Saturday, May 5, 2018

Reading the "Road Signs"

In today's first reading, Acts 16: 1-10,  Paul and Timothy are traveling through Phrygian and Galatian territory because "they were prevented by the Holy Spirit from preaching the message in the province of Asia. When they came to Mysia, they tried to go on into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did no allow them, [so they went] to Troas [instead].  During the night Paul had a vision. A Macedonian stood before him [and begged him to come] over to Macedonia and help us."

WOW! How tuned into the Spirit's directions, the Spirit's nudges, were Paul and Timothy!  How perfectly Paul and Timothy read the "road signs"!  The questions that we need to ask ourselves are: How tuned into the Spirit's guiding messages am I, are you?   Do we recognize the "road signs": "Danger ahead," "Falling rocks," "Sharp Curve," "Do not enter," etc.?  

The Spirit of Jesus is as close to us as to Paul. God's "road signs" pop up in our lives as much as in the lives of early Christians!  Are we training ourselves to recognize those "signs"? Are we tuned into the Spirit's voice, sensitive to the Spirit's nudges or are we so preoccupied with the plans we've set up for ourselves that we notice nothing else!  God may send His message through our children, grandchildren, spouses, our co-workers!  The Spirit may nudge us through nurses or doctors, caregivers, fellow men/religious or brother priests (if we are a member of a religious community or of the priesthood).  Are we listening? Have we tuned in?  Are we training ourselves to intuitively sense the Spirit's presence?  Are we willing to turn back, so to speak, when we encounter a subtle or not so subtle warning?

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