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“Blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear.” (Matthew 13:16)

If everything God wanted to say could be understood by the human mind, if everything about God were easy to grasp, we would not need his Holy Spirit to explain “mysteries” to us! But it’s not, and we do!

As Jesus said farewell to his disciples, he assured them, “The Advocate, the Holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name—he will teach you everything” (John 14:26). This certainty was so important for them to understand that he repeated it: “The Spirit of truth … will guide you to all truth” (16:13).

The disciples didn’t understand everything Jesus told them. Even though he explained parables to them and gave them specific directions, they still got it wrong sometimes! But they didn’t assume it was impossible. They came to him again and again. They asked him questions. They listened to his words. They pondered his answers and tried to understand them. And then they asked more questions. All they wanted was to know Jesus and to learn how to respond to the desires his presence stirred in their hearts.

Knowing Jesus personally, understanding things of God, is not reserved for a privileged few. It’s for everyone who desires it; everyone who looks with eyes open, hoping to see. It’s for everyone who listens with ears tuned, longing to know more of God. God delights in satisfying hearts that hunger and thirst for him. He wants to assure all of us that it is possible to hear from him personally, to experience his presence, and to learn from him.

Start simply by asking for more desire: “Lord, make me want to know you more.” God loves to answer this prayer. In fact, he is more eager to teach us than we are to learn! He loves to pour revelation into our hearts. Remember St. Paul’s words: We have received “the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the things freely given us by God” (1 Corinthians 2:12).

So turn to the Spirit today and ask him your questions. Then spend some time listening quietly for his response.

“Holy Spirit, open my eyes to see you, and my ears to hear you. I want to know and love my God—Father, Son, and Spirit—more intimately than I do now.”

Exodus 19:1-2,9-11,16-20;

(Psalm) Daniel 3:52-56


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