Inclusive Lectionary reading: Judges Chapter 13 verses 2-7, 24-25A / Psalm 71 verses 3-4A, 5-6AB, 16-17 /  Luke Chapter 1 verses 5-25.

Silence! Friends, what a great gift silence can be. I am always admired by the Benedictine Monks of Weston Priory who seem to always enter into silence when it comes to times of prayer, work, conversation and when making big decisions that effect the community.

Sometimes I feel, for myself, when I don’t take the time to pause prior to speaking or praying and rush into hasty choices, not giving the due time needed to do so, it becomes a recipe for disaster, like Zechariah who was silenced.  I know that there are times when we need to make quick decisions on a spur of the moment, but when we have that opportunity to truly did deep and allow God to work through us, it is then we can hear God speaking to us.   

Sisters and brothers, we may not necessarily have the freedom as those in religious life, living in community who may have the ability to wait several months or a year to decide, or listening to someone in need and knowing that the best thing to do at times is not speak, giving advice, but to simply listen. Just listen! As the saying goes, ‘Silence is golden!’ Be blessed!

+Michael Theogene

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