The great crowd heard this with delight.

Posted in Uncategorized by frtonys on June 5, 2020

This passage comes from the end of today’s Gospel.  Jesus just gave a teaching to the crowd and they listened to it “with delight.”  Jesus’ teaching produced much pleasure in their souls. This is a common reaction to the teaching and presence of Jesus in our lives. There are many other scripture references reveal the effects of Jesus’ words and presence in our lives.  His word and His presence in our lives should be pleasurable.

This fact begs the question, “Do I delight in Jesus’ words?” Too often we see the words of Christ as a burden, restriction or limitation to what we want in life. For that reason, we can often see the will of God as something difficult and burdensome. If you find that the Word of God, Jesus’ words, are hard to hear, then you are starting to head down the right road. You are starting to let His Word “do battle,” with the many the many things of the world that ultimately only leave us dry and empty

This is the first step to being able to delight in the Lord and His words.

The good news is that if you can allow His Word to cut through the many unhealthy attachments you have in life, you will begin to discover that you greatly love His Word and delight in His presence. Spend time, today, reflecting on whether or not you truly do allow yourself to be filled with delight in the Lord’s presence and His words. .  Try to let yourself be drawn in.  Once “hooked,” you will seek Him all the more.

Pray Lord, I desire to delight in You. Help me to turn away from the many attractions and enticements of this world. Help me to seek You and Your Word always. In the discovery of Your Word, fill my soul with the greatest delight. Jesus, I trust in You.

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