will you recognize him?

Have you ever considered how many times the LORD speaks to someone in the bible? It is a rare week that we fail to hear of the LORD – whether to Elijah or Abraham, Moses or Daniel – giving voice and direction to someone. God’s voice is seldom, if ever, described beyond the words that were heard.

A song, written by David Haas, contains the refrain “If today you hear God’s voice, harden not your heart.” The question is how will I know when God is speaking to me? After all, God doesn’t have a daily radio or television show where you can tune in to get the Word. So how are we to know when God has something to tell us?

A few years ago I enjoyed watching Joan of Arcadia, an Emmy award winning television show that told the story of a teenager, Joan Girardi, who each week encountered and spoke with God and performed some task that she was given. Each week God appeared to Joan as an ordinary human being and each week He was a different person. One week God was a little girl, then a dog walker, next week a trash man, then a newscaster, a housewife, hall monitor, groundskeeper, or a street guitarist.

Reflecting on how God spoke with Joan, I realized that this might be one possible way that God speaks to each of us. When you consider that God is with us and in us, always and everywhere, why should he not speak to us through one another. We are called to see Christ, the Son of God, in every face we meet; if so then what does that tells us about where to hear his voice?

A few weeks ago I spent an evening with a cousin whose husband was near the end of his life. I arrived at their home, filled with questions, wondering why him, why now? I came to realize that God was with us that evening in a very real sense and that he had answered all my questions, every last one of them. I heard God in the voices of my cousin and her husband. I saw Him through the eyes and voice of someone who was ready to meet and speak directly with God, no more middleman.

God does speak to each of us. He answers all our prayers and gives us all that we need to live our lives as he intends. To hear His voice you must look for Him, see Him in others, and then listen with an open heart and mind. I can’t promise that He will tell you what you expect or want to hear, but then, what can you do, after all, He IS God.

About the author: Deacon Chuck

Deacon Chuck was ordained into the permanent diaconate on September 17, 2011, in the ministry of service to the Diocese of Reno and assigned to St. Albert the Great Catholic Community. He currently serves as the parish bulletin editor and website administrator. Deacon Chuck continues to serve the parish of Saint Albert the Great Catholic Community of the Diocese of Reno, Nevada. He is the Director of Adult Faith Formation and Homebound Ministries for the parish, conducts frequent adult faith formation workshops, and is a regular homilist. He currently serves as the bulletin editor for the parish bulletin. He writes a weekly column intended to encompass a broad landscape of thoughts and ideas on matters of theology, faith, morals, teachings of the magisterium and the Catholic Church; they are meant to illuminate, illustrate, and catechize the readers and now number more than 230 articles. His latest endeavor is "Colloqui: A journal for restless minds", a weekly journal of about 8 pages similar in content to bulletin reflections. All his reflections, homilies, commentaries, and Colloqui are posted and can be found on his website: http://deaconscorner.org. Comments are always welcome and appreciated. He is the author of two books: "The Voices of God: hearing God in the silence" which offers the reader insights into how to hear God’s voice through all of the noise that surrounds us; and "Echoes of Love: Effervescent Memories" which through a combination of prose and verse provides the reader with a wonderful journey on the way to discovering forever love. He regularly speaks to groups of all ages and size and would welcome the opportunity to speak to your group.

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