R. I am the Lord, your God: hear my voice.
“If only my people would hear me,
and Israel walk in my ways,
Quickly would I humble their enemies;
against their foes I would turn my hand.”
Earlier this week, a student in my class asked me, “Why does God not talk to people anymore like He use to?” I joking told him that people still do claim to hear God’s voice, and we medicate them or put them in clinics. While there is some truth to this joke I do believe that people from the past and even today have “heard God’s voice.”
For me, I have heard God’s voice when I experienced deep consolation while praying in discernment over a decision. I have heard God’s voice when I gave my family dog a blessing as his body was shutting down, only to have his symptoms unexplainably disappear. I have heard God’s voice when a homeless person speaks to me and the juniors on PULSE in a way that causes us to profoundly acknowledge his dignity and competency. While I have never heard an actual voice before, I know God communicates with me through feelings, signs, and human interactions.
The quote from today’s responsorial psalm above suggests that in order to hear God’s voice we must walk in his ways. Truly, living a life with God in mind by practicing loving-kindness will lead us to unquestionable experience of hearing God’s voice in our lives.
—James Barry, Middle School Religious Studies