"Give your servant an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?" (1 Kings 3:9)
We've talked, before, about how you listen. I have explained if you want me to be really listening I need something to do with my hands. Today I want you to think about people listening to you. When you really want one person, or a group of people, to pay attention to what you are saying what do you do? How do you share with them? Are you sure they are really listening?
The readings, today, are about living our faith. In the Gospel reading Jesus is sending 70 out "to every town and place where he himself intended to go." (Luke 10:1) In the Galatians reading we are told to help each other "to fulfill the law of Christ." (Galatians 6:2) I especially want you to notice Solomon's request for an "understanding mind." He is now the King of Israel and knows the difficulties, from dysfunctional family to this issues of "his" country, facing him. He also knows, we are told just a few verses before (v. 7), he is a "young child." He is asking for an "understanding mind" so he can govern the people. We know, because we know the story of Solomon, he is considered the king with "wisdom."
In all of these readings the people were sharing with the people they knew - 70 going ahead of Jesus, helping each other and helping understand so as "to discern between good and evil." So my question to you is how are you sharing? Who are you sharing with? As caregivers we share with "our" people as we take care of them but are we sharing how God loves them? Are we sharing how we know God is with us? Something to think about..........
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.