Monday, July 10, 2017

Fourteenth Monday of Ordinary Time

When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he exclaimed, “Truly, the LORD is in this spot, although I did not know it!” In solemn wonder he cried out: “How awesome is this shrine! This is nothing else but an abode of God, and that is the gateway to heaven!” Early the next morning Jacob took the stone that he had put under his head, set it up as a memorial stone, and poured oil on top of it.

After receiving his vision of the stairway to Heaven, Jacob gives glory to God, sets up a memorial stone, anoints it with oil, and vows to become a follower of God if the Lord protects him. These actions can teach us a lot about how to respond to God’s inspirations in our lives. When we receive guidance from God through insights, the voice of our consciences, graces, or other means, we should first give glory to God. Then, we should remember what God has given us and honor the gift as best we can. Lastly, if the inspiration comes from God, then it will have its good fruits and it will be by these fruits that we shall know God’s Will has been done.

Do we give glory to God whenever he does something for us? How can we honor his gifts? What can we do to remain with God as He remains with us?

O Lord, truly you are with us.


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