, even though giving me a reprieve from the external noises of the world, give me peace.
“Helping” Jesus know ME is useless: He knows me, better than I do myself.
What do I need?  I NEED TO KNOW JESUS.  And I need to come to know myself as He knows me.

I need to seek Him where He reveals Himself – where He reveals Holy Truth – where He uncovers what is hidden by the noise and business of the world, by the clutter and deceptions and hiding places of my own heart.  I need to seek Him where He has been waiting for 2000 years now: In Divine Revelation, in the Holy Scripture, in the parables and testimonies and mysteries of His sacred acts and His precious words in Holy Scripture.

I NEED TO LISTEN TO JESUS – I NEED TO HEAR HIM!
 –
Lectio divina, rightly understood and practiced with right disposition can enable a hungry soul to encounter Jesus in Holy Scripture.  Nothing more fancy, no “Complete Program for Today’s Busy Adults!” on today’s Christian or Catholic market can replace the work of the Holy Spirit in a hungry seeker of Truth, who listens to His Word, and trembles in reverence before the Holy.

Isa 66:1-2  Thus says the LORD:
“Heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool;
what is the house which you would build for me,
and what is the place of my rest?

All these things my hand has made,
and so all these things are mine, says the LORD.
But this is the man to whom I will look,
he that is humble and contrite in spirit,
and trembles at my word.


Responses

  1. Wow, powerful post, Thomas. The Truth is a beautiful thing to hear, read, see. Thank you!

  2. Yes, Thomas, this is a powerful post as Susan has already said, and the ending verses from Isaiah 66:1-2 are words to cherish in our hearts.

    Jesus is our Way, our Truth, and our Life, and if we are to live in Him, as we are called to do, we need to Listen to Him and do the Truth He has spoken.

    Come Holy Spirit, open “the ears of our hearts” and bring us into all Truth. Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us.

  3. Oh, goodness, Tom! This is so true; and I am so thankful that you are so articulate and knowledgeable of Holy Scripture, and are willing to help us through your Zoom Bible study classes on Sunday afternoon!
    Thank you for your blogs, too.

  4. Very inspirational. Sounds like we may get a 3rd chance.


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